ECOS actively participates in the development of policy and standards applying to microplastics. Our goal is to limit microplastics pollution and contribute to state-of-the art methodologies to assess microplastics emissions. Accurate measurement can help define ambitious regulatory limits to avoid microplastics in the environment. We advocate for a comprehensive policy framework to tackle microplastics emissions and contribute to standards for harmonised data collection and analytical methods to assess unintentional leakage of plastics including from tyres, plastic pellet loss and microfibers, as well as an EU-wide ban of intentionally added microplastics in products.

What we are working on

  • Advocate for a comprehensive policy framework and ambitious mandatory rules to reduce microplastic pollution;
  • Support the development of harmonised methods to quantify tyre abrasion, the shedding of microfibres from synthetic textiles and a harmonised set of best practices to minimise pellet loss throughout the supply chain to inform regulatory action to limit microplastics released into the environment —driving innovation towards more durable goods.
  • Assessment of the presence of microplastics in various environmental compartments: harmonised data collection to account for microplastics found in the environment is key to helping address microplastics pollution and set up ambitious regulatory limits.
  • Push for very ambitious technical criteria for biodegradable plastics to avoid unintentional microplastics pollution.


Related campaigns:

Rethink Plastic

Contact person

Valeria Botta
Programme Manager+32 2 893 08 64
Ioana Popescu
Senior Programme Manager+32 2 893 08 66

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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