France Plans to Eliminate All Single-Use Plastics by 2040

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.[…]

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1 Response to France Plans to Eliminate All Single-Use Plastics by 2040

  1. That is a very laudable initiative. But as I see it, it is more the supermarkets than the end consumer that need convincing. In Danish supermarkets most fruit and vegetable is sold prepacked in plastic scowls with plastic wrapping. For the lose items, they offer small, thin plastic bags.
    In German supermarkets most articles are unpacked, and they offer paper bags made from recycled paper.
    Denmark is still very generous with plastic for food and drinks. They think because they recycle plastic, it is o.k. There isn’t any consciousness about the poisons and hormones in plastic.


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