Target: Ségolène Royal, French Minister for Ecology
Goal: Applaud France for phasing out the use of non-compostable disposable dishware by 2020.
France is the first country to introduce a total ban on plastic dishware. This ban will massively reduce waste in the country. The French Association of Health and Environment estimates that 150 single use cups are thrown away every second in the country. Only one percent of these are recycled.
Most of this needless waste ends up in landfills and oceans, killing wildlife and upsetting delicate ecosystems. This measure calls for all disposable food packaging to be made of at least 50 percent compostable materials by 2020 and 60 percent by 2025.
Pack2Go Europe, an organization fighting on behalf of European packing manufactures, is trying to fight this law on the grounds that it violates E.U. rules on the free movement of goods. France has been steadfast in keeping the ban in place despite this opposition.
Global warming is the most pressing issue the world faces today. France’s recent ban of the plastic bags and their hosting of the COP21 Climate Change conference shows a strong commitment to environmental and energy solutions. These are the kind of steps the world needs to take to combat the devastating effects of climate change.
France has become a leader in reducing waste, but it and the world still have a long way to go to reach the goals set forth in the COP21 Climate Change conference. Sign this petition to commend this plan to reduce waste and to ask that they continue to fight for progressive environmental solutions.
Dear Minister Royal,
France’s new law banning the use of disposable dishware is fantastic news. Moving away from plastics to bio-sourced materials for food packaging will greatly reduce the amount of waste produced by the nation. This measure is a huge step forward in the fight against climate change. France’s example shows the world that there are sustainable policies that can be enacted to combat climate change.
It is refreshing to see a country standing up against the corporate interests of groups like Pack2Go Europe. Many countries fail to enact laws restricting business at the expense of the best interests of their citizens.
I heartily commend your efforts in the fight against climate change. Thank you for helping to make your country a better place and for setting an example of progressive environmental policy.
[Your Name Here]
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