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Bye Bye Plastic Not So Fantastic // EU Bans Throwaway Plastic by 2021

It finally happened! On Wednesday March 24th, the European Parliament approved a new law that officially bans single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, cotton buds sticks, etc. Our team at IVA is thrilled to see the EU taking active steps and measurements against the use of plastic to ensure a more sustainable future for everyone!

The following products will be banned in the EU by 2021:

  • Single-use plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks)

  • Single-use plastic plates

  • Plastic straws

  • Cotton bud sticks made of plastic

  • Plastic balloon sticks

  • Oxo-degradable plastics and food containers and expanded polystyrene cups

More about the bill can be read here. Meanwhile, we wish to take the opportunity to offer some quick and simple tips on how YOU can replace the items listed above with some more environmentally friendly alternatives in your everyday life.

Online, or in your local eco-friendly/zero waste shop, you can find tons of different reusable cutlery sets for a low price. They are easy to use, super light to carry with you, and come as cheap as $10 - Amazon or Wish both carry them. Typically these sets will include a spoon and fork, or a spork combo, a knife and a pair of chopsticks. Whichever combo you prefer, rest assured you can find it. We particularly love the sets that also include a reusable straw and pipe-cleaner.

Lucky for us, plastic plates also have an easy way to be replaced! Compostable plates and bowls, made by materials such as sugarcane, palm leaves and bamboo, can be purchased in supermarkets or easily ordered online! To be honest, don’t they look better then normal plastic plates anyway?

Even personal hygienic products such as toothbrushes and cotton swabs have biodegradable and eco friendly alternatives. Here are some more easy swaps that you can make to live more eco friendly and help ensure that less waste ends up in landfills. The amazing Laura Singer, aka Trashisfortossers, has been a pioneer when it comes to living zero-waste, and explains everything in a clear and understandable way on her blog Let's all make the world a better place by using less plastic folks!

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