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Hainan will completely ban disposable non-degradable plastic products by the end of next year

Food safety is closely related to the health of each of us, the increase of farmers' income, and social stability. With the improvement of laws and regulations, the behavior of producing and selling substandard food will be more and more severely hit, and food consumption will be more assured.

The food industry involves a long upstream and downstream industrial chain. While paying attention to food safety, food companies should also pay attention to the development of related industries. Packaging is very important to the development of the food industry, but some packaging materials are not environmentally friendly products and will harm the ecological environment. For example, disposable non-degradable plastics widely used in the food industry will undermine ecological safety.

In order to protect the ecological environment, Hainan plans to completely ban the production, sale and use of non-degradable plastic products such as disposable non-degradable plastic bags and plastic tableware before the end of 2020.

At present, the amount of disposable non-degradable plastic products in the food industry is large. These plastic products include food plastic bags, plastic tableware, food packaging boxes, food packaging films, plastic cups, trays, and beverage straws. At the end of 2020, Hainan will completely ban disposable non-degradable plastic products. This ban on plastics may be promoted in other provinces and cities in a few years. If this is the case, after the total ban on disposable non-degradable plastic products, in the field of food packaging, National food companies, including Hainan, should plan early on what kind of plastic substitutes they will use. New alternatives to plastic packaging require not only environmental protection, suitable for high-quality food production, but also easy use, reasonable cost, and a wide range of sources.

Recently, the state issued the "National Ecological Civilization Pilot Zone (Hainan) Implementation Plan." Promoting the formation of a green production and lifestyle is the key task of the plan. One of the detailed rules is to formulate and implement the&"Plastic Restriction Order GG". By the end of 2020, the production, sale and use of disposable non-degradable plastics will be completely banned in Hainanwei. Bags, plastic tableware, etc. Promote the use of express green packaging products, and basically achieve full coverage of green packaging applications for express delivery services in the same city in the province in 2020. Promote the extended producer responsibility system and explore the use of a deposit system to recycle standard disposable plastic packaging, lead-acid batteries, lithium batteries, pesticide packaging, etc. throughout the island.

Disposable non-degradable plastic products have many hazards to humans and natural ecology: 1. Such products are not easy to not degrade within 200 years. After entering the soil, they will hinder crops from absorbing nutrients and water, resulting in reduced crop yields. 2. Disposable plastic products are buried in the soil, which will affect the sustainable use of land. 3. Disposable plastic products are not easy to decompose, which will cause environmental pollution. 4. If disposable plastic products are burned as garbage, toxic gases will be generated, which will pollute the environment and endanger human health. 5. After some plastic products are eaten by animals, they will become fine substances. People who eat this kind of animal will also eat plastic ingredients at the same time. 6. Harmful components in plastic products discarded in the wild will gradually penetrate into water bodies, enter the human body through drinking water, and slowly endanger human health.

Therefore, for the sake of environmental safety and the health of us and future generations, the use of disposable plastic products should be strictly controlled and prohibited when appropriate.

Not only in Hainan, but globally, calls for the ban on disposable non-degradable plastic products have also emerged one after another, and some countries and regions have issued bans.

In order to reduce the pollution of plastic waste to the ocean, starting from July 1, 2018, Seattle, USA has banned food suppliers from using disposable plastic straws and tableware. Violators will be punished. Local restaurants have begun to provide paper straws, and Seattle-based Starbucks and the leading American burger chain McDonald’s have begun to provide plant-based compostable straws.

On December 20, 2018, the City Council of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil received a new proposal to prohibit all restaurants, bars, snack bars, beach hut restaurants and mobile food stalls from using disposable plastic cups. Restaurants and other places need to choose biodegradable water cups (such as paper cups) or non-disposable water cups to replace the use of disposable plastic cups. Previously, Rio was the first city in Brazil to ban disposable plastic straws.

On March 28, 2019, the European Parliament passed a bill stipulating that from 2021, EU countries will be completely prohibited from using disposable plastic products such as drinking straws, tableware and cotton swabs to prevent plastic products from polluting the ocean.

On May 9, 2019, the Mexico City Congress, the capital of Mexico, decided to ban the use and distribution of plastic products such as disposable plastic bags, straws and tableware starting next year. At the same time, Mexico City will also support plastic products companies to switch to biodegradable products.

The earth is the mother of mankind. It is the responsibility of every food practitioner to care for the earth and nature! While using less and gradually abandoning non-environmentally friendly disposable plastic products, food companies cannot relax their control on food safety and quality. The quality of food safety cannot be reduced due to changes in packaging materials. It is important to know that food safety is always the lifeline of food companies and the cornerstone of human health, and it must be carefully taken care of!

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