Japan recently enacted a law to reduce the amount of microplastics dumped into the ocean but the law did not include sanctions for failing to comply with the law. The law seeks to encourage businesses to reduce their use of microplastics, including microbeads (those tiny plastic particles used in cosmetic products). Microbeads and chipped plastic waste from grocery bags and cups end up in the ocean, causing a build up that is harming the environment and choking marine life. Last year, researchers found that 40 percent of fish caught around Japan had microplastics in their digestive systems. I hate to think of the plastics inside of humans. The new law also encourages local governments to educate residents about recycling and reduction of plastic use.
This is a huge problem world-wide. I read about many companies that are discontinuing plastic straws and other one use plastic items. Is this too little too late? Will the new law cause any changes when there is not punishment fo rthose who do not comply? What is being done in your country about this problem?