Straw ban - an overview of the EU single-use plastic ban

Mehrweg Strohhalm plastikfrei alternativen EU gesetz 2021 einwegplastikverbot nachhaltig

In May 2018, the EU Commission passed a new measure to curb single-use plastic products. Since July 03, 2021 this ban now applies to everyone in Germany. Companies need to rethink and find new ways to develop more sustainable hospitality . In the long run this can new law so as chance be understood to reposition themselves and take advantage of the changes to pull.

HALM glass straws for hospitality

In principle, it is not only worthwhile for the sake of the environment but also for cost reasonse reusable alternative because all production consumes resources, even if they are of natural origin or even recycled. In the classic hospitality are the HALM is also a real eye-catcher , not only in bars, restaurants and cafes , also in Hotels , for catering events or weddings they are perfect.

The cost of purchasing a reusable straw is higher, but that's what it's for lifetime significantly longer , whereby recurring procurement costs can be saved. The HALM are also hygienic, HACCP-compliant and just in to clean the dishwasher . through the high stability and robustness also offer long-term added value.

The special glass of the HALM is absolute tasteless and free of any toxins. Through years of experience and double quality control in production, the most stable and safest variant for a sustainable drinking experience.

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Thanks to a long service life and reusability, HALM saves a lot on replacement costs

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Single-use plastic ban 2021 - The law at a glance

More than 80% of marine litter is plastic waste . Europe alone produces approx 25 million tons of plastic waste per year. the European Union now wants to reduce this plastic in the sea by the combat climate change . This is the promotion of reusable, recycled reusable alternatives and the ban on certain single-use and microplastic items.

  • Ban on the sale of single-use plastic products since July 3, 2021
  • Manufacturers are required to use recycled materials or produce recyclable products
  • Manufacturers share in the cost of disposing of used plastics


What about the single-use plastic ban in 2021no longer permitted?

  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic dishes (plates, bowls)
  • Plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks)
  • Basically all single-use plastic products for which there are already environmentally friendly alternatives
  • stirrers
  • Styrofoam (polystyrene) packaging for hot food and drinks
  • Plastic balloon sticks
  • Plastic cotton swabs
  • Bioplastic alternatives (bio-based and biodegradable plastic products, e.g. bags, straws, packaging)

What is still allowed in the 2021 single-use plastic ban?

  • Reusable solutions made of glass, stainless steel, deposit systems
  • Disposable plastic food wraps and cups (but significantly reduced)
  • Single-use plastic beverage containers will only be allowed if their lids and caps are attached to them
  • Compostable alternatives made from plant-based and renewable raw materials (e.g. cellulose, sugar cane, palm leaves, paper)
  • Cereal-based edible cutlery and crockery
  • All alternatives must be HACCP compliant

2023 and the future of mandatory reuse

away January 2023 also applies Returnable obligation , which states that one must offer reusable alternatives to single-use packaging.

In addition, a ban could be passed that prohibits the sale of single-use plastic products free of charge.


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 FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Single-use plastic products have been banned throughout the European Union since July 3rd, 2021. Further tightening of the law is to follow from 2023.
In general, all single-use plastic products for which an environmentally friendly or recyclable alternative already exists are prohibited. These include e.g. plastic straws, plastic dishes, cutlery, stirring sticks and styrofoam packaging.
All alternatives must be HACCP compliant. Some disposable plastic packaging and cups are still allowed, but greatly reduced. In addition, reusable alternatives made of glass, hard plastic, stainless steel and wood, as well as the first silicone deposit systems, should be used. Plant-based compostable alternatives and edible cutlery and crockery made from grain are also fine.
Around three billion plastic straws are used every day, then thrown away and most of them end up in the oceans. To combat climate change and reduce plastic in the sea, the EU passed this law. The best reusable alternative to plastic straws are glass straws.
The consumption of resources is significantly higher in the production of products made of single-use plastic, as these are used up again and again. a reusable product has a long service life and saves on recurring acquisition costs.
Yes, glass straws are the most hygienic reusable alternative because they are transparent and easy to clean in the dishwasher.