Sustainability starts in everyday life. More precisely: with single-use plastic. That is why the EU states are working to make renewable and reusable alternatives the norm in order to avoid new plastic. And this is urgently needed: already today we find plastic not only in the form of rubbish in the ocean and animal carcasses, but also as microplastics in our food chain. Following the EU-wide ban on single-use plastic for disposable tableware, which has already come into force, restaurateurs will be obliged to offer reusable alternatives from 2023. Find out here what exactly is on the EU plastic ban list and what alternatives hotels, caterers, restaurants, food retailers & co. can use to do without plastic products and make their contribution to more sustainability.
Tip: You can find even more information about sustainable plastic alternatives in our guide.
EU-wide plastic ban: Which products are affected?
Since 3 July 2021, manufacturers are no longer allowed to sell some disposable products made of plastic and expanded polystyrene (known by the trade name Styrofoam) in EU countries. This is to save plastic waste. However, there are suitable alternatives for the products concerned. Specifically affected by the ban are:
- Drinking straws made of plastic or bioplastics
- Plates and soup bowls made of plastic or bioplastics
- Cutlery and stirrers made of plastic or bioplastics
- Menu packaging, cups and plates made of expanded polystyrene
- Cotton buds and balloon sticks made of plastic or bioplastics1