Following lengthy debates, the French Energy Transition Bill was adopted by the French National Assembly on the 14th of October 2014, thus officially introducing a ban on disposable plastic bags from the 1st of January 2016. There was no significant opposition to this amendment, which only proves that action on the issue is long overdue.  Surfrider  had already welcomed this development when it was first announced in June. Another amendment, voted in the course of the meeting, is providing for a ban on disposable plastic dinnerware by 2020.  Plastics are definitely falling out of favour these days! PARIS IS TAKING THE LEAD! [caption id="attachment_14025" align="alignright" width="209"]

Small And Deadly: Plastic Microbeads In Your Cosmetics

Some of the products you are using on a daily basis such as exfoliants, shower gel, shaving cream, and facial cleansers may contain microbeads. While providing these products with their exfoliating properties, these beads are a massive destructive force in the environment. Measuring only a few micromilimeters in diameter, they drain away with the wastewater, pass unhindered through the sewage treatment plants, and end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans. From there, they enter the food chain… of which we are the last link. Surfrider has warned against this scourge before, sharing the excellent application ‘Beat the Microbead’. Today, the US State of Illinois, followed by California and New York, has decided to ban these plastic particles in cosmetic products. Australia could soon follow.

The Luno Wreckage: A Closed Case That Keeps Cropping Up

The Luno, a cargo ship which ran aground on the beaches of Anglet in February 2014, will have people talking until the very end. After three months in the yard, its dismantlement was completed in June, and the opened judicial inquiry was finally closed and filed with no further action taken, as ‘technical fault’ was found to be the only cause for the disaster. On the same day, a piece from the wreckage emerged, forcing the township of Anglet to cordon off the concerned beaches for safety reasons. Fortunately, the ship had been empty at the time of the disaster. Considering that its last cargo had been fertiliser, which is extremely polluting, one might say that this was ‘a stroke of luck’.