France to eliminate plastic packaging in fruits and vegetables in four years

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Plastic packaging remains prevalent across the world. But with the ongoing plastic crisis and other environmental concerns, several countries and organizations are taking steps towards a plastic-free future. 

France recently announced that they will ban the use of plastic packaging in fruits and vegetables within four years. About 37 percent of fruits and vegetables in France are sold in plastic packaging. The new measure is expected to eliminate more than a billion wrappings per year. 

The French government said that plastics will be phased out by 2026 to comply with the European Union’s goals of reducing the environmental impact of waste and promoting principles of a circular economy. 

France’s plastic-free movement is part of a broader plan that the country adopted in 2019. This 2021, the country banned plastic straws, cups, cutlery, and takeout boxes. Starting 2022, public spaces will be equipped with water fountains to reduce the use of plastic bottles and food chains will no longer be allowed to give out toys and gadgets made from plastic. 

If successful, France will progress towards a plastic-free and greener environment in the future. 

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