France has decided to be the first country to ban disposable plastic cups and plates. The new law requires that by 2020 all disposable tableware has to be made from 50% of biologically-sourced materials, that can be composted at home. By 2025, this number will be 60%.
What does this mean for companies selling plastic cups and plates in France?
Since the demand for more degradable plastics is not common only for France, but also for some companies such as Ikea, companies will have to adapt to the market as soon as possible. Otherwise they will lose their competitiveness. As shown by various forecasts, 2020 will be a turning point.
If companies from the plastics industry want to stay in the game, they already should follow the market changes. They should invest in employees who will use their knowledge to develop products that market and customers want. Disposable (plastic) products will slowly be replaced by reusable products, that are friendly to our health and environment.
Connecting nature and people through technology
In both the private and business lives, people are becoming more aware of how their actions affect the environment. Due to climate change and pollution of the Earth more and more people and companies use their knowledge to develop technology that would more closely connect people and nature. Therefore, increasing emphasis is placed on the production of energy from renewable sources (generating electricity using Sun, wind and tides), the promotion of circular economy, re-use, etc.
Read French document: Energy Transition for green growth act.
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