The EU's proposed ban on single-use plastics is an issue that environmental organisation Greenpeace has long campaigned for.
Last month the group set oversized plastic bottles and cups afloat in the Mediterranean. The aim was to "make the invisible visible" and get people to pay attention to the problem.
Ahead of the EU announcement, euronews spoke to Captain Peter Willcox aboard the Rainbow Warrior in Singapore
Willcox says it wasn't that long ago that the oceans were free of plastic pollution.
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