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Today’s Solutions: June 23, 2024

Spain to ban plastic wrapping

Spain to ban plastic wrapping on fruits and vegetables by 2023

After years of campaigning from green activists to stop grocers and large supermarkets alike from wrapping fresh produce in plastic packaging, the Spanish government is now finally devising legislation that will ban the use of this unnecessary waste by 2023. The move is part of a decree currently Read More...

Plastic crisis: India will ban

Plastic crisis: India will ban single-use plastic items by 2022

With growing awareness about the huge environmental threat of single-use plastics, countries around the world, like Chile and New Zealand, have ramped up their efforts against plastic pollution by strategically banning disposable plastics. Now India is committing to a plastic-free future as well. Read More...

New Zealand will ban most sing

New Zealand will ban most single-use plastic items by 2025

While New Zealand is considered to be one of the greenest countries in the world, it is currently one of the top ten per-capita producers of landfill waste worldwide. That may soon change, however, thanks to new legislation that will ban most single-use plastics by 2025. Among the main items Read More...

Chile’s single-use plast

Chile's single-use plastic ban will cut over 23,000 tons of waste annually

In a major win for environmentalists and marine ecosystems, Chile has passed a plastic regulation bill that would cut the country’s plastic waste by over 23,000 tons per year. Among other things, the new law will take aim at reducing plastic waste in the food industry and will also introduce a Read More...

South Australia becomes first

South Australia becomes first Aussie state to ban single-use plastics

Although bans on single-use plastics have been enforced in countries all around the world, such policy has yet to be implemented in Australia. But that is about to change after South Australia became the first Australian state to introduce laws banning some single-use plastics including cutlery, Read More...

Germany will say goodbye to si

Germany will say goodbye to single-use plastic as early as 2021

No more single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers for Germany. Starting next summer, the European country will end the sale of plastics including disposable cutlery, plates, stirring sticks and balloon holders, as well as polystyrene cups and boxes. The ban will mean the country Read More...

China to ban single-use plasti

China to ban single-use plastic bags and food containers by the end of 2020

As plastic pollution becomes ever more ubiquitous each year, China - one of the biggest contributors to the problem - is set to introduce a ban on all non-degradable plastic bags and single-use straws in its major cities. By the end of the year, the country is expected to ban the production and Read More...

Island-nation Vanuatu to ban d

Island-nation Vanuatu to ban disposable diapers in fight against pollution

It is but a tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean, but the island state of Vanuatu is leading the global fight against plastic waste. Being one of several Pacific nations severely affected by climate change, Vanuatu introduced one of the toughest single-use plastic bans in the world earlier this year. Read More...

Vermont just passed the most c

Vermont just passed the most comprehensive ban on single-use plastics in the US

If $7,500 isn’t enough to motivate you to move to Vermont (see yesterday’s main story), then maybe this will: Vermont just joined the growing list of states swearing off single-use plastics by adopting the nation’s broadest restrictions yet on shopping bags, straws, drink stirrers, and foam Read More...

Canada pledges to ban single-u

Canada pledges to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021

Plastic forks and takeout containers could soon become a thing of the past for Canadians, as the country’s government has announced on Monday that it will ban single-use plastics from as early as 2021, joining a growing global movement in the fight against plastic pollution. Citing the example Read More...