Legislation aimed at reducing the impacts caused by plastic in the oceans should come into force in 2021

Yesterday, March 27, the European Parliament approved a law that prohibits the marketing of plastic products in all countries of the European Union. Items such as cotton swabs, straws, cups, plates and cutlery will be banned from 2021 in European countries.

The vote was approved by the vast majority of MEPs, with 560 votes in favour, 35 against and 28 abstentions. The aim of the new legislation is to reduce the huge amounts of plastic that harm the environment and the ocean.

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The new measure aims to contain the use of products made with plastic that have more sustainable alternatives. As for products that do not have other possibilities, the law aims to reduce their consumption at the national level, in addition to creating new rules and requirements for producers.

In addition, the law also requires countries in the European Union ensure the recycling of 90% of plastic bottles by 2029. The new measure also requires that the composition of bottles contain 25% of recycled material by 2015 and 30% by 2030.

According to European Commission, the products prohibited under the new law represent more than 70% of marine litter that harm the lives of animals such as turtles, whales, birds, among other environmental impacts.

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