Let Them Eat With Plastic: Industry Goes Nuts Over New Ban in France
By 2020, France will have become the first nation to ban plastic plates, cups and utensils as part of the country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act (ETGG).
The ETGG outlawed plastic bags used in groceries and food markets, and now that same legislation is being used to promote a “circular economy” where everything is recycled “from product design” to end use at the consumer level.
Plastic manufacturers are complaining about this new law, claiming that biodegradable wares do not so well with hot food and drink; and making these items are too costly for the company.
Corporations like Pack2Go Europe are threatening to challenge this new ban on plastic eatery. Eamonn Bates, secretary general for Pack2Go told the press : “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.”
Bates also said there is no evidence that bio-disposable utensils are more environmentally safe when compared to plastic; and declared that plastic replacements were not actually compostable.
The world’s problem with plastic has become a nuisance for our oceans. Back in 2014, researchers from the Five Gryres Institute (FGI) have published a study showing that the staggering amount of plastic in our oceans has risen to unprecedented levels.
Thanks to microplastics, the toxicity levels in our oceans are estimated to be 100 times what is assumed.
These tiny pieces of plastic are sometimes invisible to the naked eye, or as big as a few millimeters and are wreaking havoc on our oceans.
With the assistance of trade winds and gyres, microplastic is shuffled through oceans, get into the marine life through ingestion and raise the morality rate of fish and marine mammals while posing a health risk to humans consuming the fish.
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