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

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In May 2018, the EU Commission adopted a new measure to contain single-use plastic products. Since July 03, 2021 the ban now applies to every country in the European Union. Companies need to rethink and find new ways to develop more sustainable hospitality. In the long term, this change in the law is a chance for all businesses and consumers to make a difference for the future and ensure they offer both sustainable and efficient alternatives to disposable products. 

HALM glass straws for hospitality

It is not only worthwhile to switch to reusable product alternatives because of the environmental factor, however it is also cost savings. Reusable products like glass straws use less production resources, less energy and can be reused time and time again. HALM straws are also a real eye-catcher, not just in Bars, restaurants and Cafes, but also for Hotels , for Catering events or Weddings.

The initial acquisition costs of a reusable straw are higher, but over the significantly longer lifetime of the products is where the recurring procurement costs can be saved. HALM Straws are also the most hygienic, HACCP-compliant drinking straws as they are easily cleaned in the dishwasher or with a custom made cleaning brush for glass straws, designed by HALM. The strength and robustness of HALM glass straws offer long-term added value to your business.

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

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The HALM glass straw advantages at a glance

Plastic-free, hygienic, HAACP-compliant, good-looking. Why HALM glass HALM glass straws in the hospitality

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Disposable plastic ban 2021 - the law at a glance

More than 80% of the litter in the sea is plastic . Europe alone produces about 25 million tons of plastic waste a year. the European Union now wants to reduce this plastic in the sea by the Fight climate change . To do this is the promotion of reusable, recycled Reusable alternatives and the ban on certain single-use and microplastic items is important.

  • Ban on the sale of single-use plastic products since July 3, 2021
  • Manufacturers are obliged to use recycled material or to produce recyclable products
  • Manufacturers share in the costs of disposing of the old plastics

What about the one-way 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
  • Stir sticks
  • Packaging for hot food and drinks made of styrofoam (polystyrene)
  • Plastic balloon sticks
  • Plastic cotton swabs
  • Bioplastic alternatives (bio-based and biodegradable plastic products, e.g. bags, straws, packaging)

What is still allowed for the disposable plastic bot in 2021?

  • Reusable solutions made of glass, stainless steel, deposit systems
  • Disposable food packaging and disposable plastic cups (but significantly reduced)
  • Disposable plastic beverage containers are only approved if their lids and closures are attached to them
  • Compostable alternatives made from vegetable and renewable raw materials (e.g. cellulose, sugar cane, palm leaf, paper)
  • Grain-based edible cutlery and crockery
  • All alternatives must be HACCP compliant


2023 and the future of the reusable obligation

away January 2023 also applies the Reusable compulsory , which says that one must offer reusable alternatives to the single-use packaging.

In addition, a ban could be passed that forbids disposing of single-use plastic products free of charge.


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 FAQ - Frequently asked questions

The ban on single-use plastic products has been in effect 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 there is already an environmentally friendly or recyclable alternative are prohibited. These include e.g. plastic straws, plastic dishes, cutlery, chopsticks for stirring and styrofoam packaging.
All alternatives must be HACCP compliant. Some single-use packaging and cups made of plastic 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. Compostable, plant-based alternatives and edible cutlery and dishes made from grain are also fine.
Every day around three billion plastic straws are used, 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. Glass straws are the best reusable alternative to plastic straws.
The consumption of resources is significantly higher in the production of products from single-use plastic, as these are used anew every time. a reusable product has a long service life and saves recurring acquisition costs.
Yes, glass straws are the most hygienic reusable alternative because they are transparent and easy to clean in the dishwasher.