‘Outrageous amount of single-use plastic’
With an estimated 37% of fruit and vegetables currently sold with packaging in the country, the ban will have a huge impact on the amount of plastic used.
Encouragingly, the French government is expecting the plastic ban to remove over one billion ‘unnecessary plastic packages’ from use each year.
In a statement, the ministry said: “We use an outrageous amount of single-use plastic in our daily lives. The circular economy law aims at cutting back the use of throwaway plastic and boost its substitution by other materials or reusable and recyclable packaging.”
However, French fruit sellers federation president Francois Roch has raised concerns over the difficulties of switching to cardboard.
“Also, selling loose produce is complicated as many customers touch the fruit and people do not want their fruit to be touched by other customers,” she said.
France plastic ban
The plastic bag ban for fruits and vegetables in France is part of a larger scheme to reduce the country’s plastic waste,
In 2021, France banned single-use plastics such as straws and plastic utensils as part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth.
The ambitious plan aims to allow France to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate change.
Following the latest ban, France is aiming to completely ban plastic packaging in produce. Instead, plastic will be replaced with cardboard or items will be sold loose.
Morrisons supermarket recently became the first supermarket in the UK to remove plastic packaging from its bananas. According to the supermarket, the ban will remove a staggering 45 million single-use plastic bags a year.
Worryingly, a recent study estimated that around eight million metric tons of plastic waste enters the oceans from land each year.
It is imperative that governments take action to ban single-use plastic in an attempt to tackle environmental concerns before it’s too late.
Ditching straws is great, but we must stop eating fish if we want to save the ocean.