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The EU Prohibits Plastic Disposables

What did you do last week? We celebrated this cheerful, environmentally-friendly news. It must be one of the best things to have happened in the last several weeks, the EU Parliament has voted yes to ban the use of a whole variety of plastic disposables. Hurra!

The purpose of the new legislation is to reduce environmental degradation by prohibiting one-time use plastic items which greatly contribute to the litter of our world’s oceans. We may think that we are good at recycling the plastic we consume, but unfortunately, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans every year. And if we don’t pay attention, our seas will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.

The new EU rules focus mainly on the plastic products that we find most frequently in nature today: cotton swabs(Q-tips), cutlery, plastic plates, straws, cocktail stirrers and balloon sticks. It may not sound like such a big change, but if we remove these from our oceans and shores, we could reduce litter by as much as 70 percent.  And that is pretty unbelievable! The intention is for the ban to be effective sometime during 2021.

We here at Food Pharmacy banned plastic disposable items at the shop from day 1. And for alternatives to plastic straws we have bamboo straws! The hope is that you will always carry at least one straw in your bag, so you can pass up the plastic straws offered at every cafe. Check them out in the shop.

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