14 September 2016

Press Release: Groundbreaking vision of a future free from plastic pollution


Today, ECOS is pleased to be one of the 90 NGOs (including 21 European) sharing a new, global vision of a future free from plastic pollution. In this vision, we present ten general principles that we believe are key to enable a transition away from plastics production, use and waste. This marks the first step in a global movement to change society’s perception and use of plastics. The full press can be read here

ECOS has long been active in standardisation work in the field of plastics, in particular in relation to terminology, test methods and specifications of plastics and plastics-based materials, as well as plastics recycling. We are also committed to key standardisation developments which should contribute to describing the conditions for the biodegradability and compostability of plastics packaging in different environments. These developments, which underpin the essential requirements of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, relate to harmonised descriptions of chemical composition, biodegradation conditions, disintegration capacity, ecotoxicity and quality of the resulting compost. We also look forward to further developments supporting the Directive on reducing the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags.

ECOS works to ensure that ambitious and realistic standards are set to improve the sustainability requirements of packaging including plastics packaging, taking account their full life-cycle, and focusing on real biodegradability, composting and recycling conditions. We argue for convergence and consistency between standardisation work and EU policy developments such as the upcoming EU plastics strategy and circular economy initiatives.

ECOS Director Laura Degallaix stated: “Alignment of NGOs across the world on the growing challenge of plastics pollution sends a strong signal to policy-makers and businesses. Ambitious and comprehensive policy measures for a plastics-free future are more needed than ever, alongside improved supporting standards”.

For more information about how to #BreakFreeFromPlastics, see the new global website: http://breakfreefromplastic.org/


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