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

Hazardous Chemicals in Plastic Packaging (HCPP) Project

The Food Packaging Forum 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.

Seattle to ban single-use plastic food utensils

City of Seattle enforces ban on disposable plastic straws and utensils at restaurants, promotes compostable and reusable alternatives

Why fish mistake plastic for food

New study provides evidence that fish eat plastic debris because it acquires the smell of their food when residing in the ocean

Ongoing efforts to prevent plastic pollution

Pacific island Vanuatu to ban single-use plastic bags and bottles to prevent ocean pollution; Press of Atlantic City calls on visitors and residents of New Jersey shoreline to reduce use of plastic convenience items

Public consultation on marine microplastic pollution

EU Commission launches public consultation on policy options to reduce microplastics entering the oceans; consultation open to all citizens until October 16, 2017

Microplastics in sea salt

Researchers find microplastic particles in commercial sea salts from different countries; human intake estimated to be low; more research needed to assess health risks