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Susan Misicka, Expertise: Alpine environment, biodiversity, climate, consumer affairs, portraits. Initials: sm

How much of a problem is single-use plastic?

On July 3 the European Union's ban on a range of everyday single-use plastics took effect. That means the 27 member states must keep these items off the EU market. The list includes cutlery, plates, straws and stirrers made of single-use plastic, as well as balloon sticks and cotton buds.

The law doesn't apply to Switzerland, which isn't a member of the EU. Should the Swiss adopt a similar ban? As a consumer how easy (or hard) is it for you to avoid single-use plastic products like cups or straws?

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