BANNED MICROBEADSThe Australian government endorsed a voluntary phase-out of microbeads in 2016. In the last few years, a spate of countries has proposed or implemented microbead bans, including the USA, France and New Zealand.
Wales and Canada joined the list and Ireland is expected to introduce a ban by the end of 2018. But the award has to go to the UK, for one of the toughest microbead bans in the world. READ MORE
END OF SINGLE-USEScotland banned single-use coffee cups in government buildings earlier this year and Wales may follow soon.
Many coffee outlets, including Starbucks, offer discounts to customers who bring their own reusable cups or tumblers.
The German city of Hamburg has banned the use of coffee pods in governmental buildings. READ MORE
KENYAN LAWSKenya has one of the harshest laws:
those who violate the ban face four years in prison or a fine up to $39,000. READ MORE
BANNED PLASTICMany major cities and states around the world have implemented plastic straw bans, including Taiwan, Seattle, and Vancouver. India is cracking down, with plastic bans that affect the sale of straws in at least 25 of 29 states.
The European Union also recently proposed a plastic ban, in which straws are among 10 targeted items that make up 70% of all litter in EU waters and beaches. READ MORE
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