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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!


May 6, 2024


With just one month until the EU elections, we appeal to you to make top political priority of the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution given the devastating impacts and growing intensity and frequency of climate-related events for ecosystems, health, economies, social justice and cohesion.
In the coming months, you have the momentous opportunity and responsibility to turn the tide.

April 18, 2024

NGO-Business Coalition supports the objection to the draft Implementing Act for the calculation of recycled plastic content in single-use plastic beverage bottles

We believe that the Commission’s draft in its current form would create an unlevel playing field between recycling technologies, keep consumers from taking sustainable purchasing decisions due to structural greenwashing and therefore contradict the objective of the SUPD to promote the transition to a circular economy.

April 9, 2024

A Plastic Pollution Free EU – Plastics and the EU elections

The EU elections will largely determine what guides EU politics and laws for the next five years. Even though plastic is driving some of the dominating issues of this election, there is a great danger that it will be pushed off the agenda – that’s rubbish! We need decisionmakers who will strive to reduce plastic production, support reuse, eliminate toxic chemicals, and deliver real solutions to the plastic pollution crisis to protect us and future generations.

April 9, 2024

Plastics’ injustice. A just transition to address an unjust pollution

Plastic proliferation and pollution fuel the triple planetary crisis: climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. They impact us all, but not equally; thus they exacerbate injustice.

April 9, 2024

Plastics And Climate. Carbon bombing through and through

Treating plastic waste is an energy-intensive process, creating 193 Mt CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year. That’s more than the annual emissions of two […]

April 9, 2024

Plastics and Nature entwined. How plastic pollution drives biodiversity loss

Plastic production, use and disposal fuels climate change and pollution, but it also drives biodiversity loss, on land and at sea, with a variety of ecosystems and species declining.

April 9, 2024

Resourcing A Material World. How the EU can fund real solutions

The production and consumption of plastics is a driver for natural resource depletion as it uses
extracted resources as a raw material, and mostly fossil feedstock.

April 9, 2024

Investment 101 for a Plastic Pollution-Free Future. How the EU can fund real solutions

Where the EU decides to allocate public investments can either fuel the plastic crisis and perpetuate the problem or contribute to solving it.

April 9, 2024

Plastic – The (in)Visible Pollution. Plastic pollutes more than what the human eye can see

Plastic pollution is not limited to the visible pollution from macroplastics such as packaging or fishing gear. There is also an invisible pollution associated with plastic

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