European Parliament just approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastics
In great news for our oceans, the European Parliament just passed a sweeping ban on twelve different forms of single-use plastics that are most commonly used like cotton swabs, plastic plates and cutlery, straws, drink stirrers etc.
The directive was passed by 571 votes to 53 and demands that 90% of plastic bottles will be collected for recycling by 2025 – a steep increase from its current rate of 20%.
Frédérique Ries, the MEP responsible for the legislation, called the ban’s approval “a victory for our oceans, for the environment and for future generations,” BBC reports.
Though the European member states still have to issue their formal backing of the ban, legislators are confident that it will continue to receive overwhelming support and move quickly through the voting process.