MPs have voted to ban plastic bags by 2010!

The National Assembly unanimously voted, on Tuesday 11 October, an amendment banning the marketing of non-biodegradable plastic bags and packaging on the horizon 2010, taking the train of the reduction of the use of bags of cash, launched in France only a year ago.

With this amendment to the Agricultural Orientation Act, MEPs are mainly looking for new opportunities for farmers. Biodegradable bags - made half with cornstarch and one with a biodegradable (plastic) polymer - may in future come from other plant materials such as potato, hemp or tomato.

"This is very good news, especially if you use other materials than corn, too greedy for water"says Florence Couraud, director of the Independent National Waste Information Center, an environmental association.

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