Green Matter: French MPs propose ban on oxo-biodegradable bags

A group of socialist MPs in the French National Assembly, the French lower house ,have called for a ban on plastic bags made of oxo-biodegradable plastics, saying they pose numerous problems for health and environment, as well as contravening the precautionary principle, which was written into the French constitution as article 5 of the Environmental Charter some 10 years ago.

Specifically, the article states, "When the occurrence of any damage, albeit unpredictable in the current state of scientific knowledge, may seriously and irreversibly harm the environment, public authorities shall, with due respect for the precautionary principle and the areas within their jurisdiction, ensure the implementation of procedures for risk assessment and the adoption of temporary measures commensurate with the risk involved in order to deal with the occurrence of such damage."

In other words, in principle, a temporary ban on the use of the bags could be imposed, while their risks are being investigated.

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