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Germany to ban plastic straws by July 2021

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 20, 2020
German lawmakers approved legislation banning disposable plastic products such as straws, cutlery and cotton buds that are polluting the world’s oceans.
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The new law passed by Germany’s lower house of parliament will halt the sale of certain single-use plastics by July 2021.

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The move brings Germany in line with its European commitments after the EU last year agreed to place tough new restrictions on certain plastic items.

The EU legislation bans around a dozen disposable plastic products for which environmentally friendly alternatives exist, including drink stirrers, chopsticks and plates.

According to the EU Commission, the products prohibited under the law represent 70% of the waste that pours into oceans, posing a threat to wildlife and fisheries.