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In France, a ban on single-use plastic packaging for the sale of about 30 different fruits and vegetables went into effect on January 1, 2022. The restriction intends to deliver on legislation passed in February 2020 to combat waste and promote a circular economy. Forcing many businesses to now look into the use of cardboard packaging as an alternative.

On October 8, 2021, the government released a regulation outlining the ban’s execution in further detail. The decree established a phased implementation of the ban on single-use plastic packaging for about 30 types of fruits and vegetables, beginning January 1, 2022.

However, according to the decree, produce merchants will be able to sell this product in plastic wrapping for six months after the ban uses any leftover plastic packaging supplies. Furthermore, the ban on plastic packing will delay some types of products that pose a very high risk of harm when sold loose. 

What’s the solution for your business?

Many companies consider paper and cardboard to be quick solutions for achieving their plastic reduction goals. People love cardboard packaging that much; we are even presently suffering cardboard shortages since the demand for corrugated cardboard has exceeded the capacity of paper mills, owing to issues like Brexit and the pandemic. It has been dubbed ‘The quest for beige gold’. What better way to demonstrate the appeal of cardboard packaging than this?

Many businesses are moving to cardboard packaging because it is more ecologically friendly. It poses less of a hazard to the environment if it ends up in the ocean or rivers.

The pros of paper and cardboard packaging

So, is paper more environmentally friendly than plastic? The usage of cardboard packaging provides several advantages over its plastic counterpart. 

Here are a few examples:

  • Cardboard comes from sustainable wood pulp (which then processes into the paper) or recycled cardboard. Europe has a high recycling rate of 85.8%, whereas businesses usually discard plastic in landfills. 
  • Cardboard has an apparent environmental advantage over plastic since it is biodegradable and breaks down considerably faster.
  • One of the most appealing features of cardboard boxes is that customers can reuse them after purchase. Due to the corners are flexible and easily compressible when not in use.
  • Cardboard can readily be printed on, making it ideal for marketing, branding, and promotional purposes.

In recent months, a number of other European governments have declared similar bans as part of their obligations made at the last COP26 conference in Glasgow. As part of the “war on plastic,” Spain will also prohibit the sale of fruits and vegetables in plastic wrapping beginning in 2023, while the UK government has revealed plans to outlaw single-use plastic cutlery, plates, and polystyrene cups. 

It is predicted that the law will fully follow suit in the UK, having a huge knock-on effect for many industries. Corporations are already making the change to cardboard packaging ahead of time to prepare for such regulations.