26 October 2020

Call for tenders: Behind the labels of plastic products

ECOS seeks to commission a study exploring the use and meaning of labels used on plastic products worldwide. With this work, ECOS intends to assess the relevance, credibility, comparability, and the understanding among consumers of these labels and environmental claims.

Since the 1950’s, the consumption of plastics worldwide was multiplied by over than 200, reaching 359 million tonnes in 2018. Global plastic consumption is expected to be multiplied by 3 by 2050. As plastic consumption is increasing, so is plastic pollution. Plastics are widely used in single-use and short-term applications (single-use plastics account for around 40% of plastics produced), which exacerbated our throw-away culture and shed light on our incapacity to deal with plastic waste globally.

ECOS aims to commission a study enabling ECOS to debunk typical misleading and false claims found on plastic products, and make recommendations for an effective, trustworthy communication to consumers in order to better protect and empower them.

This study is intended to provide a contribution to the implementation of the European Commission’s CEAP, inform partners part of the ‘Break Free From Plastic’ movement and the Plastic Solutions Fund, and help ECOS to develop recommendations to product manufacturers.

Furthermore, the study will focus on fast-moving consumer goods, sporting labels, marking and claims directly targeting consumers and meant to influence their choices (for instance on the packaging of these products). The study will focus on the most widespread applications of plastics for consumer goods: packaging (accounting for 42% of plastics globally) and textiles (17,5%).

Tender preparation

Tenderers are requested to submit a proposal by 23:59 CET 28 November 2020 outlining:

  • A brief description of the tenderer’s understanding of the analysis demanded.
  • A description of the anticipated activities to achieve the desired analysis.
  • A description of how close coordination with ECOS will be ensured throughout the project.
  • A description of the proposed outputs, including a draft structure for the full report.
  • A detailed timeline on milestones and deadlines.
  • Budgeting for each element of the work.
  • Biographies and time availability of the key staff delivering the work, as well as their areas of
    expertise, as well as references if available.


The budget available for this work is maximum €16,500 (excl. VAT), and all other costs will be incurred by the subcontractor.

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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