Few Countries Across the World Abandoned Single-Use Plastics

Different countries across the world have forbidden the use of plastic in order to protect the environment. Due to plastic waste such as water bottles, straws, and plastic bags, there is more than 40 percent of pollution across the world. As per the latest reports, about 8 million tons of plastic trash is being dumped into the ocean annually.

As a result, this trash is showing an immense impact on marine life. There are few countries all over the world that have outlawed the single use of plastics. Check the major steps that these countries have taken in order to eradicate the usage of plastic. Have a glimpse!

New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand officially announced a prohibition on single-use plastic bags in the month of August last year. The vendors who sell lightweight plastic bags have levied a penalty of about 10000 NZ dollars.


Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada officially announced that the Government will take essential steps in order to diminish the usage of plastic. As per the latest announcement made on 10th June 2019, the plastic items like bags, straws and water bottles will be outlawed by 2021.

Antigua and Barbuda

This island nation has forbidden the usage of single-use plastic bags in the year 2016. The major goal of this country is to eliminate polystyrene products in the future.

United States

In the United States, states such as Hawaii, New York, and California have forbidden single-use plastic bags. Recently, New York prevented the usage of plastic bags. For those who use it will charge a five percent fee per single-use paper bags.

South Korea

The Ministry of Environment in South Korea outlawed plastic bags usage in the fundamental supermarkets in the year 2018. Those who break the rule must pay $2700 towards it.

Other countries that have prevented the usage of plastic items include Bangladesh, Rwanda, Morocco, Zimbabwe, France, Kenya, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. We hope India will soon join this list so as to protect the environment.

by Mamatha Reddy | Wed, Jun 19 - 08:25 AM

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