We haven’t consumed the second month of the year yet, but 2018 has already provided us with concrete action in the fight against plastic pollution, at least in the UK. Buckingham Palace has devised a plan to phase out the use of disposable plastics, as a growing number of restaurants and bars join the global movement to end straws.
Changes and public awareness, along with new restrictions on shipping plastics to China (which received 66% of all UK plastic waste), have forced businesses and government agencies to rethink traditional strategies for plastics. plastic waste management. Below we see the list of measures adopted by this country, we hope it will be extended to the rest of the countries.
The queen bans disposable plastics.
Buckingham Palace has drawn up a plan to phase out the use of disposable plastics. The new plan calls for an end to the use of straws and plastic bottles in public and private dining rooms. In addition, biodegradable packaging for food will be introduced. The Queen made the decision after working on a documentary with David Attenborough, produced by the BBC.
Restaurants are eliminating plastic straws.
A growing number of UK restaurants and bars are joining the global movement to end the use of plastic straws. Franchises like Costa Coffee, Pizza Express, Wagamama and Wetherspoons have made plans to phase out the use of non-biodegradable straws in 2018. Some independent establishments have also followed suit, encouraging their customers to forgo straw or to use a biodegradable product.
Scotland announces nationwide bans.
While many companies and individuals have made great strides in phasing out plastic straws, Scotland has taken a step forward by announcing plans for a nationwide straw ban, which will take effect this year. A previous announcement announced that the sale and manufacture of cotton and plastic discs would be banned, which will be phased out in 2018.
UK says no to microplastics.
In January, the UK government’s ban on microplastics went into effect. These small plastic particles are widely used in cosmetics, soaps and toothpastes, and due to their small size, they can leave sewage treatment plants and contaminate rivers and lakes. The first phase of the plan bans its use in the manufacture of cosmetics and cleaning products, the total ban is scheduled for July. This law follows on from others approved in the United States, Canada and Ireland, as well as measures by multinational cosmetic companies to stop the use of these products.
The supermarket eliminates plastic packaging.
In January, the UK supermarket network Iceland made headlines when it announced plans to phase out the use of plastic packaging in all of its private label products. The company has launched the five-year plan which introduces paper and cellulose packaging, as well as paper bags, which can be recycled in the stores themselves. The company has already banned plastic straws and will introduce new eco-friendly packaging in the coming months. Other companies such as Tesco and Aldi UK have announced similar plans, in response to growing consumer demands for greater environmental responsibility.
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