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Should the US ban single-use plastic cutlery?

As part of their climate change efforts, France just passed new legislation that requires all plastic plates and cutlery to be biodegradable by 2020. Many believe America, the world's second biggest polluter after China, needs to follow France's lead. European packaging manufacturers plan to fight the new law in court. No doubt American plastics manufacturers would invoke states' rights if the U.S. were to attempt such a ban. What do you think? Scroll down to vote!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Plenty of Americans would love to see the US implement more environmental legislation, and serve the needs of the planet rather than the demands of the plastic and packaging industry.

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