Should the US ban single-use plastic cutlery? | The Tylt
Should the US ban single-use plastic cutlery?
France was throwing out more than four billion plastic cups annually. Many Europeans argue the ban should extend across the EU. It seems like a simple step we could take to fight climate change and decrease catastrophic plastic pollution to our oceans.
This commenter at the Washington Post expresses a viewpoint that undoubtedly many Americans would adopt: that the government would be overstepping its bounds by creating such a ban. To many Americans environmental legislation is just an imposition on their freedom.
In California, plastics manufacturers are spending huge sums trying to defeat statewide initiatives to ban plastic bags. Well-funded plastics manufacturers would undoubtedly battle laws like France's from state-to-state, and argue that such bans would harm business interests.