Last October, the European Parliament approved a bill TO BAN SINGLE USE PLASTIC across the EU by 2021. While this probably comes a bit late, it’s a very positive and much needed step towards plastic elimination.
Why is this bill so important? Well, it has been estimated that if plastic consumption continues without taking any action, there would be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Doesn’t that sound mad? There’s more; fish are eating all that plastic that we’ve thrown into the ocean and, well, those of us who eat fish are now eating micro plastics. (And hey, it’s not just us saying this, there have been studies about it, some examples are this one from the university of Vienna or this study done by Environmental pollution.
Interestingly, some of these studies have discovered micro plastics in human bodies that don’t consume fish. So where do the micro plastic particles come from? We don’t know, but it’s safe to say that plastic is everywhere and it’s far from healthy.
There are plenty more reasons why this is a huge step towards sustainability. Plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills, and guess what? There are approximately 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic o in US landfills only! Can you imagine the amount that we have all over the world?
What does the ban on single use plastic include?
The first step is to ban single use plastic that currently have a sustainable alternative. This includes straws, plastic containers, cutlery, plates, cotton buds, balloon sticks etc. Other items that don’t currently have an alternative, will have to be reduced by 25% by 2025. Other actions to be taken are to reduce cigarettes waste by 50% and a 15% reduction in fishing gear, also in 2025.
What can YOU do to make an impact? YOU CAN START NOW. There’s no need to wait for 2021. Ditch the plastic right now, switch to alternative materials like bamboo. Here are our top tips to live a plastic free life, we know it’s not easy but it’s definitely worth it!