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France to ban plastic wrapped produce by 2026 – what you need to know



In a move to safeguard the environment from harmful waste, France is banning plastic packaging from fruits and veggies from January 2022.

Plastic will be phased out in France

French consumers will see 30 fruits and vegetables that are usually wrapped, sold without plastic from January 1 next year.

Leeks, Aubergines, round tomatoes, apples, bananas and oranges are among the foods on the list.

“We use an outrageous amount of single-use plastic in our daily lives,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The circular economy law aims at cutting back the use of throwaway plastic and boost its substitution by other materials or reusable and recyclable packaging.”

Around 37 percent of produce is sold with packaging, with this new measure expected to cut more than one billion plastic packages annually.

The law was first published on the 11 February 2020 by the official French Gazette.

It will only apply to products that weigh less than 1.5kg and have a slow deterioration rate.

Branding stickers will also be banned under the new law, except those that are manufactured with compostable materials or are recyclable.

Mixed views

While most consumers and farmers support protecting the environment, many are concerned that the removal of wrapping from some products will deplete the product’s preservation and presentation.

French fruit sellers federation president Francois Roch said switching to cardboard will be difficult and removing plastic may pose a health risk.

“Selling loose produce is complicated as many customers touch the fruit and people do not want their fruit to be touched by other customers.”

Farmers and fresh produce stockists have a five year grace period, before non-biodegradable wrapping from all fruits and vegetables are banned for good.

The law doesn’t only apply to French producers but to all farmers selling their products in France.

Here’s the timeline

By mid-2023, plastic wrapping will be removed from cherry tomatoes, green beans and peaches.

Endives, asparagus, mushrooms, some salads, herbs and cherries will also move to biodegradable packaging by 2024.

Raspberries, strawberries and other delicate berries will be seen safely packaged in plastic containers until mid 2026, six months before plastic is phased out for good.

The ban to unsustainable packaging on fresh produce is just one step of a multi-stage government program to phase out plastic waste.

It’s now illegal to stock plastic straws, cups and cutlery, as well as styrofoam takeaway products.

In even tougher restrictions, French companies and services must provide water fountains to reduce plastic bottles and must ship publications without wrapping.

In time, restaurants will also no longer be allowed to offer throwaway cutlery and free plastic toys.

Written by Rebecca Borg


When will Australia’s PM commit to net-zero?



Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with US President Biden standing with coal

COP-26 climate summit is just days away, but Australia’s PM Scott Morrison is yet to cement the nation’s net-zero targets

A decision expected by the week’s end

Morrison says there are still a lot of things to work through and the impacts of the world’s response to climate change will inevitably have an impact on regional and rural Australians.

Morrison promises residents can trust his government to “do the right thing” and do what it needs to do to achieve the desired climate change response whilst also protecting jobs and people’s livelihoods.

The PM is committed to embracing new technologies to move towards a more sustainable economy, keeping industries forging ahead.

We spoke to Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young earlier today and asked what she expects the federal government’s net-zero plan will be.

Meanwhile, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the world is in a climate catastrophe and we need to act.

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Leaders convene for the ‘Global Race To Zero Summit’ | ticker VIEWS



As the global climate conversation heats up, leader’s prepare to convene in a month of historical talks

On Ticker News this week, Holly Stearnes and Scott Hamilton spoke with the Chief Executive of the Smart Energy Council, John Grimes. We delve into the Global Race To Zero Summit on 20-21 October.

The virtual summit will host thirty climate action leaders from around the world, giving all global perspectives. 

Climate change conversation

Global warming and climate change has been an ongoing conversation for world leaders for decades. However, it’s not until now that the conversation has reached a boiling point.

The climate scientists have said there is no more time, no more political debates, serious action needs to be taken now.

In Australia, Former Prime Minister John Howard committed Australia to put a trading emissions trading scheme.

 ‘Stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases will be difficult, but not impossible. We do not have to sacrifice our economic prosperity to tackle the problem.”

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard

“I will also be announcing a ‘cap and trade emissions trading system that will help Australia substantially lower our domestic greenhouse gas emissions at the lowest cost.” 

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard

“Sadly, Australia and leaders around the world failed to heed these warnings. Global greenhouse emissions have continued to sky-rocket and we are now experiencing the existential threat of dangerous climate change.”

– Scott Hamilton, Ticker CLIMATE

However, as long as the climate debate has continued, there are always two sides to the argument. The things that are most damaging to our planet, also financially and economically support thousands of people and livelihoods.

Climate Wars

As the COP-26 climate event approaches at a rapid pace, Australian lawmakers are struggling to reach an agreement over net-zero targets. The Nationals have continued to withhold their support for a net-zero plan.

As the world transitions away from coal, Australia seems reluctant to consider a future without it. Country coal towns and the Australian economy rely heavily on the coal industry. However, it is crucial that Australia now paves its way in a new direction.

The coal industry gives thousands of Australians jobs, but when the rest of the world moves away from coal, Australia’s exporting opportunities will no longer be there.

That’s why it’s essential to create a plan, so people are not left in dead-end industries and we’re in line with the rest of the world in tackling climate change.

John Grimes is the Chief Executive of the Smart Energy Council, the independent, not-for-profit body for the Australian smart energy industry thinks the Morrison will be dragged “kicking and screaming” to committing to net-zero target by 2050 at the upcoming COP26 in Glasgow.

“That’s [net-zero by 2050] is the bare minimum.”

– John Grimes, CEO, Smart Energy Council

Global Race To Zero Summit

This will be one of the biggest virtual climate events in 2021.

The Summit will explore the opportunities that emerge from taking action on climate change and provide a clear pathway forward for governments, citizens, and companies.

Taking place just 10 days before the G20 meeting in Rome, on 30-31 of October, and in the lead up to the critical COP26 meeting in Glasgow from 31 October–12 November, this event will be instrumental in influencing ambitious global action.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend first Earthshot Prize awards



The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among a number of high-profile individuals who attended the very first Earth shot Prize awards ceremony

Started by Prince William, the idea behind the event is to celebrate those who are trying to save the planet from global warming.

There will be five winners in total, with each person receiving a grant of 1-million-pounds.

Other stars including Emma Watson, Emma Thompson and Mo Salah are handing out awards.

Meanwhile, celebrities were asked to refrain from flying from the event, and guests were asked to “consider the environment” when choosing an outfit.

The Earthshot prize is a nod to the “Moonshot” ambition of America, whereby John F Kennedy wanted to send a man to the moon within a decade.

Climate activist, Sir David Attenborough is also a council member for Earthshot and gave his remarks

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