Campaign

It's time to Rethink Plastic

The Rethink Plastic alliance works with European decision-makers to design and deliver policies solutions for a future free from plastic pollution.
We call for urgent action in five key campaigns: plastic production reduction, redesign for prevention, non-toxicity and reuse, microplastics, waste management, clean material cycles and waste trade and the global plastics treaty.

Our campaigns

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    Plastic Production Reduction
    Just as the world begins to realize the dangers of pollution from plastics and take action to eliminate them, the industry is poised to invest billions in expanding plastic production. Over 99% of plastic is made from fossil fuels and petrochemicals, and the fossil fuel and plastic industries are deeply connected.

    Key policies

    EU-ETS revision • Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism • Regulation to reduce methane emissions • Industrial Emissions Directive • EU Taxonomy

    Main contacts

    Agnese Ruggiero, Carbon Market Watch
    [email protected]

    Tatiana Lujan, ClientEarth
    [email protected]

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    Redesign for prevention, non-toxicity and reuse
    Working towards the phase out of single-use plastic (SUP) items is key to reduce the overall volume of plastic pollution, both on land and in our ocean.

    Key policies

    EU-ETS revision • Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism • Regulation to reduce methane emissions • Industrial Emissions Directive • EU Taxonomy

    Main contacts

    Larissa Copello, Zero Waste Europe – [email protected] 

    Jean Pierre Schweitzer, European Environmental Bureau – [email protected] 

    Mathias Falkenberg, ECOS – [email protected]

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    Microplastics
    Microplastics – and the even smaller nanoplastics – are everywhere: in the environment, in the ocean, on land, and in our food , with a proven impact on both living organisms and ecosystems. Such pollution has to be stopped at the source and across all economic sectors before it turns into a worldwide health and environmental plague.

    Key policies

    REACH revision • Upcoming EU legislative proposal to reduce the impact of microplastic pollution on the environment • EU Drinking Water Directive Revision • Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive • Sewage Sludge Directive • Zero Pollution Action Plan • Chemical Strategy

    Main contacts

    Frédérique Mongodin, Seas at Risk – [email protected] 

    Tom Gammage, Environmental Investigation Agency – [email protected] 

    Helene Duguy, ClientEarth – [email protected] 

    Gaelle Haut, Surfrider Foundation Europe – [email protected] 

    Mathias Falkenberg, ECOS – [email protected]

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    Waste Management, Clean Material Cycles and Waste Trade
    If proper rules are adopted to better ship plastic waste within the EU while prohibiting the exports outside of its borders, the EU will send a strong message by putting an end to unsustainable and unfair practices.

    Key policies

    Waste Shipment Regulation • Basel Convention • Global Plastics Treaty

    Main contacts

    Lauren Weir, Environmental Investigation Agency – [email protected] 

    Theresa Mörsen, Zero Waste Europe – [email protected]

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    Global Plastics Treaty
    Preventing plastic pollution requires a Convention (Treaty) on Plastic Pollution that addresses the full lifecycle of plastics from upstream (production) and midstream (design) to downstream (waste management) stages. We need a Treaty that builds upon and complements existing EU initiatives while addressing the significant gaps that prevent us from eliminating plastic pollution.

    Key policies

    Global Plastics Treaty • Waste Shipment Regulation • Waste Shipment Regulation • Industrial Emissions Directive • Single Use Plastics Directive • REACH Microplastics Restriction • Port Reception Facilities Directive

    Main contacts

    Giulia Carlini, Center for International Environmental Law – [email protected]

    Jane Patton, Center for International Environmental Law – [email protected]

    Christina Dixon, Environmental Investigation Agency – [email protected]

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