Single-use plastics: are you #ReadyToChange?
- Published on Jun 4, 2018
- Life moves so fast that we don’t always have the time to think about the impact of the small, daily choices we make - like using a take-away coffee cup with a plastic lid or accepting a straw with our drink.
43% of all marine litter polluting our oceans is made up of just 10 types of single-use plastic items; food containers, take-away beverage cups and lids, cotton buds, cutlery (including plates, stirrers and straws), balloons and balloon sticks, packets and wrappers, beverage bottles, cigarette butts, sanitary products, and carrier bags. As soon as we’re finished using these items, they often end up in the natural world; washed up on beaches or submerged in our oceans. This litter negatively impacts ecosystems, biodiversity - and even human health.
This can’t continue. We need to be ready to change the way we think about single-use plastic.
The single-use plastic initiative is part of the EU’s broader Circular Economy agenda, including the world's first Plastics Strategy: an EU-wide drive to increase awareness about plastic waste and our transition towards a more sustainable, circular economy. The awareness-raising campaign has been launched to accompany and promote new measures to tackle the problem at its root cause, including reduction and collection targets, obligations for producers, and awareness-raising measures.
More information: ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/plastic_waste.htm
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