According to the Secretary of the Association Anura Herath, it costs around one rupee to manufacture a small shopping bag while prior to this a lunch sheet was manufactured at around 60 cents and a shopping bag also cost around 60 cents to manufacture.
He pointed out that as a considerable sum has to be spent for the new raw materials for the manufacture of lunch sheets and polythene bags, a lunch sheet would have to be sold at around Rs. 3.50 to 4.00 and a small shopping bag around Rs. 1.50 to 2.00.
Herath said the new lunch sheets and polythene bags will be available in the market from Janury 01, 2018.