National Geographic’s packaging challenge

“Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge” to reward innovations in food packaging, focus on using easily recycled materials without additives; submissions due June 2019

Updated report on microplastics

Researchers at University of Gothenburg publish report on microplastics in the environment; examine occurrence, presence in food chain, toxicity effects, risk assessment

Webinar on microplastics now available online

Recording of Collaborative on Health and Environment’s recent webinar on microplastics now available online for streaming

Proposed restriction on microplastics

ECHA proposes restriction on microplastic particles intentionally added to mixtures across consumer and professional products

Restriction proposal on microplastics

ECHA notifies of intent to prepare restriction dossier for intentionally added microplastics in all consumer and professional products

Report on risk of microplastics

Scientists conclude no widespread risk currently posed by micro and nanoplastics; note limited evidence, measurement difficulty, and potential change with ongoing pollution

Global strategy on plastic pollution

United Nation Environmental Assembly (UNEA) discusses marine plastic litter and microplastics; over 90 international organizations endorse strategy to fight plastic pollution

Regulation of single-use plastics

UN Environment releases report on global ‘regulatory landscape’ for single-use plastics and microplastics in 192 countries, calls for more consolidation in policies worldwide

ECHA: Microplastics likely end up in soil and freshwater

ECHA’s risk assessment finds intentionally added microplastics more likely to accumulate in terrestrial and freshwater environments than in oceans

Safety of microplastic in bottled water

Literature-based risk assessment of microplastic in bottled mineral water finds no safety concerns for consumers from particles or small chemicals therein