ECOS works to cut our global plastic footprint and ensure clean material loops in a circular plastics economy by engaging in standards and related policy developments. We contribute to policy developments related to plastics in order to push for an absolute reduction of our plastic footprint. We believe that plastic products should be clean and circular by design, and that they can be recycled into new products. We also help develop test methods, criteria and regulatory targets to dramatically reduce microplastics emissions into the environment. As standards shape the essential part of the European and global markets for plastics, ECOS also contributes to standardisation workin order to foster net environmental benefits. The more robust and ambitious the standards in the plastics field, the better the overall environmental performance of plastics and the lower the overall pollution level of the sector.
ECOS is looking for experts in the field of Plastics Recycling to represent and defend environmental interests in the development of standards and related policies. Our experts provide us with technical and scientific input and represent ECOS in standardisation processes and multi-stakeholder discussions.
ECOS is advocating for strong standards to set clear definitions and test methods based on real-life conditions for compostable and biodegradable plastics. Without robust methods, consumers may be misled into buying harmful products.
On 1 September, representatives from EU member states formally approved the legal means to tether caps and lids to plastic bottles of up to three litres. It is the official starting signal for a two to three-year process in CEN to develop a standard that will allow the caps and lids requirement of the Single-Use Plastics Directive to be effective from day one.