More Es­tab­lish­ments Join­ing the Move­ment to Ban Sin­gle-Use Plas­tics

Asian Diver (English) - - What Bubbled -

In re­cent months, an in­creas­ing num­ber of well-known es­tab­lish­ments are jump­ing on the band­wagon to ban sin­gle-use plas­tics from their premises. Such in­sti­tu­tions in­clude Seaworld En­ter­tain­ment, Inc, which re­moved plas­tic straws and shop­ping bags from all 12 of its theme parks.

Ikea, a Swedish fur­ni­ture chain with 363 branches world­wide, an­nounced that it plans to phase out all sin­gle-use prod­ucts from its stores and restau­rants by 2020. The com­pany has in­vested in a plas­tics re­cy­cling plant to reach its aim of us­ing only re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als for its plas­tic prod­ucts.

In Sin­ga­pore, KFC also de­clared that it will no longer pro­vide plas­tic caps and straws at its 84 out­lets. Though it will con­tinue to pro­vide plas­tic caps for take­away drinks, this ini­tia­tive is the first among fast-food chains in Sin­ga­pore.

On a wider scale, the Euro­pean Union re­cently re­vised its rules and reg­u­la­tions on sin­gle-use plas­tic to re­duce marine lit­ter. These new rules in­clude bans on cer­tain plas­tic prod­ucts, con­sump­tion re­duc­tion tar­gets and la­belling re­quire­ments.

While these bold move­ments are heart­en­ing and en­cour­ag­ing, more big es­tab­lish­ments need to pitch in and pro­pose rad­i­cal plans in or­der for us to dras­ti­cally cut our plas­tic waste.


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