di Carla Andrea Fundarotto
No more plastic plates, straws and cutlery by 2021 in Europe. In Italy, however, we take a step forward: goodbye also to glasses and balloons.
The amendment, approved by the Environment Committee and the European Affairs Committee in the Senate, was in fact included in the bill that will be passed to the Chambers for the vote. In the event of final approval, Italy will in effect be at the forefront of other European countries.
The Italian idea was born from a proposal by the Marevivo association, after the awareness campaign “Even disposable plastic is a virus that suffocates the planet Earth”, following which some parliamentarians have considered the possibility of extending the ban on the use of plastic also for glasses and balloons.
According to data collected by the Marevivo association, in Italy alone, between six and seven billion disposable plastic cups are consumed every year, on average about 20 million per day. These make up twenty percent of marine litter.