France Bans Plastic Disposables

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France, which is the world’s 8th largest economy and host of last year’s historic United Nation’s Climate Conference, is once again making green waves by announcing a ban on all disposable plastic cutlery and a mandate that disposable cups and plates are made to be composted. This law will come into effect in 2020. This means you will no longer be able to enjoy your baguettes with cheese or French wine with a non-environmentally friendly glass or plate.

This comes just two years after the country banned all plastic bags, a law which will come into effect next year. As concerns grow about plastic pollution in our oceans and microplastics in freshwater lakes, streams, and rivers, the movement to cut plastic out of our economy and replace it with biodegradable and reusable alternatives is now more necessary than ever. That is why many hope that France’s ban is replicated by more countries across the world and hopefully by states here in the U.S. too.

You can participate by enacting your own personal plastic ban by only using reusable dishes, bringing your own mug to the coffee shop, and using a reusable water bottle wherever you go.

Nithin is an eecosphere Impact Mill and freelance writer who focuses on cultural, economic, and environmental issues in developing countries with an aim at building channels of communication and collaboration around common challenges. He alternates between a home in California and working on social projects in Africa and Asia.