France Bans Plastic Utensils

Posted: Sep 20 2016, 11:28am CDT | by , in News | Latest Political News


France Bans Plastic Utensils
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France has just passed a law that says, by 2020, all plastic cups, plates, and utensils will be banned and replaced with biologically sourced materials. The new law follows a total ban of plastic shopping bags in July. It is all a part of the country's Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, a plan to make France the world leader in green living.

There have been 4.73 billion plastic goblets discarded in 2015 alone in France and roughly 17 billion plastic bags are used annually in supermarkets. 

This new law will hopefully end at least France's dependence on disposable plastic utensils.

According to the new law, plastic bags were not allowed to have disposable plastic bags. Plastic bags will be prohibited in vegetable and fruit departments starting in the new year.

The other bans won't take place until 2020 to give companies the chance to adjust. In three years, 50 percent of the material must be organic and compostable.

While some people are thrilled, others aren't taking the news so well.

The Associated Press reports that Pack2Go Europe - an organization that representing European packaging manufacturers - has announced that it will be fighting the new law, as it infringes on manufacturers' rights.

"We are urging the European Commission to do the right thing and to take legal action against France for infringing European law," Pack2Go Europe secretary general Eamonn Bates told the Associated Press. "If they don't, we will."

The claim that the ban could make litter worse because people felt that they could leave their new utensils laying around.

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