European Bioplastics, a trade group that represents the bioplastics industry, has welcomed new French laws created to support bio-based, compostable plastics to some packaging, such as fruit and vegetable bags.
The French parliament this week adopted the law on energy transition and green growth proposed by Ségolène Royal, minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy.
European Bioplastics chairman François de Bie said: “We fully support the clear commitment to plastics which are biobased and biodegradable.”
Besides plans to reduce the share of nuclear power in the French energy mix, the law contains a wide range of legislative proposals, for example, on renewables (40 percent by 2030) and CO2 reduction (a 40 percent decrease by 2030).
Bioplastic lightweight bags for fruits and vegetables, for example, will need to be bio-based and compostable in home composting starting Jan. 1, 2017.
Furthermore, plastic packaging for commercial mail will have to be biodegradable/compostable in home composting in the same timeframe.
“France has taken a step forward to the responsible consumption of plastic materials and to treating waste as a valuable resource. Bioplastic materials will contribute their share to its environmentally responsible economic growth,” de Bie added.