News What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?  

Ryleigh Nucilli
May 30, 2018 11.8k votes 797 voters 5k views 30 items

List Rules Vote up the single-use disposable products that should be banned; vote down the ones that shouldn't be.

In 2018, the European Union proposed a ban on the top 10 plastic items most commonly found on beaches and in waterways around the world. This drastic action could significantly reduce the availability of modern consumers' favorite single-use items — such as cotton ear swabs and picnic forks — and pave the way for more research in creating environmentally sustainable products and materials. According to a 2017 report from Seas at Risk, "46 billion bottles, 36 billion straws, 16 billion coffee cups and two billion plastic takeout containers are consumed annually in the European Union," and when you see the internet-viral photos of floating garbage islands and mounds of plastic straws, you can probably believe it. Reportedly, only 14% of global plastic is currently recycled, and plastic is particularly harmful as it takes more than 400 years to degrade.

As powerful as passing a measure like this is, however, there remains the question of all the other hazardous materials — plastic and otherwise — that pollute the Earth at an astonishing rate. Why stop at beach litter; why not tackle the plethora of other unsustainable products currently in overuse on the market? What single-use, disposable items could you live without? Which ones should be banned?

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Single-Serving Coffee Pods is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Single-Serving Coffee Pods

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518 124
Plastic Bags From Grocery Stor... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Plastic Bags From Grocery Stores

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391 117
Single-Use Beauty Products is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Single-Use Beauty Products

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360 148
Razors With Non-Replaceable He... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Razors With Non-Replaceable Heads

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400 177
Disposable Straws In Cold Drin... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Disposable Straws In Cold Drink Orders

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361 161
Single-Serving Condiments is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Single-Serving Condiments

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318 134
Scented Air Freshener Plug-Ins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Scented Air Freshener Plug-Ins

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349 159
Disposable Coffee Cups is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Disposable Coffee Cups

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319 165
The Disposable Food Containers... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
The Disposable Food Containers Restaurants Use

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280 144
Single-use batteries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Single-use batteries

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280 152
Single-Use Party Cups is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Single-Use Party Cups

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262 164
Disposable Dinnerware And Cutl... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Disposable Dinnerware And Cutlery

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251 158
Single-Use Cooking Pans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Single-Use Cooking Pans

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220 171
Laundry And Dish Detergent Cap... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Laundry And Dish Detergent Capsules

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196 179
Plastic Dog Poop Bags is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Plastic Dog Poop Bags

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123 202
Paper Cupcake Wrappers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Paper Cupcake Wrappers

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121 199
Pre-Prepared, Pre-Packaged Foo... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Pre-Prepared, Pre-Packaged Foods

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121 205
Disposable Coffee Filters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Disposable Coffee Filters

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121 206
Gift Wrapping Paper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Gift Wrapping Paper

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128 227
Disposable Diapers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Disposable Diapers

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103 199
Plastic Storage Bags is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Plastic Storage Bags

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97 212
Antibacterial Wet Wipes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Antibacterial Wet Wipes

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84 191
Disposable Cat Litter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Disposable Cat Litter

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91 217
Paper Towels In Public Bathroo... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Paper Towels In Public Bathrooms

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82 204
Plastic Toothbrushes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Plastic Toothbrushes

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62 208
Paper Napkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Paper Napkins

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63 214
Paper Towels For Cleaning Up T... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Paper Towels For Cleaning Up The Kitchen

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59 224
Plastic And Cardboard Disposab... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Plastic And Cardboard Disposable Tampons

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49 223
Garbage Bags is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Garbage Bags

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41 285
Single-Use Condoms is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Disposable Items Would You Support A Ban On?
Single-Use Condoms