Costa Rica to ban the use of polystyrene packaging from 2021


Costa Rica recently signed a law to ban the import and sale of polystyrene (styrofoam) due to concerns over the packaging material’s damaging effects on the environment. The law will come into effect in 2021, which is the same year that the government of Costa Rica has said that the country will be plastic and carbon-free.

Polystyrene is extremely harmful to the environment, as it quickly breaks down into microplastics that enter oceans and end up being consumed by marine life. It is also hazardous to humans, as the chemicals used in the production of polystyrene cause irritation and result in negative respiratory and gastrointestinal effects.

Costa Rican President, Carlos Alvarado Quesada said: “Today we have proved to Costa Rica that we will fight to safeguard its fundamental rights, such as the right to health, and at the same time we are sending a clear message that these actions evidence this administration’s compromise to achieve the decarbonisation of our economy.”