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France Just Became The First Country To Ban Plastic Cups, Plates And Cutlery
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France Just Became The First Country To Ban Plastic Cups, Plates And Cutlery

Following its ban on plastic bags in July, France took it a step further. A new measure took effect last month, which forces plastic dish manufacturers to start making their products only from biodegradable material by 2020.

Ecologists are applauding the new law, but not everybody is happy. Some speculate that it violates European Union rules on free movement of goods and hurts the consumers. “We are urging the European Commission to do the right thing and to take legal action against France for infringing European law. If they don’t, we will,” Pack2Go Europe, an organization representing European packaging manufacturers told The Associated Press.

The ban aims not only to reduce the pollution caused by plastic, but to lower the energy consumed and waste produced by the plastic processing industry.

(h/t: bigstory, mashable | Facebook image: Emilia Lives Life)

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

"Some speculate that it violates European Union rules on free movement of goods and hurts the consumers," *rolling eyes* someone call the WAAAAH-mbulance! I'd rather it hurt my wallet and pay more for something biodegradable than hurt more of the environment!

Hans
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5 years ago

Unfortunately, few people think like you and ignore that then future generations will pay the price.

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over opinionated
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5 years ago

This should have been a world wide law ages ago. I'm glad its starting somewhere. I hope that everywhere takes notice and does the same thing.

Jeanne Deaux
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5 years ago

Don't dream, it's only a project... We have presidential election next year and sadly I fear this is only words to please some people and will be long forgotten before the 2020 deadline. I hope really really hard that I'm wrong but I have no faith on any of our potential candidates.

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Joel Ei
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5 years ago

EXCELLENT! America, can we be next please??

Jace
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5 years ago

America... Ha ha ha! Land of the capitalists will be last in line for things like this unless there's a profit to be made above the status quo.

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Amanda Panda
Community Member
5 years ago

"Some speculate that it violates European Union rules on free movement of goods and hurts the consumers," *rolling eyes* someone call the WAAAAH-mbulance! I'd rather it hurt my wallet and pay more for something biodegradable than hurt more of the environment!

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago

Unfortunately, few people think like you and ignore that then future generations will pay the price.

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over opinionated
Community Member
5 years ago

This should have been a world wide law ages ago. I'm glad its starting somewhere. I hope that everywhere takes notice and does the same thing.

Jeanne Deaux
Community Member
5 years ago

Don't dream, it's only a project... We have presidential election next year and sadly I fear this is only words to please some people and will be long forgotten before the 2020 deadline. I hope really really hard that I'm wrong but I have no faith on any of our potential candidates.

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Joel Ei
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5 years ago

EXCELLENT! America, can we be next please??

Jace
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5 years ago

America... Ha ha ha! Land of the capitalists will be last in line for things like this unless there's a profit to be made above the status quo.

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