Plastic packaging of fruits and vegetables is banned in France on the first day of the year

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A ban has been imposed in France on New Year’s Day. Under the new law, plastic packaging on most fruits and vegetables has been banned.
The BBC reports that 30 types of food, including cucumbers, lemons and oranges, have been banned from being wrapped in plastic. However, discounts will be given for large quantities as well as cut or processed fruits.

French President Emmanuel Macho called the ban “a real revolution.” He said the move was part of a commitment by France to phase out disposable plastic products by 2040.

In France, one-third of fruits and vegetables are sold wrapped in plastic. Government officials estimate that this will reduce the use of 100 million disposable plastic products each year.

The Ministry of Environment has issued a statement announcing the new law. There, it is said, France uses ‘massive amounts’ of single-use plastics. The new ban aims to reduce the use of such plastic products and, as an alternative, increase the amount of other materials or recyclable packaging.

The ban is part of Makho’s multi-year project. In 2021, the country banned plastic pipes, cups and spoons, knives and disposable food boxes.

After 2022, it will be mandatory to install potable water taps in public places to reduce the use of plastic bottles. All types of publications will be shipped without plastic wrap. And fast food restaurants will not be able to offer free plastic toys.

Cherry, tomato, green bean and peach plastic wrap will not be sold in the country after June 2023, according to Reuters. And by the end of 2024, indie, asparagus, mushrooms and some salad and herb plastic wrappers will not be sold. And after 2026, raspberries, strawberries and other delicious berries will not be sold in plastic wrap.

Several other European countries have recently imposed similar sanctions. Earlier last month, Spain banned the sale of plastic wrapped fruits and vegetables from 2023.

Another year has passed. The new year has begun. In the last one week, various incidents have taken place all over the world. The fires in Colorado, the death of South Africa’s anti-apartheid archbishop Desmond Tutu, the floods in Brazil, the cyclone in the Philippines, and the inhumane way of life of Afghans are some of the images in this week.

A group of children and teenagers are walking towards the beach with a surfboard by the side of the house destroyed in the cyclone Rai. Siargao, Philippines

A group of children and teenagers are walking towards the beach with a surfboard by the side of the house destroyed in the cyclone Rai. Siargao, PhilippinesPhoto: AFP

The two brothers are going to fetch water from a distance of three kilometers from the house in a wheelbarrow. Afghanistan has experienced the worst water crisis in decades. Komar Kalag Village, Herat, Afghanistan
The two brothers are going to fetch water from a distance of three kilometers from the house in a wheelbarrow. Afghanistan has experienced the worst water crisis in decades. Komar Kalag Village, Herat, AfghanistanPhoto: AFP

An old man sits next to a brick before heading to a camp set up for displaced people. Once it was his home. Thousands of people were evicted from their homes in November without notice for the construction of the Nairobi Expressway. Nairobi, Kenya

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