30 fruits and vegetables freed from plastic wrapping in France

30 fruits and vegetables freed from plastic wrapping in France

By Lucy Jones  January 11th, 2022

The country estimates the ban will remove 1 billion pieces of single-use plastic packaging from circulation per year.


The French government has put and end to what it calls the "aberration" of plastic wrapped fruit and vegetables including carrots, apples and perhaps most criminally, the fruit that already comes pre-wrapped — the humble banana.

France's ban on plastic wrapped fruit and vegetables came into effect on New Year's Day, removing unnecessary plastic packaging from supermarket shelves across the country.

With 37 per cent of fruit and veg sold in plastic packaging in France in 2021, the ban is expected to remove 1 billion pieces of plastic from circulation every year.

The ban is part of the country's commitment to gradually phase out all single-use plastics by 2040. It outlaws plastic wrapping on many of your favourite fruit and veggies including: cucumbers, capsicums, zucchinis, eggplants, leeks, bananas, pears, oranges, kiwis and much more.

While there are some exemptions to the ban, French president Emmanuel Macron has called it "a real revolution" in the fight against single-use plastics.

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Lucy Jones

Lucy started her career working as a writer and editor in print and digital publishing. She went on to create content for Australia's leading sustainable fashion platform while completing her Master of Cultural Studies. Lucy spends her downtime at the beach, crocheting and hanging out with her cat Larry. She believes words can change the world and is stoked to help Planet Ark spread the message of positive environmental change.

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