MPs voted to ban plastic bags by 2010!

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

With this amendment to the law of agricultural orientation, the deputies seek above all to find new outlets for farmers. Biodegradable bags - half made with corn starch and the other half with biodegradable (plastic) polymer - could in the future come from other plant materials such as potatoes, hemp or tomatoes.

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

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