Call for EU rules on paper packaging

European study finds paper packaging can release primary aromatic amines, UV filters; European consumer organization BEUC calls for ‘strict’ EU-wide laws to ensure safety of food contact paper and board

ChemSec to host SIN List event

NGO plans full day event in Brussels to launch major update to Substitute It Now (SIN) List; new substances and substance categories to be added

U.S. lawmakers to propose sweeping waste bill

Outline of bill includes extending producer responsibility, introduction of nationwide deposit schemes, single-use plastic bans, 100% recyclable packaging requirement; public feedback accepted until August 21, 2019

Re-useable bamboo cups tested and criticized

German consumer organization finds high levels of melamine and formaldehyde migration from re-useable bamboo-based cups, condemns misleading labeling advertising them as recyclable and eco-friendly

OECD on policies for sustainable plastics design

Global forum discusses design of sustainable plastics from chemicals perspective within circular economy, publishes meeting report and working paper investigating policy approaches, identifying gaps and opportunities

Growth of bioplastics packaging

Market report estimates doubling of bioplastics market value to $8.8 billion in 2024, identifies main trends responsible for growth

The Intercept article on plastic waste

Article discusses growing use of plastics and calls into question the effectiveness of current and future recycling efforts, skeptical of recent brand and retailer efforts to adapt their uses of plastic packaging

EU Committee comments on EDC roadmap

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) submits opinion on ongoing review of EU rules for endocrine disruptors, calls for additional research funding, precautionary principle, consistent criteria across all regulatory fields

World Circular Economy Forum 2019

Conference in Helsinki, Finland focuses on discussing how to scale up transition to circular economy, includes session on plastics and circular bioeconomy

Recyclability evaluation protocol for HDPE

Protocol describes laboratory methods needed for determining recyclability of high density polyethylene (HDPE)