By 2020, France will not allow these plastic items for a really good reason
Come 2020, all disposable plastic dishes sold in France will be banned, reported the Associated Press. From then on, they’ll have to be made from biologically sourced materials that can be composted.
Can you imagine?! A plastic-free country?
The Europe Ecologie-Greens Party first introduced the proposal, reported Mashable.
And, last year, Paris hosted the Climate Change Conference, and a ban on plastic bags went into effect in France this past July. Other countries and cities have plastic bag bans in effect, too, but France will be the first to ban disposable plastic.
Some packaging industry lobbyists are not happy with the news, as you can imagine.
They say the ban violates European Union rules on the free movement of goods, the AP reported.
Pack2Go Europe, a Brussels-based organization representing European packaging manufacturers, is an example.
“We are urging the European Commission to do the right thing and to take legal action against France for infringing European law,” Pack2Go Europe secretary general Eamonn Bates told the Associated Press. “If they don’t, we will.”
We think it’s exciting: Less plastic is obvs way better for the environment.