France will be banning plastic packaging for nearly all fruit and vegetables starting January 2022. In a bid to reduce plastic waste, France’s environment ministry published a list of around 30 fruits and vegetables which will be sold without plastic packaging starting January 1st. These include aubergines, round tomatoes, apples, bananas, oranges and leeks.
The ministry issued a statement expressing how 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.’
It is currently estimated that 37% of fruit and vegetables are sold with packaging, with the measure set to prevent more than one billion useless plastic packaging items per year. French fruit sellers federation Francois Roch stated however that switching to cardboard will be difficult in such a short amount of time.
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