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NGOs Position for an Impactful Restriction of Microplastics


The Commission has requested ECHA to prepare a proposal to restrict intentionally used microplastics as part of the actions for curbing plastic waste and littering of the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. Members of #breakfreefromplastic are deeply concerned with the potentially very broad proposed derogations regarding allegedly biodegradable microplastics and unduly long transitional periods, as they will considerably undermine the capacity of the restriction to achieve its objective.

Lead Organization: European Environmental Bureau (EEB), ClientEarth, ReThink Plastic, Break Free From Plastic Members

Author: European Environmental Bureau (EEB), ClientEarth, ReThink Plastic, Break Free From Plastic Members

Published on: November 2019

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The Environmental & Economic Cost of Single-Use Menstrual Products, Baby Nappies & Wet Wipes


This is a pioneer study which aims to analyse the impacts of single-use menstrual products, baby nappies and wet wipes as well as measures to prevent or minimise them. This report is the first of its kind at the European level, and goes beyond the limits to single-use items analysing the benefits of reusable products across a range of factors.

Lead Organization: Zero Waste Europe, ReZero

Author: Alba Cabrera, Rosa Garcia

Published on: November 2019

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Stemming the Plastic Flood: Increasing restrictions and prohibitions on Single-use Plastics (SUPs) Worldwide


This report described 36 national laws, and a sampling of regional, state or provincial legislation and local ordinances. This by no means a complete listing of all initiatives to cut the production, use and disposal of single-use plastics.

Lead Organization: Break Free From Plastic

Author: Beau Baconguis

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Plastic Industry Awareness of the Ocean Plastics Problem


Plastics Industry Awareness of the Ocean Plastics Problem is the third in an ongoing series, Fueling Plastics, that examines the links between plastics and fossil fuels.

Lead Organization: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Author: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

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How Fracked Gas, Cheap Oil, and Unburnable Coal are Driving the Plastics Boom


How Fracked Gas, Cheap Oil, and Unburnable Coal are Driving the Plastics Boom is the second in an ongoing series, Fueling Plastics, that examines the links between plastics and fossil fuels.

Lead Organization: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Author: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

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Reusable Solutions: How governments can help stop single-use plastic pollution


This report outlines how the linear production, disposal and pollution of single-use plastics can become a thing of the past by facilitating the rise of modern-day, smart reusable systems that preserve our finite resources, and protect our natural environments.

Lead Organization: ReThink Plastic

Author: Simon Miller, Meadhbh Bolger, Larissa Copello

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