France says NO to plastic by making an environment friendly decision by banning all disposable (plastic) utensils, cups and plates by 2020. The materials to be used then will have to be bio-degradable and biologically sourced.
Plastic shopping bags have already been banned in July from the supermarket check-out counters and acting further on country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act they now plan on removing those from fresh produce sections too from 1st of January 2017.
Some 4.73 billion plastic crockery items were discarded just in France in the year 2015 and an estimated 17 billion plastic bags are consumed at supermarkets of the country.
According to what government officials have stated, manufacturers of disposable utensils have a period of three years to become adapted with the new law and by then they are required to make 50% of the material used in their products, to be biodegradable and organic. Over 2025 the ratio has to be increased by 60%.
More of such absolute steps are required in this world today as many studies have suggested that by 2050 world will have more plastic than fish in the ocean. Although many supporters want early implementation of the law, but French environment minister Ségolène Royal, took under consideration low-income families which depend on the plastic utensil and crockery industry.
French President François Hollande stated that the ban is “to make France … an exemplary nation in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, diversifying its energy model and increasing the deployment of renewable energy sources”.
Although there are few more countries who have already taken initiatives against plastic, Australia being a pioneer on these initiatives and cities like San Francisco banned shopping bags in 2007 and use of plastic water bottles on public property in 2014, or like British customers who are charged 5p per plastic bag, such definitive steps are yet to be taken by other nations of the world.