Substitution analysis for plastic packaging

Life cycle assessment study commissioned by American Chemistry Council finds packaging plastics to have more favorable environmental profile than alternatives made of glass, metal, paper, textile, wood

Microplastics in aquatic environment

Microplastics2018 conference addresses sources, fate, effects of microplastics in waste water and aquatic ecosystems

BfR: More research and data on microplastics needed

German risk assessment institute responds to Austrian stool study in communication addressing health risks from ingesting microplastics

The complexity of plastics recycling

Article by EcoWatch outlines some of the challenges in recycling plastics, deems recycling no simple solution to plastic pollution

UK to tax plastic packaging

UK government plans introducing tax on all plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content by April 2022

Global commitment to tackle plastic pollution

Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiates New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to stop plastic pollution at source; 290+ organizations pledge to eliminate, innovate, circulate plastic packaging

EU Parliament adopts single-use plastics rules

EU Parliament adopts report on EU Commission’s proposal for regulation of certain single-use plastic articles contributing to marine litter

EU Parliament debates single-use plastics

EU Parliament debates directive on reducing marine litter from plastics, including restrictions for specific single-use plastic products; final vote scheduled for October 24, 2018

EEB conference 2018

European Environmental Bureau holds annuals conference on November 5, 2018; toxic chemicals and circular economy to be discussed; registration now open

Microplastics in food-grade salts

New study finds microplastics in 90% of tested salt brands worldwide; microplastic contamination of sea salts correlates with plastic pollution in surrounding seawater