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cotton swab
The EU plans to ban plastic cotton swabs. According to a recent statement by the European Commission, the product must be "made entirely from more environmentally friendly materials."

Disposable tableware
Disposable dishes made of plastic should also be banned. Plates, cutlery, straws and stirring sticks must be replaced by sustainable alternatives, the commission demands.

Balloon sticks and balloons
Also on the prohibited list: plastic balloon holding sticks. The packaging of balloons should be labeled with information about negative environmental impacts. The Commission also wants manufacturers to share the costs of environmental cleanups and awareness-raising campaigns.

Food packaging
Last but not least, the EU has its sights set on fast food packaging. They should be massively pushed back. Among other things, one wants to ask the producers to pay and oblige them to label their products precisely. The industry should receive incentives to develop less environmentally harmful products.

Beverage cups
The same applies to plastic beverage cups.

plastic bottle
For beverage bottles made of plastic, a collection rate of 90 percent should also be achieved by 2025 - for example through deposit systems.

Cigarette filters
They mainly consist of a cellulose-based synthetic fiber - and contribute significantly to the littering of the oceans. Here too, the EU wants manufacturers to share in the environmental costs.

plastic bags
There is already an EU directive against single-use plastic bags. They may no longer be spent free of charge. In the future, the industry should make a contribution to costs.

Foil packaging
Bags of chips and individually packaged sweets: Here, too, the EU wants to make manufacturers more financially responsible.

Hygiene products
This also applies to hygiene articles. In addition, the EU is planning stricter labeling regulations. For example, certain products must clearly state how they are to be disposed of in a standardized manner.