In which countries was Wikipedia banned?

Countries with plastic bans

The EU has decided to declare war on plastic waste. In some countries - especially outside the EU - this struggle has been waged for a long time. Thin plastic bags, which are given out free of charge in the fruit and vegetable department, for example, are on the enemy list. But even single-use cutlery, straws and plastic bottles hit the collar.

Measures against excessive plastic consumption have already been taken in these countries:


In Kenya, plastic bags were banned in 2017 due to serious pollution. The garbage clogged sewer systems and endangered drinking water, which is why the Kenyan government has passed the toughest law to date against plastic bags. Violation not only threatens fines, but up to four years jail.


In Rwanda, too, plastic sinners face jail sentences. As in Kenya, the law introduced in 2008 relates to the sale and use of plastic bags. But Rwanda's government is not only relying on a ban, it is also specifically promoting it Education about plastic. Schoolchildren learn at an early age how long it takes for a plastic bag to decompose.

Costa Rica:

Costa Rica has set itself an ambitious goal: it wants to dispense with all single-use plastic items by 2021. So not just plastic bags, but also disposable bottles and plastic dishes. Here, too, the main impetus was the devastating environmental pollution, as around 20% of the waste produced ended up in nature. Biodegradable materials should help to achieve the goal.


The French should do without disposable cutlery and plastic dishes from 2020 after plastic bags disappeared from everyday life in 2017.


The heavily populated China had to struggle with more and more plastic waste. Therefore, in 2008 the government decided Free plastic bags and to ban the production of very thin plastic bags. Plastic bags less than 0.025 millimeters thick have an extremely short lifespan and were often carelessly thrown away after use.

New Zealand:

In the natural paradise of New Zealand since 2018 no cosmetic products with microplastics sold. Various products are affected, from shower gel to toothpaste. In order to be able to protect the environment even better, New Zealand also wants to ban plastic bags in 2019.

The aim of the EU to gradually ban single-use plastic products is by no means utopian. The routine with which more and more people take their jute bags with them when they go shopping shows that many products can easily be replaced by reusable alternatives. And if there is no other way, there are now some disposable alternatives to plastic - for example made from bagasse.