of The many plastic waste and micro-plastics could result in the world’s oceans to an ecological disaster. Researchers predict that by 2050, more plastic parts are going to swim as fish in the sea if nothing changes.
According to first States to respond and to tell the plastic the fight. The EU Commission, for example, think about a plastic tax and a ban of drinking straws. In Switzerland there has been for some time in grocery stores, almost no Free-Raschel bags and more. In Geneva, the retail trade is prohibited in the future completely, plastic bags for free. This is the cantonal Parliament decided on Friday evening.
glue on each product
Meanwhile, more and more fruits are in the shops but and vegetables with country of origin or quality labels directly by means of a plasticized adhesives characterized. And the like, for example, in the case of Apples and oranges on each individual product.
“nonsense,” says SVP of the Council of States Werner Hösli (57), and demanded by means of a push by the Federal Council to answer, whether this practice may be restricted or prohibited. “In times, in which we discuss plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, such a glue is more than questionable,” the Glarus. Also because of such a plastic would glue land, often together with the peel in the compost and, ultimately, in the soil.
Bio must be clear
Next week, characterized the Council of States dealt with the procedural request. The Federal Council currently sees no need for action. Organic products must be clearly drawn, the interior Department Alain Berset (SP). “The attachment of adhesives on individual fruits in the open sale, ensures a unique identification for the purposes of the Bio-regulation and is, at least compared to a full packing of the products more environmental friendly,” is the answer to the procedural request.
On the thousands of plastic adhesives, in which only the variety or the country of origin is noted, the Federal administration. The Trouble Höslis: “This is a very flimsy justification,” he says. But also in the case of organic products, he had no understanding. “Organic” could easily be written on the shelf, he finds.
“We must now continue to build pressure and try to raise the awareness of the wholesale trade accordingly,” says Hösli. Otherwise, he will try to obtain, at best, with other Initiatives, a ban.