France has certainly proven itself as the most progressive nation in the world over the last few years. Initially, the country chose to make food wasting illegal at markets, then followed it up by recognizing dogs as sentient beings. Paris was also the first city in the world to hold a car-free day in order to raise awareness of climate changes and lower toxic emissions.
And with a just recently proposed law, France has outdone itself. A few months ago, the French federal government chose to ban plastic cups, plates and flatware in an effort to protect the environment, which is something we all should strive for.
The manufacturers can still make cups, plates and cutlery from biodegradable products, however not plastic. The law should go into full effect from 2020, and it’s a part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth initiative which is trying to fight environment change.
And, while environmentalists are happy over the law, others are not so delighted. Numerous plastic companies argue that the restriction breaches the European Union’s right of free goods movement. They plan on fighting the law, and are quite enthusiastic they’ll defeat it.
According to statistics, France’s recycling rate is not unlike the USA, which is why the government chose this drastic measure. However, Eamon Bates, secretary general of the Pack2Go packing company doesn’t think that degradable materials are better. In addition, he says that the ban will make matters worse, as people often misinterpret the degradability.
“It will just make people leave their cups and plates away in the countryside after a picnic as they believe they’re naturally degradable. This will lead to incredible amounts of litter which will undoubtedly harm the environment,” Bates stated.
Nevertheless, experts that favour the law say that the reduction in plastic will certainly help the environment and battle climate change. Every year, we throw out enough plastic to cover the world 4 times, which needs a lot of time to decompose.
Moreover, plastic is polluting the oceans also and causing irreparable damage to the sea flora and fauna, and even the deepest points such as the Mariana trench are not safe from it.
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