How Single-Use Plastic Bans Benefit Your Health

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Plastic waste doesn’t just affect the environment.
It also has an impact on your health.

One of the most recent developments in environmental trends is the banning of single-use plastics in many countries and cities. The City of Vancouver voted to eliminate single-use plastics in May 2018, and our neighbouring state of the south Washington has banned single-use plastic bags, giving businesses until 2020 to use up their stock. In addition, nation of Dominica in the Caribbean has announced a total ban on single-use plastics in order to protect the natural beauty of the tropical island.

Plastic bans worldwide

But it’s not just small islands holiday destinations that are taking note of the damage that plastics can do to the environment. Countries such as the UK, Australia, and New Zealand are gradually phasing out items such as plastic bags, and companies like Starbucks, Disney, and McDonald’s are listening to environmentally-conscious consumers by getting rid of plastic straws in their establishments. Given the harsh weather effects such as hurricanes that seem to affect small island nations such as Dominica on a regular basis, they are very aware of the effects on the environment that arise from consumption without responsibility.

How does plastic affect your health?

Plastic waste isn’t only an issue that concerns the environment; if you eat seafood, it concerns your own health. When plastic is dumped into the ocean, fish that end up on the dinner table gobble those plastic particles up.

Certain types of plastic still in use today such as those laced with BPA has been scientifically proven to increase cancer risk in men and women. Given the health and environmental impacts of single-use plastic, it’s no wonder that governments around the world are taking notice.

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