As reported by The Guardian, on Tuesday, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to abolish all single-use plastic by 2022. India chose to celebrate World Environment Day by “drastically stemming the flow of plastic from the 1.3 billion people living in the fastest growing economy in the world.”

Modi said, “The choices may not be easy. But through awareness, technology, and a genuine global partnership, I am sure we can make the right choices. Let us all join together to beat plastic pollution and make this planet a better place to live.”

Cows eating trash in Jaipur, India. Photo: Courtesy of Marcin Białek/Wikimedia Commons

And according to BBC, 50 other nations are “enforcing effective strategies to curb plastic waste.”

Here is a list of some countries that have also taken action:

– Botswana: Retailers charged but no enforcement and controls “failed.”
– Eritrea: Ban on plastic bags and dramatic decrease in drain blockage.
– Gambia: Ban on plastic bags, but “reappearance after political impasse.”
– Morocco: Bags banned; 421 tons of them seized in one year, and virtually replaced by fabric.
– Bangladesh: Ban on bags, but lack of enforcement.
– China: Was using three billion bags a year pre-2008. Now there is a ban on thin bags, use decreased 60-80 percent in supermarkets, but not in markets.
– Vietnam: Bags are taxed but still widely used. Government considering increasing tax five times.
– Ireland: Tax led to 90 percent fall in consumption.
– Kenya: Cows ingested an average of 2.5 bags in their lifetimes. Now there’s a total ban, and fines and a four-year jail term for making, importing or using them.

Although there is no news on U.S. participation, according to The Guardian, “the U.K. has slashed their use, and ministers have banned microbeads in personal hygiene products.”

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