Consumer Items Being Banned to Save the Planet [Infographic]

Modern life can be chaotic, so itโ€™s no wonder that science and commerce have teamed up to provide us with no-fuss products to help the day pass smoothly. Unfortunately, the environmental toll of some of these innovations can be enormous. Itโ€™s no wonder that eco-conscious governments and municipalities are using legislation to temper the damage weโ€™re inflicting on our planet.

In Europe, banned items range from the mundane to the ridiculous: guidelines set by the EU have made high-powered (and underperforming) vacuum cleaners a thing of the past, while the French have outlawed the farming of domestic frog legs. Bangladesh was the first nation to ban plastic shopping bags, way back in 2002.

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