“According to the European Commission, more than 80% of marine litter is plastics. Together they constitute 70% of all marine litter items. Due to its slow decomposition, plastic accumulates in seas, oceans and on beaches in the EU and worldwide. Plastic residue is found in marine species – such as sea turtles, seals, whales and birds, but also in fish and shellfish, and therefore in the human food chain”.
Marine litter, especially plastic waste pollutes our oceans and the new EU rules, adopted by Parliament’s environment committee on 10 October, tackle the 10 single-use plastic products most widely found on European shores. The use of single-use plastic items will be forbidden. This plastic pollution affects the food chain, and more seriously human beings’ health. It also implies an economic waste for the sectors that depend on the sea. As a consequence, there is an urgent need of recycling this plastic waste.
Let’s become more aware about plastic consumption.
European Parliament. Press Release Database. “Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on polluting throwaway plastics by 2021”: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20181009IPR15501/plastic-oceans-meps-back-eu-ban-on-polluting-throwaway-plastics-by-2021
European parliament, Press Release Database. “Plastic in the ocean: the facts, effects and new EU rules”: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/society/20181005STO15110/plastic-in-the-ocean-the-facts-effects-and-new-eu-rules
European Parliament. Press Release Database. “EU strategy to cut plastic waste: more recycling, ban on micro-plastics”: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/society/20180830STO11347/eu-strategy-to-cut-plastic-waste-more-recycling-ban-on-micro-plastics
Written by Noelia Soledad Pavin – Former Terminology Trainee at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament (Luxembourg). She holds a Master Degree in Lexicology, Multilingual Terminology and Translation from the University Lumière Lyon II, France.