In 2018, after 13 hours of negotiations, the European Union agreed to ban disposable plastics. Disposable plastic includes cotton swabs, plastic dishes and drinking straws. All these products will disappear from the market in the future if sustainable alternatives are not used. The ban is intended to make the world's oceans cleaner. According to the EU, 26 million tonnes of plastic waste are generated in Europe every year. The ban is based on the EU Commission's proposal of May 2018. Reduction targets have also been called for so that less plastic is used in food packaging in the future.
Plastic drinking straw ban when in the EU?
The new directive is to be implemented throughout the EU from 2021. The following products are to be banned:
Plastic drinking straws (drinking straws made from renewable raw materials such as Wisefood are of course still permitted and are increasingly in demand)
Edible drinking straws - Ø 6 mm - 22,5 cm long (black straws)
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Numerous wisefood customers are already using our sustainable alternative- even before the official plastic drinking straw ban. Our straws can now be found in numerous hotels (e.g. Mercure Hotel in Stuttgart), in restaurants and also in retail outlets such as REWE and EDEKA. Even large fast food chains are already looking at alternatives. Starbucks, for example, has announced that it will do away with plastic straws in 2020. At Wisefood, we help numerous large companies switch to sustainable drinking straws.
Bans in other countries
More and more countries are banning plastic drinking straws and other disposable products. In the following countries bans are already implemented or in planning:
Kenya, Africa: already since 2017 a law has been in force there that bans plastic bags. This is to prevent the blockage of drains and watercourses, which is responsible for the great drinking water pollution.
New Delhi, India: since 2012 all disposable bags are banned! Other Indian cities and districts are also participating in plastic bans.
Italy: since 2011 plastic bags are prohibited. Only bags made of biodegradable materials are allowed.
Rwanda, Africa: since 2008 there is a strict ban on the import, production, sale and possession of plastic bags.
San Francisco, USA: a ban on plastic bags has been in force since 2017. The use of plastic bottles is also only allowed to a limited extent.
Bangladesh: thin plastic bags have been banned since 2002. It was the first country in the world to issue such a plastic ban. The reason for this was the clogging of drainage systems.
China: since 2008, free plastic bags have been banned to counteract irresponsible use. The production of thin plastic bags has been completely banned.
Bali, Indonesia: there is a major waste problem in Bali, which has prompted the government to ban all disposable plastic items, such as shopping bags, straws and crockery, from summer 2019. This is to reduce the amount of garbage around the island.
Garbage on the beaches of Bali and Indonesia (Video)
By the way, last year we were on Bali ourselves with wisefood to have a look at the cluttered beaches. What we saw there really shocked us - miles and miles of just plastic garbage! We made a video to show you what's going on off the cleaned tourist beaches.
We also took numerous photos and close-ups, in which it is clearly visible that a large part of the garbage was caused by plastic drinking straws. We support the increasing number of plastic drinking straw bans and are sure that the world's beaches can become cleaner as the consumption of our sustainable straw increases.
Plastic is one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. Especially disposable plastic articles pollute our seas and beaches, many animals consider plastic as food and die from it. To protect our oceans, the European Union has presented a new plastic strategy for all EU member states in 2018.
From 03 July 2021, the new one-time plastic ban will come into force. This includes
Plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks)
Plastic dishes (plates, bowls)
Packaging for hot food and drinks made of polystyrene (Styrofoam)
Plastic cotton swabs
various disposable products made of bio-plastic.
At Wisefood we care about the environment, which is why we have made it our mission to significantly reduce the consumption of disposable plastics as early as 2017. This is why we produce edible, sustainable disposable tableware from exclusively renewable raw materials such as cereals and by-products of food production, for example apple pomace from apple juice production.
With our sustainable, edible drinking straw SUPERHALM, we have already been able to replace over 100 million plastic straws and plan to substitute more than one billion straws worldwide by 2022. Apart from our Zero Waste SUPERHALM, we offer edible spoons, stir sticks and chop sticks. We need to actively reduce our single-use plastic consumption and sustainable alternatives are the way to do it, the EU finally sees that too.
We look forward to developments after 03 July 2021.
Source: The German consumer advice centre https://www.verbraucherzentrale.de/wissen/lebensmittel/lebensmittelproduktion/gesetzliche-regeln-wie-deutschland-einwegplastik-verbannen-will-7022
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