France To Become First Country To Ban Disposable Plastic Cups And Plates

Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Climate Change, Eco-Friendly, Environment with 12 Comments

france plastic products

By Anna Scanlon | Natural Society

In an effort to help curb some of the strains that disposable plastic puts on landfills, France is set to become the first country to ban all disposable cutlery products. By 2020, any disposable cutlery items will be required to be made from 50% biologically-sourced materials. By 2025, the cutlery will have to be made of 60% biologically sourced materials that can be composted at home. [1]

Plastic materials are not biodegradable, often sitting in landfills or make their way into oceans. As they break down and become smaller and smaller, they can often find their way into food sources of local wildlife, potentially harming the environment and ecosystems. The plastic material can also potentially ruin their habitats, displacing and endangering many treasured animals.

Following the release of the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, the new rule was adopted in an effort to curb the waste created by these products and help lessen its effect on the environment. And while the law went into effect this year, companies who make plastic cutlery have until 2020 to comply with the new rules.

President of the country, François Hollande, says he hopes to make France a world leader in diversifying energy models and reducing greenhouse emissions.

And while this may seem like a victory for environmentalists, many in the packaging industry are lashing out. Pack2GoEurope, an industry association representing the interests of packaging companies throughout Europe, says that this new set of laws violates the EU’s laws on the free movement of goods. They are also concerned that they simply don’t have the technology to create what the French government is asking for.

Eamonn Bates, secretary general of Pack2GoEurope, stated:

“Finding a package that meets the really critical food hygiene requirements that consumers want, that can also be composted in a domestic composter…right now they don’t exist.” [2]

Others worry that the new cutlery will encourage a litter problem throughout the country. If people think the products are biodegradable, they may simply leave them outside to compost, which could make the issue even worse than before. [3]

Despite the heavy debates, France joined a long list of nations this July in banning the sale and distribution of plastic bags (just like our own Hawaii did) at supermarket checkouts–further proof that it is on its way to at least attempting some form of environmental stability and reducing its national global impact.

Tags: , , , ,


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on YouTube

12 Reader Comments

Trackback URL Comments RSS Feed

  1. What will airlines use to serve meals?

  2. To cut down more trees… For paper cups.

  3. Maybe they will introduce aluminium thin which is light and easy to crunch

New Title

NOTE: Email is optional. Do NOT enter it if you do NOT want it displayed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

FAIR USE NOTICE. Many of the articles on this site contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making this material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental issues, human rights, economic and political democracy, and issues of social justice. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law which contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. If you wish to use such copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use' must obtain permission from the copyright owner. And, if you are a copyright owner who wishes to have your content removed, let us know via the "Contact Us" link at the top of the site, and we will promptly remove it.

The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Conscious Life News assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms.

Paid advertising on Conscious Life News may not represent the views and opinions of this website and its contributors. No endorsement of products and services advertised is either expressed or implied.

Send this to friend