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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 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.

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.

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.

February 21, 2023

Open letter from cosmetic brands supporting EU ban of intentionally-added microplastics

19 brands from the cosmetics industry including Naif, Weleda, the British Beauty Council and others are committed to formulating
and selling only microplastic-free products. They along with the Rethink Plastic alliance support a swift ban of
intentionally added microplastics from all cosmetic products.

November 29, 2022

Fifty shades of Ocean (plastic) Washing Briefing

A number of brands have oriented their marketing efforts towards the protection of the Ocean, and in particular towards protecting it from plastic pollution, which contributed to the emergence of “blue claims” and ocean or bluewashing, when these “blue claims” cannot be verified or have proven to be false, misleading or unsubstantiated. This Surfrider Europe & RPa paper is a review of the most widely-made claims on plastics and the ocean. It comes with a series of recommendations on how to best address oceanwashing.

November 10, 2022

Letter to the European Commission calling for reuse and prevention at the core of packaging law

Ahead of the proposal of the EU’s Packaging and Packaging Waste legislation, the Rethink Plastic alliance calls for reuse and prevention at the core of packaging law to achieve circularity,
decarbonisation and strategic independence.

November 3, 2022

A Just Transition to Reusable Packaging: Executive Summary

Executive Summary of “A Just Transition to Reusable Packaging: Necessary conditions, benefits and best practice”, which looks beyond the environmental benefits of reuse and explores the potential socio-economic benefits, with a focus on the grocery retail and HoReCa (Hotel, Restaurant, Cafés) sectors.

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