French ban on plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables begins

A new law banning plastic packaging on most fruits and vegetables came into effect in France on New Year’s Day.

Under this law, cucumbers, lemons, and oranges are among the 30 varieties to be banned from being wrapped in plastic. Larger packs would have to be chopped for this and processed fruit will be exempt from the law.

President Emmanuel Macron said the move is “a real revolution” and said it showed the country’s commitment to phase out single use plastics by 2040.

More than a third of the produce in France are thought to be sold in plastic wrapping, the French government believe that the ban could prevent billions of single use plastics used every year.

Several European countries have announced similar bans in recent months to pursue commitments made at the recent COP26 conference.

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