Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In 2020 France plans to ban all plastic dishes

     Most people use plastic dishware every now and then, but those in France won’t be able to in a few short years. This ban means that all disposable utensils and dishes must be made of biological, instead of petroleum, based materials. France has a ban on plastic bags that started on July first and it hasn’t been very bad so far. Plastic bags have also been banned in parts of the U.S. such as: San Jose, New York City, and the entire state of Hawaii. This ban could possibly spread throughout the entire U.S. soon.Because of this ban companies have been forced to make alternatives to plastic. A few major companies that produce these plastic-like materials are the California based World Centric and the Michigan based Fabri-Kal. They have created plastic-like materials out of processed plant starch, bio-plastics, and paper. Bio-plastics aren’t always biodegradable, but they are still better for the environment than regular plastics. 

In my opinion, this will be a good thing as it will help the environment. A lot of the plastic waste ends up in the ocean and this can affect the sea life tremendously. The sea turtles think that plastic is food and choke on plastic items or get entangled in them; and, eventually, die if they don’t get help. A downside of having these new plastics is that they tend to be more expensive than the normal petroleum-based items. Another problem about this ban is that it says that the disposables must be compostable, or biodegradable, at home. This makes the companies work harder to make biodegradable plastic-like items.

-Emily Diamond

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/19/europe/france-bans-plastic-cups-plates/

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