Already, legislation is starting to have a direct impact, with South Australia banning select single-use plastic items from March of this year and Queensland committing to similar bans from September 20213.
Around the world, locations are looking to move on plastic-related legislation. In China, while an initial hold was put on incoming plastic bans due to COVID-19, bans on straws, plates and cutlery will roll out across 20214.
Canada, too, has made commitments to phase out plastic bags, straws, stirrers, six-pack rings, cutlery and food ware made from hard to recycle plastics over the next year5.
And the World Economic Forum suggests that more than 170 nations have pledged to significantly reduce the use of plastics before 20306.