European officials agree on ban of some plastics

World News

December 19, 2018 - 10:17 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Plastic knives just won’t cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way.

The 28-nation bloc moved closer today to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament said they’re following recommendations by its executive branch designed to reduce marine pollution.

Environmental campaigners have been calling for curbs on throwaway plastic that’s accumulating in the oceans. Scientific studies have found minuscule particles known as microplastics are being consumed by animals throughout the food chain, though the impact on human health is unclear.

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