Devin Windelspecht, Beyond Shopping Bags: France To Do Away With Disposable Plastic Dishware, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 5, October 2016, ( Abstract: There are nearly 5.25 trillion particles of plastic floating in our oceans, collectively weighing somewhere around 268,940 tons, according to a 2014 study published by the science journal PLOS ONE—and that's not counting the thousands of tons more that clog our landfills and pollute our groundwater, plastic that in some cases can take as long as 450 years to fully decompose. Luckily, the problem hasn't gone unnoticed. In an effort to reduce the plastic contamination of our natural world, many countries and US states have adopted rules that impose small fees and taxes for single-use plastic bags, one of the largest sources of plastic pollution. Still others have gone ahead and banned plastic bags completely. But one European country is taking efforts to reduce plastic pollution to a new, and somewhat controversial, level. According to a new law implemented by French legislatures in August, all disposable plastic dishware will be banned from sale in French stores by 2020. … Topics: Business; Climate Change; Environment; Sustainability