Sustainable food contact materials in the European healthcare sector

In our latest publication, Sustainable food contact materials in the European healthcare sector, we have gathered information on the health and environmental risks of commonly used FCMs, including plastics, paper, board, and bio-based materials. We also assess the regulatory shortcomings that enable these risks, and provide recommendations for healthcare food services and policy makers to reduce them.

Lead Organization: Healthcare Without Harm

Author: Arianna Gamba, Dorota Napierska, Andreea Zotinca

Published on: June 2021


Moving on from Single Use Plastics: How is Europe Doing?

An Assessment of European countries' transposition of the Single Use Plastics Directive

Lead Organization: RPA & BFFP


Published on: June 2021


The Plastic Pandemic: Has COVID-19 shifted the media discourse on plastics in Southeast Asia?

While local governments in the region have implemented plastic bans in the last few years, the COVID-19 pandemic and its demand for personal protective equipment — which are often made from plastic — have reversed much of the progress on curbing plastic use. This study, which is a partnership between Climate Tracker and Break Free from Plastic, aimed to assess media coverage of plastics in Southeast Asia before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lead Organization: Climate Tracker, Break Free From Plastic

Author: Yvonne Tan, Ariel Adimahavira, Kadesiree Thossaphonpaisan, Đỗ Thuỳ Tran, Anna Patricia Valerio

Published on: June 2021



This report examines the current and emerging methods by which plastic waste is managed globally and questions whether any of them present a solution to the rapidly accelerating generation of plastic waste. The short answer is that recycling at the margins cannot provide a solution to plastic pollution when plastic production is set to grow exponentially.

Lead Organization: IPEN, International Pellet Watch

Author: Prof. Hideshige Takada, Lee Bell

Published on: June 2021


Good coffee, bad cup: How to curb ocean plastic pollution by switching to refill and reuse solutions

Danes use large quantities of single-use packaging for takeaway food and beverages. One of the most striking examples concerns single-use coffee cups. A survey carried out for Oceana by KantarGallup estimates that Danes use around 130 million singleuse cups each year for coffee alone. Single-use cups are one of the top ten items found littered in the Danish environment. They are typically made from plastic or plastic-lined cardboard and on average are used for around 15 minutes, after which they are discarded. Some of them end up polluting the environment, including the ocean. Oceana estimates that around 390,000 single-use coffee cups discarded in Denmark end up directly in the sea.

Lead Organization: Oceana

Author: KantarGallup

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Bio-fakes: the fraud of bio-plastics

The report looks into the two category of products commonly referred to as "bio-plastics" by the industry, namely bio-based plastics and so-called biodegradable and compostable plastics. It explores different impacts linked to these different products along their life cycle. It finally makes key policy proposals to advance towards Zero Waste, focused on prevention and reuse.

Lead Organization: Amigos dela Tierra (Friends of the Earth Spain)

Author: Amigos dela Tierra (Friends of the Earth Spain)

Published on: June 2021