[CNN/20 September]

France became the first country to ban disposable cups and plates. All disposable tableware will be made from 50% biologically sourced materials that can be composted at home by 2020. France wanted to become a world leader in environmental and energy solutions. 4.73 billion cups are thrown away each year in the country according to the French Association of Health and Environment. Pack2GoEurope said that it violated EU laws on the free movement of goods. There was debate within scientific and manufacturing sectors as to whether the energy required to produce environmentally-friendly plastics was greener than the alternatives. French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal, aimed to cut landfill waste in half by 2025. France imposed a total ban on supermarket plastic bags. Bangladesh was the first nation to ban plastic bags in 2002.