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The fight against single-use plastic

Did you know that more countries are joining the fight against single-use plastic? Here's a little update in case you've missed it.

Right now, 50% of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once. Luckily, more and more countries are taking up the fight against single-use plastic (eg. bottles, takeaway containers, straws etc.).

At UN's Ocean Conference 2022 that was held recently in Lisbon single-use plastic was in focus. Since 2002 where Bangladesh was the first country to introduce a ban, more countries are now acting. Recently countries like India and Canada have acted on making a ban.

  • Canada is banning single-use plastics such as checkout bags, cutlery, straws, and food-service ware by the end of 2022

  • India will be banning the manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of some single-use plastics with the effect from July 1

  • In 2021 France banned plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables

  • In 2019 170 countries agreed to reduce single-use plastic by 2030

Why fight plastic pollution?

Plastic bags are used on average for 15 minutes and more than 1 million end up in the trash every minute. Every year 1 trillion single-use plastic bags are used and 10% of those end up in our oceans.

Globally, we produce more than 300 million tons of plastic waste every year. This is nearly equivalent to the entire weight of the human population

... but less than 9% of the plastic produced gets recycled.


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