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

  • Determining recycled content with the ‘mass balance approach’ – Joint NGO paper

    If the label on the bottle in your hand said it was made from recycled plastic, would you believe it? Depending on the method behind the claim, the bottle might contain little to no recycled content at all. This position paper highlights recommendations to ensure that the methodologies for determining recycled content are developed in a manner which contributes to a circular economy, in a broad range of sectors: from single-use packaging to vehicles from electronics to textiles.

  • 100% recycled? Only truthful claims will get people to trust recycled plastics

    The European Commission is developing a new method to calculate, verify and report on the share of recycled content in plastic products. If not done carefully, it could lead to massive greenwashing by manufacturers. We spell out the two main pitfalls EU officials must watch out for - and how to avoid them.

  • Call for tenders: Behind the labels of plastic products

    ECOS seeks to commission a study exploring the use and meaning of labels used on plastic products worldwide. With this work, ECOS intends to assess the relevance, credibility, comparability, and the understanding among consumers of these labels and environmental claims.

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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