By Emma Taggart on January 22, 2020
If you’re eco-conscious, you’re probably avoiding buying single use plastics. However, plastic items such as straws, drinking bottles, and food wrappers can sometimes be unavoidable in places such as restaurants and supermarkets. That’s why many countries around the world are deciding to ban or restrict the use of single use plastic altogether, taking the choice out of consumers’ hands. One country to do so is France, who recently launched its plan to eliminate all single-use plastics by 2040.
The ambitious plan is part of a larger EU-wide decision to ban many single-use plastic items by 2021. In France, phase one began on January 1, 2020, with the government already banning the use of 3 common single-use plastic products: plates, cups, and cotton buds. Next year, items including disposable cutlery, plastic takeout lids, confetti, drink stirrers, foam containers, plastic straws, and produce packaging will all be forbidden. Vendors will legally have to allow customers to use their own containers, and there will even be penalties for those who use excessive plastic packaging.[…]