Plastic bags in Germany are banned

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In Germany, cellophane bags for packaging purchases in supermarkets will be banned from 2022. This resolution was adopted by the Bundestag at the end of last week.

At the end of the transition period, which was extended from six to twelve months at the request of traders, the use of thin plastic bags will be banned. These are standard packages that the customer can usually purchase at the checkout. Further, strong reusable bags and thin plastic bags, which are usually found in the department of fruits and vegetables, will be allowed for use.

“The plastic bag is the epitome of a tremendous waste of resources,” said Federal Minister of the Environment Svenja Schulze, who initiated the ban on the sale of cellophane bags. “The alternatives are shopping baskets, cloth bags for fruits and vegetables, and reusable boxes or fresh, unpackaged food.”

However, environmental protection organization WWF says the ban on the sale of packages is purely symbolic. Plastic bags account for only one percent of Germany’s plastic consumption. Green Group environmental policy spokeswoman Bettina Hoffmann described the law as a drop in the ocean: “Unfortunately, this mini-law will not stop the trend towards disposable plastic packaging.”

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