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Plastic straws (straws, straws, bulbs, straws), cotton buds (cotton swabs) and disposable plates are just the most striking examples.
But the idea of banning all disposable products made from plastic is ringing louder. The United Kingdom has just announced its ban and the draft of the European directive has just been leaked that would do the same across the continent from August.
According to estimates, 46 billion plastic bottles, 36.4 billion straws, 16 billion disposable cups and 2.5 billion single-use food containers are thrown away each year.
Goodbye to disposable plastic
While Theresa May announced the decision to ban these types of products because "plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the country." The text of the draft recognizes that regulating a very limited number of objects would reduce 86% of the plastics found on the beaches of the Union.
And it is curious how small measures can have a much more important impact than we might expect. Without leaving the UK, the rate of plastic bags reduced their use by 90%. That's 9 billion bags less.
There are "more than 150 million tons of plastic in the world's oceans and more than a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals killed by eating and becoming entangled in plastic waste each year," May explained. And sadly, projections say that the plastic in the oceans will triple in the next decade.
The symbolic battle against the 8.5 billion plastic straws that are discarded annually in the country has led McDonald’s to remove them from its stores on British soil.
You start with something, there is a lot to change.
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