Unfortunately our world is suffering from plastic pollution and what makes it even more tricky and sad is that single use plastic comes in handy when it comes to keeping your fruits and vegetables clean and fresh.
The aisles of supermarkets still overflows with packaging which are not recyclable such as single use plastics on meat, fruit, veg etc. As we all know the tragic cycle of plastic waste generated by food consumption lead to overflow in pollution on land and in our ocean. But recently countries have started to take measures into their own hands to combat this harmful accumulation.
One of that countries is Spain who has recently announced that it is formulating a ban on plastic wrap for produce in an effort to reduce waste. Spain's Ministry for Ecological Transition is currently busy to draft a decree which will ban plastic wrap for produce sold in stores weighing under 1.5 kilograms. For Spain, the need for regulation became clear after a recent study was released in the Marine Pollution Bulletin which found that microplastics are a pressing problem along Spain's expansive and beautiful coasts. According to researchers, “Drastically reducing their [single use plastic] production globally” is the only way to go.
The country’s goal is that the ban will be placed into effect by the year 2023. This is also a measure to encourage people to rather buy in bulk or make use of reusable packaging. But it doesn’t stop in the food markets, as the new decree is also considering ways to make drinking water readily accessible and decrease the use of plastic water bottles.