Thursday 24. October 2019

#5 Europe is legally conscious about the environment

The European Parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic items by 2021.

The ten plastic products most commonly found on European beaches will be banned – tiny
shampoo bottles from hotels might follow.

Single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers – and likely mini shampoo bottles in hotels – are the target of a sweeping law against plastic waste that defiles beaches and pollutes oceans. The vote by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) paves the way for a ban on single-use plastics in all EU member states. Every one of them will have to introduce measures to reduce the use of plastic food containers and plastic lids for hot drinks. By 2025, plastic bottles should be made of 25 percent recycled content; by 2029, this should be 90 percent.

On 24 October 2018, MEPs voted by 560 to 35 in favour of this proposal. According to Frédérique Ries, the MEP who drafted the report, the vote ‘paves the way to a forthcoming and ambitious directive. It is essential in order to protect the marine environment and reduce the costs of environmental damage attributed to plastic pollution in Europe, estimated at EUR 22 billion by 2030.’

The proposal focuses on the ten single-use plastic products most commonly found on European beaches, along with abandoned fishing gear. They constitute 70 per cent of all marine litter. As in California, single-use plastic toiletry bottles from hotels might be added to the list of items pretty soon.

The proposal positions the EU as the leader in the global fight against plastic pollution.
ADA Cosmetics International is contributing to this endeavour as much as possible: we have reduced the proportion of PVC bottles to 1.95 per cent since 2017; we produce series with 100 per cent recycled plastic; we offer dispenser systems that are 98 percent recyclable; and, thanks to these systems, we have already prevented the use of billions of tiny shampoo bottles in hotels.

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