Denizli raises voice against plastic bags .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} DENİZLİ - Support is growing for the "No Plastic Bags!" campaign in Denizli in southwest Turkey.

Started by the environmental group of the Denizli Municipality, the campaign is supported by the chambers of professions, some nongovernmental organizations and shopping mall managers.

Speaking at a press conference held at the municipality, Mayor Nihat Zeybekci said people in Denizli were favorable to the No Plastic Bags! campaign and that it would greatly contribute to environmental protection.

"Giving up the use of plastic bags will be a great gift to future generations," said Zeybekci. "It is now time for us to stop using plastic bags that are a major factor in pollution."

Zeybekci said this was a policy that many countries followed and would make waves across the whole country.

"In some of the most modern countries of the world, the use of plastic bags and bottles is not as common as it is Turkey. We should start to use bags made of paper and cloth," said the mayor. "This project will set a good example to all of the cities in Turkey."

Chairman of the Denizli Chamber of Industry Müjdat Keçeci agreed with the mayor.

"I visit places all around the world and see that the use of plastic bags has almost finished," the Chairman of the Chamber explained. "There are 500 billion plastic bags consumed every year, which is a concern when thinking about 10 years from now."