The Straw Conspiracy

The Straw Conspiracy

Barcelona:

1.7 million inhabitants.

13 million tourists visiting per year.

La Boqueria Market used to be one of the centric food markets the Barcelona neighbors would go to in order to purchase family weekly food and fresh products supply.

Today, it’s mostly turned into an attraction for the hoards of tourists. Take away stalls almost outnumber the regular fruits and veg’, meat, fish shops.

Come and visit!  Have a take away diced fruits’ plastic bowl, a freshly squeezed fruit juice in a plastic cup,  a sample of local cured meat or cheese in plastic, plastic, plastic…

On 24 October 2018, Members of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of a comprehensive set of measures, in the form of the Single Use Plastics Directive, to help tackle plastics waste. targeting in particular single-use plastic litter polluting Europe’s beaches and seas.

The proposal focuses on the 10 single-use plastic items most commonly found on European beaches. These represent 86 % of all single-use plastic items on beaches, and about half of all plastic marine litter. The Directive includes a ban on plastic items such as straws, plastic plates and cutlery, plastic coffee stirrers…

The world produces approximately 300 million tons of plastic waste each year and currently only 14% is collected for recycling, according to UNEP (UN Environment Program). Moreover, of all the plastic waste that has been produced in our history, only 9% has been recycled.