In 2016, France became the first country to ban the sale of plastic disposable products that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material and in 2017, India passed a law banning all plastic disposable plastic products. In the U.S. the states of California, Connecticut, Colorado Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Vermont have banned disposable bags.
While a ban would be ineffective, it does have merit in preventing plastic products from being left in the environment on principal
I agree that preventing plastic waste is crucial. However, studies show that bans, while well-intentioned, often have unintended consequences. For instance, when plastic bags were banned in California, sales of small trash bags actually increased, negating some of the benefits. Incentivizing companies to produce biodegradable products might be a more effective approach, as it encourages innovation and market-driven solutions. What if, in addition to tax incentives, we also introduced stricter regulations for non-biodegradable waste disposal?
Non-recyclable disposable plastics are one of the very leading causes of pollution and it is killing ocean wildlife, ruining indigenous land, and all around is just based around a really lame and unethical industry. We can do better at making reusable and safer disposable products.
No, increase consumer incentives to recycle these products instead
No I think the companys making anything with less than 75% of biodegradable plastics should be in charge of cleaning the oceans and trash around their city
NO, organisms have been discovered/created that eat plastic. We should continue to use biodegradable products and hopefully one day technology will advance to where we don't use plastic for these things.
No but increase incentives to make recycling easier and more affordable and make recycled products a more viable, durable option while also encouraging consumers to use recycled or more readily biodegradable (paper) products. Semi-related, improve quality of non-disposable goods and encourage manufacturers to make the obsolescence of their products be less immediate.
Yes. This is just one step closer to helping gain a cleaner world. Anything that is less than %50 biodegradable should not be allowed. Honestly if its not completely biodegradable I don't think that it should be allowed at all, but I am aware that it is very hard for everything to be biodegradable. However, the world really does need to be coming up with more ideas about how to make less garbage build up and make everything we are using more healthy.
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