Focus on plastic pollution

As microplastics are increasingly found in waters, lands and organisms, governments, businesses and institutions take action on single-use plastics

Current opinion on micro- and nanoplastics

Thematic journal issue on micro- and nanoplastics addresses sources, fate, human health and environmental effects, sampling methods, research needs

EU Commission’s plastics plan: Challenges ahead

News outlet Euractiv publishes special report on packaging and environment; featured articles and interviews address circular economy and plastics strategy unveiled by the EU Commission

Standard methods for measuring microplastics needed

New study by Danish Environmental Protection Agency highlights need for standardized analytical methods to capture small and large microplastic particles

Definition of nanoplastics

Scientists propose defining nanoplastics as unintentionally produced particles sized between 1 to 1000 nm and exhibiting colloidal behavior, discuss future research needs

ECHA prepares oxo- and microplastics restrictions

ECHA drafts restriction proposals for oxo-degradable plastics and microplastics to support European Commission’s plastics strategy

EU plastics strategy published

European Commission adopts EU-wide strategy for plastics in the circular economy, aims to make all plastic packaging recyclable, reduce single-use plastics, ban intentional microplastics

Public consultation on marine litter and single-use plastics

EU Commission seeks feedback regarding actions on single-use plastics to reduce marine litter; consultation open until February 12, 2018

Microplastics in mineral water

Scientists detect microplastics in mineral waters packed in plastic bottles, glass bottles, beverage cartons; highest content found in carbonated water from refillable plastic bottles; packaging is one possible contamination source

Call to ban oxo-degradable plastics

Statement from Ellen MacArthur Foundation calls for global ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging; signatories include major businesses, trade associations, NGOs, scientists and government representatives