The Bundestag has passed a law to ban disposable plastic products by July 2021.
The new law covers a wide range of single-use plastics, which include cotton buds, cutlery and straws, to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up polluting our oceans according to Euractiv.
The move by Germany’s lower house of government is set to match the European Union’s commitments to restrict the use of certain single-use plastic items, which the EU Commission claims amounts to 70 per cent of the waste that pours into oceans.
Currently, EU regulations are set to ban several products currently made of single-use plastics where a sustainable alternative exists.
From Disposable To Sustainable
Germany’s legislation is on the same lines as the EU Parliament’s approval of an EU wide law banning certain plastic use items.
- Single-use plastic forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks and other cutlery
- Disposable Plastic plates
- Plastic straws
- Cotton bud sticks that are made of plastics
- Balloon sticks made of plastics
- Expanded polystyrene cups and oxo-degradable plastics and food containers
All of these products have an environmentally alternative. Several takeaway restaurants either do not provide cutlery at all or replace it with wooden cutlery that can be recycled or reused. Plastic straws have been widely replaced by reusable straws in the UK and across the EU.
Cotton bud sticks can be replaced by wood or other biodegradable materials, as can balloon sticks. Polystyrene cups and containers have already been widely replaced by cardboard.