The European Union has made a historic step to fight the pollution of our seas by banning a number of plastic products. Single-use plastic products, such as straws, cotton buds and plastic spoons will be banned from 2021. In total ten plastic items will be banned from the members of the European Union.
After the vote was carried by 571-53 on Wednesday, the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) who proposed the bill, Frederique Ries, tweeted that it was "a victory for our oceans, for the environment and for future generations."
Before the bill can become law it must be ratified by the member states.
Along with the ban on plastic products the bill also obliges EU members to recycle 90 percent of plastic bottles by 2025.
The World Economic Forum estimates that there are about 150 million tons of plastic in the world's seas. A study published in Science in 2015 suggested that between five and 13 million tons more are flowing into them every year.