Opinion: Loopholes in proposed EU laws for single-use plastics

Rethink Plastic alliance of NGOs warns that definition of single-use items is ‘too narrow,’ allowing to avoid bans or reduction measures by marketing them as reusable; NGOs deliver petition to EU Parliament ahead of vote on single-use plastics regulation on October 22, 2018

Brand audits identify top polluters

Report by Greenpeace and Break Free From Plastic names 10 global companies whose products appear to be the biggest contributors to plastic pollution worldwide based on findings from beach cleanups and brand audits

Global plastic platform

United Nations launches global plastic platform to encourage collaboration and innovative solutions to help realizing countries’ commitments on plastics

Chemicals in plastic packaging listed as potential EDCs

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange adds 26 substances used in plastic packaging to its list of potential endocrine disrupting chemicals

California bans plastic straws

U.S. state California prohibits providing plastic straws in sit-down restaurants unless requested by customers; law takes effect January 1, 2019

EU Parliament supports plastics strategy

European Parliament votes to approve Commission’s plastics strategy, adopts resolution on hazardous chemicals and recycling

Push to fully ban PFASs in the U.S.

Hearing at U.S. Congress discusses safe levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water and possible ban on the chemicals’ manufacture and use

Increasing regulatory action on PFASs

C&EN article summarizes emerging U.S. regulations aimed at reducing and eliminating pollution and exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

Restrictions on plastic waste trade?

Proposed amendment to Basel Convention seeks to limit export of plastic waste to developing countries, help reduce plastic pollution crisis

New market research on single-use plastics

Financial institution Citi publishes report on risks and opportunities in single-use plastics, discusses alternative materials metal, glass, paper