2500 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower, or 21 million tons, of waste are produced by the French every year

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Reception on an athletics field West of Seoul, Gyeonggy Province, South Korea (37°34¹ N ¬ 126°53¹ E).© Yann Arthus-Bertrand

When summer arrives and the picnic season begins, disposable dishes make a comeback. Plastic cups, plates and cutlery add to the wrapping which already accounts for 32% of our rubbish. This single-use packaging may be practical but it has a serious impact on the environment: 4% of the world’s oil production is used to make plastic. This non-recycled plastic will take an average of 500 years to biodegrade in nature. A large amount of this plastic waste will soil our seas: there are between 10 and 100 objects floating on each km2 of the Channel. Using reusable or biodegradable utensils would minimise resources and pollution. And using your good old cutlery will save you money. Even if throwing things away is inevitable, preventing the production of superfluous waste can relieve nature so grab that Tupperware!

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