A new law in the Balearics aims to reduce plastic pollution from tourism and hospitality in the region.
Tourism is the main source of waste on the archipelago, which is located off the eastern coast of Spain. It is one of the biggest sources of plastic pollution overall in the Mediterranean.
The Mediterranean is considered the world’s most polluted sea. It is almost entirely surrounded by 23 countries with their rivers and streams eventually draining into its waters. This makes the Mediterranean particularly vulnerable to plastic pollution and it currently holds between 5 and 10 per cent of global plastic mass.
To tackle this waste problem, a new ‘Plastic Free Balearics’ initiative aimed at the tourism sector has been developed by IbizaPreservation and Save the Med. The programme helps tourism establishments to find alternatives to single-use plastics and will be in place from March.
This project, co-financed by the Beyond Plastic Med (BeMed) association, coincides with the new Balearic Waste Law which came into force on 1 January.
The law will push companies in the Balearics to change and modify after the following single-use plastics were banned: lightweight plastic bags, plastic dishes (coated disposable trays, plates, cutlery, drinking cups), drinking straws, disposable razors, disposable lighters, cotton swabs, lollipop sticks, disposable wipes, single-use capsules for coffee, disposable toners and cartridges.
In addition, hotels and restaurants won’t be allowed to serve pre-portioned packs such as ketchup sachets and even shampoos and conditioners. Initiatives to reduce food waste are also being developed under