Wide-ranging plastic packaging ban for fruit & vegetables set in France

Fruits in Plastic Containers

In a bid to reduce plastic waste, France will ban plastic packaging for nearly all fruit and vegetables beginning in January 2022. Implementing a February 2020 law, the government released a list of about 30 fruits and vegetables that have to be sold without plastic packaging. The list includes zucchinis, eggplants, tomatoes, and cucumbers, as well as apples, oranges and pears.

France’s government estimates 37% of all fruits and vegetables sold in the country have plastic packaging and it expects the measure will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic packaged items per year.

Cut fruits and a limited number of delicate fruits and vegetables -- such as peaches and red fruits -- can still be sold with plastic packaging but that will be phased out by end June 2026.