Parisian Living Following France’s single use plastic ban, paper straws are becoming a common sight at ‘apéros’ (parties) across Paris. As the environmental effects of a changing climate become harder to ignore, conscious citizens of the world are asking themselves how they can make a difference. Whether it be by altering the way we shop, eat, travel, or reduce waste in our daily lives, we can all have an impact in limiting the adverse effects of climate change. While efforts on an individual level are crucial, those that are put into effect on a national level are even more encouraging. After establishing itself as a front-runner in the quest to reduce pollution, France is now extending their plastic ban to be even more comprehensive. Top image: Stephanie Mccabe. Above image: Danielle Macinnes France first banned lightweight plastic bags, then become the first country in the world to ban plastic cups and plates in 2016. As part of its Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, France’s plastic ban will now includes straws, coffee stirrers, cotton buds, and other single-use items that use plastic in their design. The ban will take effect on January 1, 2020, though supermarket chains Carrefour and […]


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