Dominica has announced an aggressive ban on many single-use plastic and Styrofoam products in an effort to preserve its natural landscapes.
The Independent UK reports that Roosevelt Skerrit, the prime minister of the Caribbean nation, addressed Dominica’s ongoing restoration efforts after Hurricane Maria devastated the region last year, saying the ban would provide aid to those efforts.
“Dominica prides itself as the ‘Nature Isle.’ We must in every way deserve and reflect that designation,” he said during a budget address in June. “The issue of solid waste management affects that perception and we continue to grapple with it.”
“We must rebuild and reset our society and economy and protect our environment in order to achieve a new, more resilient Dominica,” Mr Skerrit continued.
Dominica joined a long list of nations and major corporations phasing out the use of plastic straws, from New Zealand and Australia, to Starbucks and Disney. The ban becomes effective in January 2019.