EU bans plastics by 2021. Here's everything you need to know

Some incredible news for our oceans today. The European parliament has banned single use plastics in an attempt to curb the endless stream of plastic entering our oceans. The ban was proposed in May and the vote was held this week with 571 yays to 53 nays.

The list of banned items were chosen because there are already readily available alternatives. Plastics where no alternatives were available will be reduced by at least 25% by 2025. Here’s all the items that been banned and when:

  • Single-use cutlery, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks are to be banned from 2021

  • Beverage bottles will be required to be collected and recycled at a rate of 90 percent by 2025

  • Cigarette butts will be reduced by 50 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2030.

  • The proposal calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food and drink containers like plastic cups

  • Food packaging will be cut down by 25 percent by 2025

  • 50% of lost or abandoned fishing gear containing plastic is proposed to be collected per year, with a recycling target of at least 15% by 2025