Plastic Pushback

Countries Ban Single-Use Plastics




Kanittha Boon/Shutterstock.com

Bans on plastic consumption have been increasing globally for the last two years. Single-use plastics will be officially banned in the Bahamas by 2020, including plastic bags collected at the point of sale, straws, Styrofoam food containers and plastic utensils. Also, the release of balloons in the air will be illegal. Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda have already banned single-use plastic products. In Kenya it’s illegal to produce, sell or use plastic bags. Haiti has banned plastic bags and Styrofoam products. Belize moved to ban single-use plastics by April 2019. The UK has outlined a plan to eradicate plastic use completely by 2042.

The Clean Seas Campaign, launched in 2017 by the United Nations Environment Programme, aims to increase global public and corporate awareness of the critical need to reduce marine litter.


This article appears in the November 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Rebirthing Books

Rather than letting books collect dust at home, we can donate them to local, national and international efforts that redistribute them to readers and underfunded libraries worldwide.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

See More »This Month

Plug In to a New Way to Work both Independently and Collaboratively

PLUGIN workspace, a membership-based, shared office start-up, has opened its first location in the Port Clinton Mall, in downtown Highland Park.

Lakeview Integrative Medicine Offers Range of Services

Lakeview Integrative Medicine integrates Western medicine with modalities that include acupuncture, nutrition, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, bio-identical hormones and homeopathy.

Global Girlfriends

Northern Illinois native Stacey Edgar made it her business to help women all over the world by developing employment opportunities for them through her fair trade business, Global Girlfriend.

Free Rain Barrels Available in Cook County

The Southeast Environmental Task Force, in connection with the Metropolitan Water District of Chicago, is taking orders for free rain barrels until December 31 for Cook County residents.

Moshkovich Opens Acupuncture and TCM Practice in Glenview

Lana Moshkovich, LAc, ND, MSOM, trained in both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has opened a new office in the heart of downtown Glenview.

Real Change

There is within us the greatest power ever created. There is not a manmade energy that is stronger, nor will there ever be. This power is everywhere we are; it never gets depleted nor does it run out of solutions.