Country Laws on Plastic Products

Bans and fees on single use plastics are an effective way to end plastic pollution of the top items found in beach & river cleanups.

  • Countries with nationwide plastic bag ban or pledged end date: 152

  • Countries with nationwide plastic straw ban or pledged end date: 48 (includes 27 EU countries)

  • Countries with nationwide plastic foam container ban or pledged end date: 55 (includes 27 EU countries)

Information sources: UN Environment Report (July 2018) and updated with news searches.

Catalytic Initiatives to Move from Awareness of Plastic Pollution to Widespread Action and Achievement