Single-use plastics directive coming into force

EU’s single-use plastics directive now published in the Official Journal of the EU

Canada to ban single-use plastics

Development of action plan announced for Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste; ban to focus on reducing plastic pollution, aims to begin by 2021 but details still to be finalized

Environmental fate of biodegradable bags

Plastic bags labeled as ‘biodegradable’ remain intact after 3 years in marine environment, scientists report; bioplastics industry criticizes study design, interpretation

Nordic declaration on ocean plastics

Environment and climate ministers of Nordic countries release declaration calling for ‘global agreement to combat marine plastic litter and microplastics’

New Plastics Economy: Global commitment report

New Plastics Economy initiative of Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches its first Global Commitment report detailing industry and government progress on tackling plastic pollution

Ubuntoo to connect changemakers

New digital platform Ubuntoo aims to promote innovative solutions to ending plastic pollution, seeks to connect ‘changemakers’ working on the issue around the world

Industry alliance on plastic waste

‘Alliance to End Plastic Waste’ to raise $1.5 billion in member commitments; help address plastic waste management in urban areas and rivers

Upcoming webinar on microplastics

Collaborative on Health and Environment to hold third webinar within series on the effects on plastics on health; registration now open

New website on plastics and health

Plastic Health Coalition sets to accelerate collection and communication of knowledge on plastics and their health effects

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