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France Becomes First Country to Ban Plastic Cups, Plates, and Cutlery

France Becomes First Country to Ban Plastic Cups, Plates, and Cutlery

The French government has passed a law outlawing the use of disposable cups, plates and cutlery made out of plastic.

The directive, which will be enforced in 2020, is aimed at making the country build a more sustainable economy and drive innovation in biodegradable products.

The only disposable utensils and cutlery that will survive the ban will be those made from at least 50% biodegradable material.

The new law is pegged on the country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, which also banned the use of plastic bags last year.

Plastics continue to be a threat in our ecosystem particularly in the oceans as 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year. According to current estimates by the United Nations Environment, which also warn that plastic waste dumped into the ocean could increase tenfold by 2020 outnumbering fish in the ocean by 2050.

Several countries both in the developed and developing countries have already banned the use of plastic bags.

President Kenyatta Announces Ban On Single-Use Plastics Bags In Parks

Kenya made history by becoming one of the first countries to ban plastic bags in 2017 in a move The Guardian described as “the world’s toughest ban on plastic bags”.

In June this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a ban on the use of single-use plastics in protected areas in the country, which include; national parks, forests and beaches.

The ban on plastics, which was announced on World Environment Day, will become effective on 5th June 2020.



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