Single-use plastic banned in the EU by 2021

Plastics make up 80-85 % of marine litter, which is considered a major threat to marine and coastal biodiversity. 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 also costs the European Union economy an estimated €259 million to €695 million per year.

The European Commission carried out a public consultation between December 2017 and February 2018, which received over 1.800 contributions. An overwhelming majority of respondents considered that action to tackle marine litter from single-use plastics was ‘necessary and urgent’. In March 2019, European Parliament approved a new law introducing a series of measures regarding the top 10 single-use plastics. These series of measures include:  market restriction, consumption reduction, separate collection, product design, producer responsibility, awareness raising and product ban. 

Top 10 single-use plastic

Single-use plastics products banned by 2021

1. Drinks bottles, caps and lids

2. Cigarette butts

3. Cotton buds sticks

4. Crisp packets / sweet wrappers

5. Sanitary applications

6. Plastic bags

7. Cutlery, straws and stirrers

8. Drinks cups and cup lids

9. Balloons and balloon sticks

10. Food containers including fast food packaging

1. Single-use plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks)

2. Single-use plastic plates

3.Plastic straws

4. Cotton bud sticks made of plastic

5. Plastic balloon sticks

6. Oxo-degradable plastics and food containers and expanded polystyrene cups

Our essential goal is to offer a viable alternative to plastic cling film and food containers. In addition to that, we work on raising awareness about the impact it has on our seas and environment as a whole. 

Beeswax Frank Wrap helps you to reduce plastic waste. Our wraps are reusable up to a year, with proper care, so using Frank Wrap is a confident step towards a more sustainable way of living. Frank Wrap is washable and reusable. It is made of 100% natural ingredients: certified OEKO TEX cotton fabric, beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil. It is durable, easy to use and eco-friendly. 

Besides the point it will soon be required by law, moving away from single-use plastic is a conscious decision to help the planet we all depend on. Simply put, as we receive, we also must give back to nature.

Frank Talk by Adriana Frank