A new United Nations report has provided an overview of global momentum in the fight against single-use plastic. The topic made more headlines than usual this week after a pilot whale died in southern Thailand, having ingested more than 80 plastic bags. The new report focuses in detail on national-level regulation to ban or limit the use of plastic bags and styrofoam around the world.
The following map shows the state of global regulation to limit plastic bag use. There are total or partial national-level bans in several African countries a well as France, India, and Mongolia. Other countries have introduced economic measures such as taxing plastic bags and that list includes Ireland and Portugal.