CNN:France To Ban Plastic Cups! Will This Trend Impact US Retailers?

This is intriguing – plastic cups, lids and straws are a problem in parts of the United States already.  Here in Sarasota, lids and straws are banned from the beaches as all too often they end up in the sand or the ocean.   Given that only a miniscule portion of plastic cups are recycled (just 1% according to article),  we could easily see this trend being adopted in many cities across the US!


“(CNN)France has become the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic cups and plates.

A new French law will require all disposable tableware to be made from 50% biologically-sourced materials that can be composted at home by January of 2020. That number will rise to 60% by January of 2025.
The measure is an addition to France’s “Energy Transition for Green Growth Act,” a wide-reaching law adopted last year with the aim of mitigating the impact of climate change.
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France hopes to become a world leader in environmental and energy solutions, catalyzed by the COP21 Climate Change conference held in Paris last December.
One hundred and fifty single-use cups are thrown away every second in the country — 4.73 billion per year, according to the French Association of Health and Environment, ASEF.
Only 1% of them is recycled, largely because they are made of a mixture of polypropylene and polystyrene.”
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