THE EU CONDEMNS THE EXCESSIVE PRODUCTION OF DISPOSABLE PLASTIC
- 11 May, 2019
Last March, the agreement reached last year with the Council of the EU, by which measures to restrict the use of disposable plastics, was approved in the Parliament of the Union.
Thanks to this new agreement, by the next 2021 will be prohibited items such as straws, plates, cutlery, or ear swabs, made of plastics that will only have a single use to end up in the stomachs of our fish and dirtying our seas and oceans.
Thanks to this proposal, manufacturers working within the Union will also be obliged to comply with new recycling rules and responsibilities, reinforcing the "Who pollutes, pays" principle.
All products must have a label that warns of their environmental impact, so the consumer can take this detail into account before deciding to buy it.
The Member States have committed to meet the objective of collecting at least 90% of plastic bottles, a product that accounts for almost 80% of the total plastic waste that is found in our seas.
Although this is, first of all, good news, the truth is that we had to reach a point too extreme to have to begin to raise awareness. And certainly, even though the agreement has already been approved, it will not come into force for two years. It is in our hand to start with small steps from today.
That the proposal has been created and accepted, is undoubtedly a reflection of our social conscience towards a more eco-sustainable life.
Reducing the consumption of disposable products is simple, and promoting an ecological intelligence in your day-to-day will lead you to, without realizing it, a healthier life.