Mexico City's Ban on Plastic Bags Officially Takes Effect

Mexico City has joined a growing number of cities in banning single-use plastic bags. Mexico City has had problems with excessive amounts of trash for years now. Plastic only recently became recyclable in the city.

Honolulu cracks down on single-use plastics

Hawaii's most populated island is implementing tough new rules for packaging. Honolulu City will ban food and beverages from being served in polystyrene containers and with disposable utensils or plastic straws from 2021.

Vancouver says no more foam food containers

The foam ban will take effect on January 1, 2020 and is just one of the actions the city of Vancouver, Canada is taking to reduce single-use item waste in support of its zero-waste goal for 2040. 

Scotland Bans Plastic Cotton Swabs

Scotland has banned plastic-stemmed cotton swabs, in a move to help reduce plastic pollution in the country. Bits of plastic Q-tips get washed up onto beaches and are harmful to marine life and local animals.

EU Parliament backs ban on single-use plastic products

The ban would be implemented from 2021 and would affect a range of plastic products that have reasonable alternatives, such as plastic cutlery, foam takeout food containers, straws and drink stirrers.

Taiwan Plans on Banning all Wasteful Disposables by 2030

Taiwan aims to be completely free of plastic bags and all single-use plastic items, such as utensils and beverage cups, by 2030. Starting this year, chain restaurants will be restricted from giving straws to customers for in-store use.

World's first plastic-free flight took off this week

The world's first plastic-free flight took off from Portugal and flew to Brazil on December 26th. The plane carries no single-use plastics – but aren't we ignoring a much bigger environmental issue?

European Parliament votes to ban single-use plastics

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly for an European Union-wide ban on single-use plastics, such as straws, plastic cutlery and cotton buds. The ban would come into effect from 2021.

Jamaica to ban plastic bags, straws and foam containers too

The island nation is the latest in a long line of places making a move against single-use plastic.

New Zealand Just Announced an Ambitious Ban on Plastic Bags

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the ban will go into effect in six months, and retailers found in violation of it will be fined up to $65,000.

Dominica to Implement The World's Most Comprehensive Plastic Bans

By January 2019, Dominica, home to 70,000 people, plans to fully ban all common plastic and styrofoam single-use food containers.

The largest hotel chain is removing plastic straws from its hotels

Marriott Hotels will be eliminating plastic straws from its 6,500 hotels within the next year.

Largest Retailer to Phase-Out of Single-Use Plastic Straws

Starbucks gives away over 1 billion straws with their iced drinks every year – but not anymore, thanks to their latest environmental initiative.

Australian Supermarket Giants Join the War on Plastic Pollution

By the end of June, Woolworths and Coles will have entirely phased out the existence of single-use plastic bags from their stores, a move that is anticipated to deter billions of bags from ending up in seas and landfills.

Ikea to ban single-use plastic, go 'climate positive' by 2030

Ikea just announced a bold update to its sustainability initiatives in an effort to become "people and planet positive" by 2030.