In a landslide majority this October, the European parliament has voted to ban all single use plastics starting in 2021.
This ban would affect single use plastic items that have a valid alternative, which will include things from plastic straws to fishing nets. The staggering 571-53 majority vote shows how seriously this issue is being taken internationally, an attitude that the BEC team seeks to reflect in our own efforts both in and out of the office.
Plastic straws are among the worst of plastic pollutants, and the BEC team are stepping up to make a difference in our neighbourhood. After making our own pledge to make our office plastic-straw free, we are encouraging our local restaurants and shops to make the pledge too, gifting them starter bundles of recyclable (and trendy) paper straws and pledge posters so they can advertise their change.