Plastics

Plastics

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.

What we are working on

  • Promote upstream solutions such as prevention and re-use, as well as the environmentally sound design of plastic products to achieve absolute cuts in virgin plastic consumption and use.
  • Advocate to ensure an overall reduction of the environmental pollution of the plastics sector throughout the supply chain, including the mitigation of microplastics emissions.
  • Contribute to guidelines for plastic waste management and specifications for plastics recyclates.
  • Work towards more ambitious criteria for plastic products intended to biodegrade in certain environments.
  • Rethink Plastic alliance: The European branch of the global “Break Free from Plastic” movement fighting against plastic use and pollution. More on: rethinkplasticalliance.eu

Related news

  • CALL FOR EXPERTS – Plastics

    ECOS is looking for experts to support the implementation of the Single Use Plastics directive as well as other European policies relevant to plastics.

  • New factsheet – discover our work on plastic pellets!

    In the EU alone, 167 000 tonnes of plastic pellets enter the environment every year, making it the second largest source of primary microplastic pollution after tyre wear and tear. The good news is, this can easily be prevented. How? Read our one-pager and find out!

  • CALL FOR EXPERTS – Circular Economy & Plastics

    ECOS is looking for experts in the field of Circular Economy & plastics to represent and defend environmental interests in the development of standards. Our experts provide us with technical and scientific input and represent us in technical standardisation and policy discussions.

Contact person

Ioana Popescu
Senior Programme Manager+32 2 893 08 66 ioana.popescu@ecostandard.org

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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