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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!

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September 27, 2022

Climate impact of
pyrolysis of waste
plastic packaging in
comparison with
reuse and mechanical
recycling

September 21, 2022

Single Use Plastics Directive Implementation Assessment Report

This report seeks to provide a thorough analysis of where EU Member States stand in their transposition of the SUP Directive and of their level of ambition in achieving the objectives of the SUP Directive and in addressing plastic pollution.

September 19, 2022

Letter to the REACH Committee welcoming EU Commission’s proposal to restrict intentionally-added microplastics

July 20, 2022

What the EU can do to reduce single use packaging and plastic pollution in food services?

While the EU has taken a first important step with the Single-Use Plastic Directive adopted in 2019, it now has the responsibility to tackle single use plastic packaging, and to involve different sectors, including the food service sector.

July 3, 2022

Position Paper: How EU legislation can tackle microplastic pollution

How can EU legislation tackle microplastics pollution? Read our position paper in which we urge the European Commission to consider effective measures to address this microplastics at source across all legislative proposals of the EU Green Deal.

April 5, 2022

We Choose Reuse: Setting Effective Reuse Targets

The European Union (EU) is about to revise its Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PWWD). This provides an opportunity to eliminate unnecessary packaging
and transition from single-use to reusable packaging, and hence significantly reduce resource use, waste and pollution. The fact that the current PPWD includes only
recycling targets creates an excessive focus on recycling, whereas upstream measures
should be given priority. Setting reuse targets in the PPWD is one of the tools the EU
can and should use to make reusable packaging the new norm.

April 4, 2022

What Is Reuse?

Citizens, municipalities and businesses across Europe are calling for reusable packaging to be scaled up and for robust reuse systems to be put in place. Even though the concept of reuse is high on the public agenda, it is sometimes used interchangeably with other concepts such as recycling. Here’s your guide to understand what reuse is and what it is not!

February 9, 2022

What the EU can do to support the grocery retail sector in reducing packaging and plastic pollution: Policy Briefing

The Break Free From Plastic movement, Environmental Investigation Agency and Rethink Plastic alliance present five plastic policy measures which they urge policy-makers to implement to help supermarket and others in the retail sector achieve stronger plastic pollution reduction.

February 4, 2022

How standards can unleash the power of harmonised containers and help curb plastic pollution – Infographic

To make reuse systems widespread, we will need harmonised rules, reusable containers… and standards will be key in the process. How would this work in practice? Together with ECOS and Break Free From Plastic, we have summarised this technical topic in a handy infographic.

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