50 nations take action against plastic pollution

In its biggest report yet, United Nations reveals that more than 50 nations are curbing plastic pollution.

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During the World Environment Day Summit on June 5th, Indian Prime Minister made the ambitious pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country of 1.3 billion people by 2022.

A UN report also reveals that Sri Lanka is planning on banning styrofoam, China is emphasising the use of biodegradable bags, and Eritrea has banned plastic bags already.

“The assessment shows that action can be painless and profitable – with huge gains for people and the planet that help avert the costly downstream costs of pollution. Plastic isn’t the problem. It’s what we do with it,” Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment said.

However, the authors of the report emphasised the pressing need to do far more to reduce the increasing flow of plastic into rivers and oceans.

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