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Overview of the Plastics Treaty


Plastic pollution does not respect borders. It is in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and even in our bodies. A new binding legal instrument, covering the entire lifecycle of plastic, is required to tackle this planetary crisis.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

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Published on: February 2022

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Under wraps? What Europe’s supermarkets aren’t telling us about plastic


European supermarkets are very important actors when it comes to plastic: with a €2.4 trillion turnover, this sector has the resources to act, and public opinion polls consistently show that citizens firmly believe that retailers have a responsibility to address plastic pollution. This first-ever analysis of the role that European supermarkets play in addressing the plastic pollution crisis, shows disappointing results. It reveals that some of the biggest retail chains in Europe are only paying lip service to the problem, while behind the scenes they are trying to delay action and distract consumers and policymakers.

Lead Organization: Changing Markets Foundation

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What is Reuse


Citizens, municipalities and businesses across Europe are calling for reusable packaging to be scaled up and for robust reuse systems to be put in place. Even though the concept of reuse is high on the public agenda, it is sometimes used interchangeably with other concepts such as recycling. So what is reuse? Find out more in #WeChoooseReuse's guide to the reuse revolution!

Lead Organization: Zero Waste Europe

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Published on: April 2022

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Synthetics Anonymous


This report investigates the behaviour of some of the biggest fashion brands and retailers regarding their use of synthetic fibres and transparency about doing so. Our findings not only expose fashion brands’ heavy addiction to synthetics but also demonstrate rampant greenwashing across their voluntary commitments and products, with as much as 59% of green claims for the products we assessed being unsubstantiated or misleading.

Lead Organization: Changing Markets Foundation

Author: Changing Markets Foundation

Published on: June 2021

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The Perceptıon of Turkısh Socıety on Envıronmental Problems and Waste Import


Turkey’s plastic waste import issue is a problem that we have been working on for a long time. There is no study that measures the perception of society on this issue, which is mostly brought to the agenda with illegal waste dumping and incineration activities. Therefore, revealing society’s perception of waste imports will help decision-makers take these activities more seriously.

Lead Organization: Microplastic Research Group

Author: Dr. Sedat Gündoğdu

Published on: January 2022

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Safety first: recovering value from plastic waste in low- and middle-income countries


Tearfund commissioned Ed Cook from the University of Leeds to undertake an independent academic assessment of eight different approaches to recovering value from plastic waste – ranging from conventional recycling to incineration. They are assessed according to their impact on the environment; public and occupational health; and commercial prevalence and maturity. It also includes further assessment of the suitability of these approaches in low- and middle-income countries, including the risk that they may be operated below safety standards. The report was reviewed by Professors David Wilson and Linda Godfrey and Dr David Lerpiniere.

Lead Organization: Tear Fund

Author: Ed Cook, University of Leeds

Published on: January 2022

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