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

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

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