Reducing Plastic Bags by 80%

Julia Weber
May 7th 2014

We all know about the plastic pollution problem that affects our Plastic Planet; we already reported about smart solutions such as the Ocean Cleanup Array and the microorganism that can biodegrade plastic.

Now there comes finally a European Union action whose goal is to reduce the consumption of the one-way disposable bags within 5 years by 80 percent.

A EU Commission draft bill that includes taxes, dues and prohibitions, shall regulate the use of plastic bags with a thickness of 0,05 millimeter. These are the bags used to pack in vegetables and fruits. The proposal doesn't include the thicker bags that you can buy at the cash-desks, for instance.

According to the EU Parliament 100 billion of bags are used in Europe each year, which means 200 bags per citizen. Eight billions of these plastic objects find their way into the ocean, where they endanger the marine ecosystem.

Certainly the Parliament has to negotiate with the EU-Government after the European elections in autumn 2014. We could learn from Ireland, which already introduced a low charge for the use of plastic bags, and lowered the per capita consumption from over 300 to 21 bags.

Source: www.dw.de
Related Posts: Plastic Planet, Plastic Pollution Solution,  Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

Share your thoughts and join the technology debate!

 

Comments are members only. Login to your account and join the technology debate.

LOGIN
Not a member? Join us

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Joyce Nabuurs: To me this question seems to be a logical next step in the emancipation movement of the past century. More and more women entered the workspace, but the responsibility for pregnancy and childrearing remained female.

Comment
Already a member? Login.