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Au Revoir Plastic Cups—France to Ban Plastic Cups and Dishes

By Fredrica Syren:

France is once again proving to be a pioneer as a country by making changes that will benefit the planet. They already have banned plastic bags and food waste for grocery stores, and now have taken another positive green step as the first country to ban plastic cups and dishes.

The new law, which passed last month, requires that by January of 2020, 50% of the components in all single-use cups, plates and other dishware sold in the country be biologically sourced materials that can be composted. That ratio will rise to 60% by January of 2025. The effort is part of France’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act,  a law adopted last year with the goal of mitigating the impact of climate change.plastic-cups

Today, more than 4.7 billion plastic cups end up in landfills every year. Only one percent of these items are recycled, due largely to the fact that they are made of a mixture of polypropylene and polystyrene.

Of course, not everyone is happy with this new law; an industry association representing Europe’s leading food-packaging manufacturers, Pack2GoEurope, claims the law violates EU-Law for free movements of goods. This group is pushing the EU Commission to block the French law and is considering taking legal action against France.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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