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France Is the First Country to Ban Plastic Cups, Plates, and Cutlery
By Yosola Olorunshola   |  Sep 20, 2019

The French government has passed a law that could revolutionize barbecues, picnics, and birthdays. Starting in 2020, most plastic cups, plates and cutlery will be totally banned. 

Introduced at the end of August (just as opportunities for al fresco dining began to fade away), the new policy outlaws disposable utensils in an attempt to build a more sustainable economy. The only exception will be for disposable items made from biodegradable substances. 

The decision follows the country’s total ban on plastic bags last year, in accordance with the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act which aims to transform France into “an exemplary nation in terms of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, diversifying its energy model and increasing the deployment of renewable energy sources.”

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