Single use plastic, the use of Styrofoam and Oxybenzone prohibited!

ORANJESTAD – On November 19, 2019, the Parliament of Aruba unanimously approved the law prohibiting the use of single use plastic, as well as the use of Styrofoam and Oxybenzone.

Sustainable Development Goal # 12 Responsible production and consumption This law is accordant with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, to be specific SDG 12, 13, 14 and 15 benefitting the environment and human health.

Sustainable Development Goal #  13 Climate ActionThis as stated in the National Decree that it should be effective near the end of 2020, prohibiting the basic products that impacts our environment and health considerably like plastic cups, utensils, plastic plates, Styrofoam boxes, plastic straws and many other products. Oxybenzone as component in sunblock, is hazardous to the marine life specifically the corals.

Sustainable Development Goal #  14 Life below waterAd Single use plastic banThe damage is enormous, considering the use of Oxybenzone sunblock by half of the 1.7 million annual visitors.

Sustainable Development Goal #  15 Life on landThe government applauds local incentives by Aruba Aloe and Aruba Life Organics producing alternative products like organic sunblock.

Following the law, the Government will work together with companies to find alternatives for the creation of these ecofriendly products.  

It is important to notice that the list of prohibited products is dynamic and can change over time. This law is effective July 2020 and it prohibits the import and sale in Aruba. A transition period is in place in order to provide everybody with proper time for the conversion to alternative products. The list with the prohibited products will be published soon.

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