Where in the World Has a Plastic Ban Gone Into Effect?
It can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bag to decompose. 1000 years. Think about that. The plastic crisis has been getting more and more attention in recent years but it still needs more.
From things like bags to bottles and straws, plastic is polluting areas of this world and the creatures that live in them. Thankfully, plastic bans are coming into place. To learn about some of the plastic bans around the world, keep reading.
World Plastic Bans on Bags
When people think of plastic usage they often think of plastic bags and plastic straws. But when they're done with those items it's common sense that everything we use doesn't just disappear...it sits somewhere!
These places below have said no to letting plastic bags continue to fill our world.
In 2011, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) said no to single-use polyethylene polymer bags, and we couldn't be more grateful. It was a wake-up call that the amount of bags in our world was way past the limit.
This ban raised national awareness and dropped the ACT's plastic usage by a third!
China may produce a lot of the world's waste, but when it comes to plastic bags they've taken the bull by the horns.
China banned single-use bags from all shops, and to back that warning up there's a threat of a 10,000 Yuan charge. For reference, that's about $2,000 Australian dollars.
No messing around there.
This move has caused for a 66% drop in plastic bag usage in China, and for a population of its size, this is huge!
United States Cities
Although we can't praise the U.S. for stepping up and tackling plastic as a whole, some of their cities are.
San Fransico banned plastic bag usage in 2007, and this has sparked both awareness and mindfulness within people all across the states.
We want the other 50 States to all get on board!
Plastic Straw Bans
Some places have stepped up to face a plastic problem that's killing our ocean's wildlife (and so much more): straws.
In 2018, Seattle, Washington banned plastic straws. And we fully support that.
Straws are great for enjoying your drink, but those suckers can take up to 500 years to decompose.
Still, it's nice to use a straw. So we recommend switching to a biodegradable one.
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market is a place we have to praise for its recent ban on all plastic bags and straws.
This means that shoppers from all over will have to use things like boxes or biodegradable options.
We especially like this scenario because it spreads awareness and even helps the local economy. Local trolly drivers have stepped up to offer transportation of goods for people, meaning that people have more job outlets and community connectivity!
We hope you've mustered some confidence from reading about cities and places all across the world with plastic bans. We hope even more so that you step up in raising awareness about plastics long-lasting effects.
We're here to help you help the earth!