France to ban plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables by January 2022
France has announced that it will ban the sale of unprocessed fruits and vegetables packaged in plastic from the 1st of January 2022.
January 2022 will also see the use of stickers on individual fruits and vegetables being banned, unless they have been made from paper or compostable materials. The rules will apply to all produce, including that from major suppliers like Spain and The Netherlands.
Read more about how France is taking action on disposable plastic products here.
This is encouraging news for human health and the environment – in addition to physical plastic pollution, plastic can also leech chemicals which can be hazardous to health and the environment. A large number of chemicals are used in the production of plastic materials, including a wide range of additives, for examples ones to soften plastic. Read more about the harmful chemicals that can be found in plastics.
The EU is now committing to ban hazardous chemicals from consumer products including food packaging. Read more on our policy site.
To find out more about how to reduce your exposure to hazardous chemicals in food packaging, check out our webpage.