It seems that France is definitely one of the most progressive country in the world, especially as of late. Just a while back the country banned food wasting at grocery stores, which was followed by identifying dogs as sentient creatures and finally Paris became the first city in the world that had a car-free day with the intention to raise climate change awareness and reduce the emissions that pollute the air beyond repair.
But this latest bill that was proposed by the French government is something spectacular. Just a few months ago France decided to forbid the use of plastic cups, cutlery and plates in order to protect the environment. It’s an effort we should all strive to make.
The manufacturers have a choice to stop making cups and plates or start producing them from biodegradable materials. The bill has passed and will be implemented in the year 2020, as a part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth, an initiative against climate change.
The law is making environmentalists ecstatic but there are those who are not thrilled at hearing of this latest ban. Plastic companies from France say that the law goes against the right of free goods movement across the EU and plan to fight the implementation of this law and hopefully overthrow it.
Statistics show that France’s rate of recycling is similar to the US and that’s what urged the government to make this drastic call. But are biodegradable materials any better? If you ask Eamon Bates, the Pack2Go plastic company’s secretary general, they’re certainly not. He believes that if the ban is implemented, the situation is going to escalate as many people don’t fully understand degradability.
Bates adds that this will inspire people to believe it’s OK if they leave their plates and cups behind them after a picnic thinking they will disintegrate without harming the environment, polluting it beyond repair.
But those in favor of the law say that with the reduction of plastic the environment will benefit greatly and we’ll be fighting climate change more vigorously. On a yearly basis, people throw plastic in such large amounts that we can wrap the globe 4 times with it. And this amount of plastic needs a lot of time to decompose. Plastic materials are also polluting our seas and oceans, and damage our flora and fauna beyond repair.
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