Luxembourg is the second worst offender in Europe when it comes to producing plastic waste.

Plastic packaging and other plastic waste is a widely recognised environmental issue. According to data from Eurostat, the average EU citizen produces an astounding 31kg of plastic waste every year. Ireland tops the chart with citizens producing 61kg of plastic waste per person - nearly double the EU average - and Luxembourg comes second with 52kg. Bulgaria produces the least plastic waste in the EU, with only 9 kilos produced per person and year.

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has produced a report suggesting that if current consumption patterns continue, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050.

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Local action

Following a heated discussion about the amount of plastic packaging used by supermarkets in Luxembourg, members of the Facebook group Luxembourg Expats have started a petition urging supermarkets to reduce the use of plastics. The petition has over 9,000 signatures as of publication, with the aim of reaching 10,000.

Industry initiative

Scott's Pub in Luxembourg City have announced that they will reduce their use of plastics, as well as adopting broader measures decrease any negative environmental impact. Plastic straws will be abandoned in favour of biodegradable alternatives, and they will no longer use disposable plastic cups, amongst other initiatives. The bar management has stated that they are open to further ideas from the public as to other environmentally friendly initiatives that could be adopted.