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Welcome to our library, where you can find the full range of infographics, reports,  position papers and videos on plastic pollution by the Rethink Plastic alliance and its member organisations. Browse our latest publications!


September 13, 2023

Disposable Paper-based Food Packaging. The false solution to the packaging waste crisis.

A new report by the Rethink Plastic Alliance, European Environmental Bureau, Zero Waste Europe, Fern and the Environmental Paper Network reveals the environmental harm caused by replacing single-use plastic with […]

fries in a cardboard box

August 24, 2023

Unveiling the Complexities: Exploring LCAs of Reusable Packaging in the TakeAway Sector

Heavily cited studies which favour single-use over reuse often lack transparency and have implicit biases against reuse due to funders’ interests, cherrypicked scenarios and false assumptions, according to a new report by Reloop and Zero Waste Europe.

food in plastic takeaway box

June 8, 2023

Open Letter calling for well-designed reuse systems in the PPWR revision

We, the signatories of this letter (civil society organisations and reuse businesses across Europe), are concerned that misinformation and intense lobbying from the single-use packaging industry and the take-away sector are undermining the need for reuse as a driver for waste prevention, resource conservation and climate protection in the
ackaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR).
The focus of decision-makers should remain firmly on the key objective of the PPWR,
which is reducing packaging waste and improving the environmental performance of this increasingly wasteful sector.

June 8, 2023

Fact sheet: Reusable Take-away Packaging

7 reasons why reusable take-away packaging is a sustainable alternative for climate protection and resource conservation.

plastic pellets

May 4, 2023

Tiny Plastic, Big Problem. Recommendations for Effective EU Plastic Pellet RegulationsTiny Plastic, Big Problem.

The exponential expansion of the production of raw plastic materials since 2005 has resulted in increased waste generation and over 170 trillion plastic particles in the world’s oceans. In response, the European Union (EU) should take all necessary steps to regulate plastic pellets across the plastic supply chain and effectively reduce the amount of pellets that end up in the

April 25, 2023

A Roadmap To Nowhere? Assessment of the EU’s bold plan to quit the most harmful chemicals

The EU’s bold plan to quit the most harmful chemicals is a year old. We assess its effectiveness.
A joint report by ClientEarth and the European Environmental Bureau, 25 April 2023.

plastic rubbish

April 18, 2023

EU rules on packaging: NGO perspectives on the urgent need to reduce paper packaging

This briefing focuses on non-governmental
organisations’ (NGOs) position on the recent
devastating increase in paper packaging.

March 2, 2023

Rethink Plastic alliance: feedback on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation proposal

The Rethink Plastic alliance welcomes the European Commission proposal for the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). Notably, we welcome the proposed waste prevention and reuse targets, as well as the strengthened measures for tackling packaging waste.
Ambitious waste prevention targets and well-designed reuse systems can bring significant environmental benefits including reducing emissions as well as resource, energy and chemicals use.

microplastics on blue screen

February 22, 2023

Letter to REACH Committee ahead of vote on intentionally-added microplastics

Ahead of the REACH Committee’s vote on intentionally added microplastics, the Rethink Plastic alliance urges the Committee to support a restriction that includes all microplastics including nanoplastics and all non-essential uses in its final scope.

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