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France bans plastic bags

Kathy Kelly, Associate-Ottawa

France bans plastic bags: As of July 1st, most of the 17 billion lightweight plastic bags (12 billion for fruit and vegetables) used annually in France have been banned. An average plastic bag takes one second to make, is used for roughly 20 minutes and takes up to 400 years to degrade naturally. They have also legislation effective in 2020 banning plastic cutlery and cups. There is opposition from the plastic industry and others with a financial stake in this. Other than a small number of municipalities which ban plastic bags, Canada lags far behind in this regard. 


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