France Bans Plastic Cups and Utensils – Stupid Arguments Follow

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Packaging industry lobbies against environmentally safe product by arguing that people will be too stupid to use the trash.

In an effort to combat climate change, France just passed a law ensuring that all plastic cups, cutlery, and plates are made of biologically-sourced materials and can be easily composted.



The law, part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, goes into effect in 2020 and aims to increase France’s contribution to tackling climate change.

As one would expect, corporations in Europe are opposed to the measure and have voiced their concern in much the same way corporations and lobbyists in America do when regulations are proposed. The first line of defense if always to insult the intelligence of the average citizen.

Eamonn Bates, Secretary General of Brussels-based organization “Pack2Go Europe,” which represents the packaging industry in Europe, would like us to think that people are too stupid to know how to dispose of garbage.

“[The ban will] be understood by consumers to mean that it is OK to leave this packaging behind in the countryside after use because it’s easily bio-degradable in nature. That’s nonsense! It may even make the litter problem worse,” Bates said.



So, from Bates’ view point, if you make products that are safer and less harmful to the environment, the idiots buying these products will simply start throwing this stuff out all over the countryside.

It’s a lot like making that argument that climate change might hurt snow skiing, but it’s going to be great for the water skiing industry, which is precisely an argument that was made in 1990.

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