France becomes the first country to ban plastic plates and cutlery | The Independent

This is an interesting article in the Independent. It reports that France has apparently become the first country in the world to ban plastic plates, cups and utensils, passing a law that will go into effect in 2020. Exceptions will be allowed for items made of compostable, biosourced materials. The new law is a part of the country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, the same legislation that also outlawed plastic bags in grocery stores and markets beginning in July.

Source: France becomes the first country to ban plastic plates and cutlery | The Independent

As a passionate environmentalist, I welcome this initiative.

Brexit could trigger crisis in care for older and disabled people | Society | The Guardian

This is a worrying article from the Guardian citing charities specializing in the issue. It reports that care sector’s reliance on European workers means it is vital they are given right to remain in any future arrangements.

Source: Brexit could trigger crisis in care for older and disabled people | Society | The Guardian

A worst case scenario is portrayed of a shortfall of 1 million care workers by 2035 – this factors in the enormous increase in the population of the elderly.

Thoughts?