Plastic bag taxes in Europe did make a difference

Apr 06, 2018, 8:11 AM EDT
(Source: Kate Ter Haar/flickr)
(Source: Kate Ter Haar/flickr)

The number of plastic bags scattered across the seabed in a European region plunged by 30 percent since 2003, a change scientists attribute to the introduction of plastic bag taxes imposed by nations like Ireland, Denmark, and others.

A study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, found that such levies are more effective in fighting single-use plastics than “heavy-handed regulations,” writes Tree Hugger.

The findings are a reminder that small changes on a large scale can yield positive results in a battle that otherwise appears to be heading towards a dystopian future, clogged with polluting plastics, reports One Green Planet.