The ban on the production and sale of plastic cups, lids, disposable containers, tubes, balloon rods and confetti came into force in France on January 1 this year.
The country is expected to achieve a complete phase-out of disposable plastic products by 2024.
True, it is not yet clear how to replace it: the law did not deal with the issues of using analogs. In this regard, experts fear that alternative materials will create new problems, reports sfera.fm.
It should be noted that paper cups and plates that will be used instead of plastic ones cannot be called environmentally friendly: paper, aluminum and the same plastic are used for their manufacture. The multilayer nature of such dishes does not allow them to be recycled. In addition, for every 2,5 thousand paper cups, there is one dead tree.
Alternatively, consumers can go everywhere with their cups and buy take-away drinks.
In France, 150 plastic cups are thrown away every second (4,73 billion pieces a year).
More than 130 countries of the world are already regulating the circulation of disposable plastic. Among them are France, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and others. Russia will join them in the future.