Thursday, 12 May 2016


7 Consumer Items Being Banned Around the World to Save the Planet
By Barbara Davidson,
Quid Corner, 28 April 2016.

Modern life can be chaotic, so it’s no wonder that science and commerce have teamed up to provide us with no-fuss products to help the day pass smoothly. Unfortunately, the environmental toll of some of these innovations can be enormous. It’s no wonder that eco-conscious governments and municipalities are using legislation to temper the damage we’re inflicting on our planet.

In Europe, banned items range from the mundane to the ridiculous: guidelines set by the EU have made high-powered (and underperforming) vacuum cleaners a thing of the past, while the French have outlawed the farming of domestic frog legs. Bangladesh was the first nation to ban plastic shopping bags, way back in 2002.

Americans are waking up to the damage and beginning to legislate against it. President Obama recently signed a ban on microbeads (the tiny plastic pellets used in many exfoliators and toothpastes) to prevent them getting washed away into rivers and lakes, where they can poison marine life. Areas such as Concord, Massachusetts and New York City have led the way in reducing other wastage, banning plastic water bottles and Styrofoam respectively.

Such legislation can also help to raise awareness of these issues. Check out our informative infographic below, which outlines seven such bans from around the world, detailing the damage they are preventing - and products we can use in place of those that are destroying the Earth.


Infographic Sources:
Green tech: The most eco-friendly cities in the world
2. Plastics in Cosmetics
3. What You Need To Know About Microbeads, The Banned Bath Product Ingredients
4. Hamburg Is the First City to Ban Single-Use Coffee Pods
5. The Crisis of American Consumerism
6. Plastic Water Bottles Causing Flood of Harm to Our Environment
7. Plastic Bag Pollution
8. Altered Oceans Part Four: Plague of Plastic Chokes the Seas
9. Why New York banned polystyrene foam
10. Vacuum cleaners sucking up more electricity
11. Energy efficient products
12. Why we shouldn't eat frogs' legs
13. French Chefs Worry About Losing Farm Famous for Its Tasty Frog Legs
14. San Francisco bans sale of plastic water bottles on city property
15. Concord, Massachusetts bans sale of small water bottles
16. The 5p plastic bag charge: All you need to know
17. EU rules against powerful vacuum cleaners ban ‘best’ models, Which? warns

[Post Source: Quid Corner.]

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