Hazardous chemicals in different materials

Swedish Chemicals Agency to map hazardous substances in rubber, silicone, paper and board, targeting chemicals of concern not yet regulated in the EU

Testing drinking water for microplastics

Danish Environmental Protection Agency to measure microplastics in drinking water; study to be completed by early 2018

Proceedings of PET recycling workshop

Petcore Europe held workshop on recycling of PET thermoforms on September 19, 2017 in Brussels; workshop presentations now available

Degradable plastics and recycling

Plastics Recyclers Europe and European Bioplastics address impacts of degradable plastics on quality of recycled film; call for separate collection

Focus on ‘BPA-free’ products

Article discusses common BPA substitutes and whether products labeled ‘BPA-free’ are safer

“Zero-waste” stores gaining popularity

Reuters article discusses “zero-waste” concept stores and consumer lifestyle aiming to prevent packaging waste and food waste

U.S.: 7 plastics exempted from phthalates testing

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission frees 7 plastic materials from testing for phthalates in children’s products because they are unlikely to contain the substances

Next amendment to EU plastic FCM regulation

EU Commission to publish next amendment to plastic FCM regulation in December 2017; 4 new substances to be added to Union List, one substance entry to be updated

FPF kicks off new research project

MAVA Foundation funds FPF-led research project; focus on human and environmental health, socio-economic impact and substitution of hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging; multi-partner collaboration involving academics and NGOs from Europe, US

Research project

FPF is leading a multi-partner research project on “Hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging: State of the art, prioritization, and assessment.” The project runs from 2017 until 2019.