There’s never been a better time to be part of the #zerowaste movement: between supermarkets introducing plastic-free aisles and your favorite fashion and beauty brands getting into the sustainable business game. In another win for earth advocates, Vancouver has introduced a kind of plastic ban, outlawing the distribution of plastic straws, polystyrene foam cups, and take-out containers.
Global Citizen reports that the Vancouver City Council voted on Wednesday on the ban, which will kick off June 1, 2019, as part of its Zero Waste 2040 strategy. “Cities around the world recognize the detrimental impacts of plastic waste on our environment and are taking bold steps to cut down or eliminate waste through bans and innovative reusable programs,” the cities mayor, Gregor Robertson, said in a statement. “In Vancouver, we’re hearing strong support from local businesses, environmental groups, and the general public, and I’m confident that this comprehensive strategy will help us become a clean, zero-waste city.”
The same plastic ban changes will also help reduce the amount of plastic and paper bags and disposable cups that are used in the city. Businesses will be able to choose either to ditch disposable cups or plastic and paper bags, give them to customers with an extra charge, or can create their own solutions, like incentive plans to reduce the use, Daily Hive reports.
It’s a pretty big win for activists and, although plastic-free cities aren’t exactly the norm across the world, many global leaders seem to be considering a similar ban. Last month, for example, Theresa May announced that her government is thinking about a plan to ban straws and other single-use plastics (think: drink stirrers and cotton swabs) to protect our oceans. The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister said plastic is “one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world.”
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