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Costa Rica intends to be world’s first plastic and carbon-free nation by 2021

Costa Rica is aiming to become the first country in the world to be plastic and carbon-free by 2021. The Central American country first announced its plans to start replacing single-use plastics back in 2017, and launched a national strategy to replace plastics with recyclable and water-soluble materials.

The goal to be carbon neutral by 2021 was first made back in 2007. Any aspiring carbon neutral nation must make sure that any carbon emissions produced are offset by various means, and of course reduced as much as possible. Costa Rica generates 99% of its energy from renewable sources, and continues to add to its forest coverage. It has doubled its forest area from 26% in 1984 to 52% in 2017.

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