Vanuatu Soon to Outlaw Plastic Bags, Drinking Straws, Foam Containers
In less than two months, one of the toughest bans on single-use plastics in the Pacific will take effect.
Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai announced the initiative last year to ban plastic bags, drinking straws and polystyrene foam containers in order to protect the environment and oceans and to keep the country "clean and safe."
Starting this July 1, it would be an offense to manufacture, sell or give away such items on the nation, which consists of roughly 80 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean.
The only exception is for plastics that are used to contain, wrap or carry meat or fish.
In January, companies and retailers were given six months to adjust to the new rule and to use up their existing supplies.