The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya. They signed off a document stating that the flow of plastic into the ocean must be stopped.
Scientists welcomed the statement, but were unhappy the agreement was only based in principle, with no firm targets or timetables.
Ministers say it's a milestone because it shows governments, industry and the public that a major change is needed. Vidar Helgesen, Norway's Environment Minister, has been leading the UN debate on plastic pollution. He told BBC News: "What we came here with was the need for action. The starting point was aiming for zero emission of marine litter. So it's effectively a breakthrough for zero emission of plastic into the ocean."
He admitted that this was really only the start of action against plastic litter. Li Lin from WWF International told BBC News: "Today we have seen quite good progress on marine litter and micro-plastics… read more:http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42252233