It seems like France has become the first country on Earth to place a ban on plastic cutlery, plates, and cups. A new law passed under the country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act outlawing the plastic eating utensils.
According to the Washington Post, the law aims to promote a “circular economy” of waste disposal, with the same law also banning the use of plastic bags in the country’s grocery stores in early July.
France’s president says that the ban is a part of a larger campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diversify the country’s energy model.
The law will go into effect in 2020, with the only exception being for disposable silverware that are biodegradable.