Success! France Bans Plastic Cups, Plates, And Cutlery

In order to improve the living environment and make the life better, France has taken numerous measures, which registered it in the progressive nation in recent years. For instance, it recognized dogs as sentient beings and made it illegal for grocery stores to purposefully waste food. Also, in an effort to reduce emissions and prevent climate change from worsening Paris was the first town that held the car-free day.

One of the measures that France took was a passing a new law which will ban the sale of plastic cups, plates, and cutlery unless they are compostable and are made of biologically-sourced materials. According to the Independent that law will go into effect in 2020 and is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth. This latest ban is part of the nation’s strategy which is eager to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate change.

This is a good news for the environmentalists, but not all are in favor of the ban, as some arguments that have been presented are that the ban violates European Union rules on free movement of goods.

For instance, the European packaging manufacturer Pack2Go Europe is eager to continue to fight that new law.

The report by the French consumer watchdog rates the recycling in France similar to America’s, and many environmental organizations support the new legislation.

Some experts, however, are adamant that there is no proof that the biologically-sourced materials are better for the environment. They, also argue that the ban might make the situation worse as people misunderstand extending of degradability.

On other hands, some people suggest that it would be better for the environment to invest in plates, cups, and cutlery that can be reused. Reducing the plastic pollution will certainly help prevent climate change from worsening. According to the research, enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the globe four times.

This is why the French picnickers won’t be able to cut the Camembert cheese with plastic knives and sup wine from plastic goblets.

Even though this ban is obviously not enough to make a huge difference, it is a step forward. This movement might be followed by other countries.


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