Majority of Dutch want to ban single-use plastics


A recent survey revealed that 71% of Dutch people agree that the Dutch government should ban single-use plastics.

Strong international support for action against single-use plastic

The poll, conducted by research agency Ipsos on behalf of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), found that on average 75% of people worldwide would like to see single-use plastics banned as soon as possible. “These results show very clearly that there is a strong global consensus that single-use plastics should be removed from circulation as soon as possible,” said Ipsos Australia Director Stuart Clark.

As part of the ‘Attitudes towards single-use plastic’ report, Ipsos surveyed people in 28 countries around the world, including the UK, US and China. The researchers found that Latin American countries, Russia, India and China showed the most enthusiasm for a single-use plastic ban.

The report also touched on the issue of an international treaty to tackle plastic pollution and the efforts people are making to try and avoid single-use plastic packaging. Across the 28 countries featured in the study, an average of 65% of respondents agreed that an international treaty was essential or very important, with residents of Mexico and Peru being the most supportive of the measure.

Three-quarters of Dutch citizens support banning single-use plastic

Ipsos found that, compared to other countries, Dutch citizens were quite unsupportive of measures against single-use plastic. While 71% of respondents agreed that a ban should be introduced as soon as possible, this figure was one of the eighth lowest included in the report, along with populations in Colombia (89%), Australia ( 77%) and from Germany (73%). percent) all showing more support for the measure.

Furthermore, only 73% of respondents from the Netherlands (totally) agree with the statement “I want to buy products that use as little plastic packaging as possible” – only the United States and Japan reported lower percentages (71% and 56% respectively).

Finally, 57% of Dutch people said that “a binding international treaty to fight plastic pollution” was either essential or very important.

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