NGO letter to new EU Commission on chemical pollution

Group of 24 organizations call on incoming European Commission president to prioritize three zero pollution goals; highlight use of hazardous chemicals in food packaging, outdated EDC strategy, toxics in the circular economy

U.S. draft regulations take aim at packaging waste

Two draft bills from U.S. House representatives and senators focus on better managing packaging material waste and reducing marine pollution; current version of Senate bill introduces return deposit scheme, extended producer responsibility, bans

Glass recycling at 76% in the EU

European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) reports record rate of 76% recycling of glass packaging in 2017 in the EU

Global Commitment and Brand Audit reports 2019

New Plastics Economy progress report applauds steps taken by signatories, highlights reductions in virgin plastic use by corporations, new policies introduced by governments; reminds readers much still to be done by 2025; Break Free From Plastic publishes 2019 Brand Audit Report, calls on top brands to reduce single-use plastic items

ExeMPLaR webinar series on plastics

University of Exeter research hub to host monthly webinars focusing on aspects within Regional Plastics project; first webinar takes place October 8, 2019; all events to be recorded and made available to registered members

7th International Symposium on Food Packaging

ILSI Europe to host conference on November 18-20, 2020 in Barcelona; topics include advancement in analytical techniques, toxicity prediction, risk assessment, FCMs in circular economy; abstracts now being accepted for presentations

Coca-Cola bottle made of marine plastics

Company presents trial bottle with 25% of ‘recovered and recycled marine plastics’ content

Innovating business models for the circular economy

Strategic innovation agency Switchrs discusses the importance of innovating business models to transition towards a circular economy; reviews recent EU report on the plastics value chain

Initiative for a circular bio-based Europe

EU Commission publishes roadmap outlining proposed initiative for developing research partnerships; aims to drive innovation, value creation from waste and biomass; open for public comment until August 27, 2019

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