“Half the fun of an al fresco lunch is the challenge of steadying a slice of quiche, three sausage rolls, and a squashed crisp sandwich on a precariously balanced plastic plate, all while inexpertly stabbing at a rogue cherry tomato with a disposable spork. But plastic cutlery and Solo cups of warm Chardonnay could soon be a distant memory for picnickers in France.” (https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/france-just-banned-plastic-cups-and-cutlery)
In March 2016, France implemented a nation-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. In September of the same year, France further implemented a nation-wide ban on single-use cups, plates, knives, and forks. Manufacturers have up to the year 2020 to comply with the law. However, the ban does not affect reusable or biodegradable plastics.
In my opinion, the ban on these commonly used items are rather incredible. Can you imagine holding a BBQ and not being able to serve those delicious chicken wings on convenient plastic plates? Or being unable to pour your coke into a plastic cup? How troublesome would it be to bring non-disposable cutleries to a outdoor social event? On a more daily basis, can you imagine the inability to ‘tabao’ (takeaway) food because you do not have a reusable container with you?
To be frank, us humans have been ‘spoilt rotten’. If our grandfathers could live their lives without plastic cutleries, why couldn’t we? As much as I hope that France’s experiment would be a success,there’s just a nagging feeling within me that they may have been too idealistic and naive….
Part II of this post will further explain why this plastic ban may be unfeasible.