European Union decided to ban plastic consumer items including plates, cutlery and straws as of 2021 to help clean up oceans.
The prohibition on single-use plastics approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, also applies to beverage cups, food containers and cotton bud sticks. EU governments have signaled support for the ban, making their final approval due April 15 a formality.
With plastics accounting for about 80 percent of marine litter, the EU rushed through deliberations on the planned restrictions in less than a year.
The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, proposed the curbs in May 2018 and representatives of EU governments and the 751-seat Parliament reached a negotiated deal in December.