PolyTalk 2018

PlasticsEurope holds 2018 PolyTalk, a stakeholder forum to discuss plastics, on April 26-27, 2018 in Malta

Microplastics in bottled water

New study finds microplastic particles in popular bottled water brands, detects on average 10 larger-sized microplastic particles and over 300 smaller-sized, likely also plastic particles per liter; WHO to launch review of health risks

Opinion: Don’t undervalue plastics

UK MEP cautious about drastic measures to eliminate plastics use, highlights benefits of plastic packaging to ensure food safety and reduce food waste, calls for increased recycling and innovation to tackle plastic waste

Supermarkets with ‘plastic-free’ aisles

Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza opens food and drink aisle without plastic packaging in one of its stores; compostable biomaterials, glass, metal, cardboard used as alternatives to conventional plastics

ECHA collects information for microplastics restriction

ECHA opens call for evidence on possible restriction of intentionally added microplastics; call open until May 11, 2018; informational webinar to be held on March 12, 2018

Report: Chemicals for a sustainable future

New report by European Environment Agency discusses future developments needed to attain sustainable chemistry

Plastic straws to be banned

UK Environment Secretary pushes for ban on plastics straws; EU Commission’s vice-president says EU law on single-use plastics expected before summer 2018

Focus on plastic pollution

As microplastics are increasingly found in waters, lands and organisms, governments, businesses and institutions take action on single-use plastics

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