As of January 1, 2022, a large portion of France’s produce will no longer be sold in single-use plastic containers. The new law affects about 30 different fruits and vegetables eliminating an estimated 1 billion pieces of single-use plastic annually. France is taking a phased-in approach with additional fruits and vegetables being sold plastic-free in 2023 and 2024. Moving away from single-use plastic packaging will take time, but this is a big step towards a cleaner environment.
The packaging ban is part of a multi-year government program to phase out plastic. From 2021, France banned plastic straws, cups, and cutlery, as well as Styrofoam takeaway boxes.
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