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:

Related news

  • Covid-19 prompts calls from plastics industry to delay measures tackling plastic pollution

    ECOS has joined environmental NGOs and the European Commission in dismissing any attempts at weakening and derailing the effective implementation of the SUP Directive.

  • Tethered caps standardisation request finally accepted

    The implementation of the tethered caps requirement for beverage containers under the Single Use Plastics Directive has been quite cumbersome for the European Commission.  After a first failed attempt at agreeing on the working mandate for standardisers, CEN now seems happy with the new version of the Standardisation Request presented by the European Commission for consultation at the end of March.

  • 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.

Contact person

Ioana Popescu
Senior Programme Manager+32 2 893 08 66

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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