“The European Commission has proposed a gradual phase-out of disposable plastic products, including plastic straws, cutlery, and cotton buds, across larger Europe. This new move is part of a global campaign to cut down on plastic waste that find their way to shores and bodies of water.
These new rules, when approved, could be fully in place by the year 2030.
The EU proposal, which was brought forth on Monday, May 28, is also focused on the ten plastic products that are among the most encountered in Europe’s beaches and surrounding waters.”
I am against big government in general as it usually causes more trouble than it solves, but I tend to agree with banning single-use plastic items such as water bottles, bags, straws, etc.
There are a lot of formerly beautiful beaches in the world with plastic junk all over them. You’ll see drifts of plastic bags in the water and plastic bottles and caps all over the shorelines. When a litterbug chucks paper and cardboard items onto the ground, they break down in the environment. When they throw glass bottles into the ocean, they are busted up and returned to sand by the action of the waves. The plastic is awful stuff, though. There are people in the world capable of restraining their trash and keeping roadsides clean and beaches nice – but much of the world seems unable to do so. Reusable items and items that break down make sense to me. I always cringe when I go shopping and see produce wrapped in layers of Styrofoam and plastic, then it’s bagged up in plastic bags, then we go home and throw all the plastic away in another plastic trash bag… I mean, geez. It’s just layers and layers of trash. I’d rather be able to compost paper bags or return bottles to a bottling plant or recycle aluminum. I just can’t find it in my free market capitalist heart to say “don’t ban plastic trash!”
I do think the market would fix the problem if enough people change their minds; however, with all the plastic trash swirling around the ocean and ended up in our food supply and trashing up our beaches, I’m leaning towards “enough is enough… take the trash away.”
What do you think? Am I missing something here?
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