France becomes first country to ban plastic plates, cups, and utensils

plastic-cups_1024France just passed a law that says all plastic plates, cups, and utensils will be banned by 2020, and replacements will need to be made from biologically sourced materials that can be composted.

The new law follows a total ban on plastic shopping bags in July, and is part of the country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act – a plan to make France a world leader in adopting more environmentally friendly practices, and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

With 4.73 billion plastic goblets discarded in France in 2015 alone, and roughly 17 billion plastic bags used annually in supermarkets around the country, the new laws will hopefully put an end to France’s dependence on disposable plastic wares.

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