Bridgetown. The Caribbean island of Barbados will ban single-use plastic products in the future. The law will take effect April 1, 2019, and will affect the island's imports and sales. The new law includes products such as disposable cutlery, straws and plastic bottles. Plastic bags, on the other hand, will not be banned until Jan. 1, 2020. Some exceptions, such as in medicine, will exist from the future plastic ban.
Nature conservation plays a major role for Barbados. This is because the country is a popular tourist destination. Every year, more than 600,000 tourists come to see the paradise island. Therefore, the protection and cleaning of the environment is of great importance from both an economic and environmental point of view.
"Barbados must be a country guided by values. We have great expectations of ourselves," said Kirk Humphrey, Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy. "We want to be a country that, when it speaks to the world, is seen as an environmentally friendly country with an environmentally conscious goal. Barbados, he said, not only wants to ban single-use plastic, but also to be free of fossil fuels in the future, for example.
Other countries such as Taiwan and Kenya have also already banned single-use plastic products.
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