“Au Revoir, Disposable Dinnerware”
Imagine packing up your family picnic basket and taking along compostable cups, forks and knives instead of single-use plasticware. In France, this could become the norm in less than four years!
Earlier this month, France introduced a nationwide ban on single-use plasticware as a way to reduce both environmental waste and energy consumption.
The plasticware ban will include:
- Single-use plastic forks, knives and spoons
- Plastic dishes and food boxes
- Plastic glasses and goblets
- Plastic cups, including those used in office coffee machines
Plastic bags have been banned in France since July of this year, but now the country is the world’s first to introduce a controversial wholesale ban on disposable plasticware.
Producers of plasticware have until 2020 to make the switch from plastic to cups, dishes and cutlery that must be made of 50% biologically sourced materials and can be composted at home.
Norwex Movement applauds this ban, especially in light of the fact that some experts fear there could be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Others, including an industry association representing Europe’s leading food-packaging manufacturers, claim the ban violates European Union laws regarding the free movement of goods.
- Inhabitat: French ban will outlaw all plastic utensils, cups and dishes by 2020
- AP: France to bid adieu to plastic dishes with controversial ban
- Movement Blog: More Plastic than Fish in the Sea by 2050
- Movement Blog: How to Make Your Next Picnic More Eco-Friendly
- CNN: France becomes first country to ban plastic cups and plates
- France Travel Tips: Perfect Places To Picnic In Paris