The European parliament have approved the ban on single-use plastic items, by 2021. Only 35 of the 751 parliament members, voted against the proposal.
The law, which was supported by 560 Members of the European Parliament against 35 on Wednesday, stipulates that 10 single-use plastic items will be banned in order to curb ocean pollution.
MEPs also agreed a target to collect and recycle 90% of beverage bottles by 2029.
"Europe is setting new and ambitious standards, paving the way for the rest of the world," the European Commission's first vice-president Frans Timmermans, who is responsible for sustainable development, said in a statement.
The new plans come after the EC found that plastics make up more than 80% of marine litter,
which has disastrous effects on wildlife and habitats.
The EU parliament
notes that because of its slow rate of decomposition, plastic residue has been found in marine species as well as fish and shellfish -- and therefore also makes its way into the human food chain.