Legislation & Standards

The governments of the following countries have decided not to ban plastic, instead they have passed legislation making it mandatory to use oxo-biodegradable or crop-based plastic, or in some case oxo-biodegradable plastic only.

This type of legislation supports the local plastic industries in the countries concerned and helps to secure the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of people worldwide.

Oxo-biodegradable Plastic only

(Plastic factories and brand owners cannot export to these countries unless their disposable plastic products contain oxo-biodegradable technology.)

  • Albania
  • Brazil (parts)
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jordan
  • Pakistan (parts)
  • Rwanda
  • Togo
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Yemen
Oxo-biodegradable and Hydro-biodegradable Plastic 

(In these countries the legislation specifies either oxo or hydro technology. In practice,
oxo-biodegradable is often the preferred technology as it is cheaper to produce, more
flexible in most applications and it can be recycled.)

  • Argentina (parts)
  • Benin
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Burkina Faso
  • Croatia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Kosovo
  • Macedonia
  • Mauritius
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Sudan