Plastic pollution is a global problem for the environment and various approaches have been used to reduce and control the release of plastic waste, particularly into the marine environment.
Recently, the disclosure of data on the appearance of single-use plastic straws among rubbish collected from beach clean-up campaigns sparked a worldwide movement that resulted in the banning of these items in several countries.
Then the market quickly started offering sustainable solutions like the famous eco friendly straws. Now more and more people are switching to environment friendly and biodegradable straws.
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However, the case of ecological leaching, which adds to the current restrictions related to technical standards for biodegradability certification of commercial plastic products, can render this measure largely ineffective.
Therefore, while several local regulations have banned single-use plastic products, further action should be taken at the regional and global levels, particularly with regard to the proper labeling of products suspected of being biodegradable.
Therefore, from a multi-dimensional perspective and taking into account the resilience of the high-performance plastics industry, multiple management strategies aimed at educating the public – making purchasing decisions based on proper labeling and proper waste disposal may be our best opportunity.
Encourage positive global change in the environment by taking small initiatives to resort to biodegradable straws .