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Supermarkets in France made to replace plastic with refill stations

Shops are worried it will leave a mess and affect brand marketing (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Shops in France are fighting against new green legislation which will make them replace plastic packaging with refill stations.

Retailers fear there will be ‘chaos’ as it may cause a mess in supermarkets, while manufacturers worry it will negatively affect marketing around brand names, The Times reports.

The environmental bill – which campaigners say to be one of the first of its kind in the world – forces supermarkets to devote one-fifth of its shelves to refills instead of plastic.

Customers will now have to bring their own containers to fill with commonly purchased items including rice, pasta, coffee, lentils and shampoo.

Retail journalist Olivier Dauvers told Le Monde: ‘If consumers . . . have to serve themselves pasta, it’s going to be chaos.’

Steve Hynd, policy manager at campaign group City to Sea, said there was no evidence that they caused mess.

‘This shift is going to happen and the more retailers resist, the more they will find themselves behind the curve,’ he said.

Franprix supermarkets are one of the first chains to make the move, as the bill is currently going through French Parliament for approval.

A picture taken on March 9, 2021 shows Panzani pastas on sell as loose products in the grocery area of a supermarket in Paris. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Customers will now have to bring their own containers to fill with commonly purchased items, like pasta (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

It comes after the Citizen’s Convention for Climate, made up of 150 randomly selected people, called for 50% of supermarket products to be sold without packaging by 2030.

President Emmanuel Macron has set the figure at 20%, which he hopes to enforce legally if the bill is passed.

Currently only 1% of items are sold without packaging in France.

France produced 2.1 million tonnes of plastic waste in 2017 – the last year the figures were calculated – out of 3.5 million tonnes in total.

Britain produced 2.2 million tonnes of plastic waste that year.

Metro.co.uk recently took an in-depth look into the effect the coronavirus pandemic has had on the environment.

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