Thousands of people in Ho Chi Minh City participated in a festival on September 15, which aims to popularise the use of environmentally-friendly bags.

Themed “Green bags for green environment”, the festival included a series of activities to raise people’s awareness of the need to stop using nylon bags.

An exhibition showcased various types of shopping bags instead of nylon ones, while visitors can receive gifts when they hand in nylon bags.

There were also volunteers who taught visitors how to make bags from used paper.

Ho Chi Minh City is among Vietnam’s leading localities in reducing nylon bag use and controlling environmental pollution caused by nylon bags.

As of 2012, 80 percent of local supermarkets reduced the use of nylon bags by replacing them with those made from environmentally-friendly materials.-VNA