Presently, twelve Caribbean countries have all placed a ban on the import and use of Styrofoam and single-use plastics.  Single-use plastics are a global threat to the natural environment and public health. After the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean Sea is the second most plastic contaminated sea in the world. Over the past decade, the Caribbean region has proposed or legislated some form of policy to reduce the use of plastics. Many governments have put measures in place to reduce plastic pollution, ensure plastic waste proposals and utilize sustainable alternatives.

Marine life like hawksbill, green, or leatherback turtles is harmed by the improper disposal of plastics. These plastics can harm the climate and underwater ecosystems. The implementation of the single-use plastics ban will help to enhance public awareness and education and raise initiatives for enhancing waste management infrastructure.

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