The European Commission approved the ban of a number of disposable plastic products. In particular, the ban will concern disposable utensils, cutlery, straw straws for beverages, cotton buds and plastic balloon fasteners. The use of disposable plastic bags and packages offered by supermarkets is also planned to be severely curtailed.
EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans noted the importance of the problem of plastic debris. Thus, plastic products account for more than 80% of debris in the world's oceans. According to Timmermans, the Europeans "must jointly solve this problem."
According to the European Commission, the proposed measures will have a positive impact on the state of the environment. In particular, it is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by 3.4 million tons. In addition, the proposals will avoid environmental damage, the volume of which up to 2030 could amount to 22 billion euros.