France’s plastic revolution | earthrise

It is estimated that 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced annually, with at least eight million tonnes ending up in our oceans. Each piece of plastic will take hundreds of years to decompose, taking up space in landfills, poisoning bodies of water, land, and both marine and land-based animals alike. The European Union (EU) is allegedly working on a ban of all single-use plastics, including straws, takeaway cups, balloons, plates and even cotton buds, in order to tackle the issue of plastic-based waste. France has already embraced this ban, aiming to completely banish the production of these single-use plastics by 2020. “Here in France, we have approximately one to five billion [tonnes of plastic]. That’s huge,” says environmental campaigner Arash Derambarsh. “We passed a law in F

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