France has issued a ban on plastic utensils in a bid to reduce the country’s carbon footprint and create a positive impact on climate change.
In a bid to ensure that all plastic cups, cutlery and plates will be made from compostable, biodegradable materials, the new plastic ban will come into effect in 2020, and has been brought in as part of an initiative called Energy Transition for Green Growth.
While environmentalists are celebrating, not everyone is quite so delighted with the news; according to sources, the decision has plastic manufacturers up in arms over the potential losses, or extra costs which they will now incur. According to RT:
Pack2Go, a Brussels-based organization representing European packaging producers, spoke to the Independent.
“We are urging the European Commission to do the right thing and to take legal action against France for infringing European law,” Pack2Go Secretary-General Eamonn Bates said. According to him, there is no proof that something biologically-sourced is safer for the environment.
Whilst The Telegraph looked at similar examples from across the world:
Karnataka in India has banned the use of plastic across the entire state. San Francisco banned plastic shopping bags in 2007 and plastic water bottles on public properties in 2014. In Britain customers must pay 5p for each plastic bag.
Plastic has become a global problem, with more disposable products being made available in stores every day. It is causing pollution and ocean debris, which in turn has a negative effect on marine life. Any measures which can be brought in to combat the ever increasing reliance and use of plastic, especially the disposable kind, is a positive step towards making this world a cleaner place.