4 September 2018

Taxing plastics can help lead to a responsible use of the material by triggering the necessary reduction of both production and consumption, a new report finds. However, a plastic tax will only work if designed to influence producer and consumer behaviour, rather than raising revenue.

16 July 2018

With the process to develop European laws to cut plastic pollution in full swing, we are witnessing a big push for bio-based and biodegradable plastics as a supposed quick fix to our plastic crisis. This infographic explains why they are not. These so called "bioplastics" are not an excuse to keep using single-use plastics - prevention and reuse are the real solutions.

10 April 2018

A rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe's growing food waste problem, and in some cases may even be fueling it, according this study prepared by the Institute for European Environmental Policy for Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe.

The report is accompanied by a series of factsheets that clarify some of the problems with – and solutions to – plastic food packaging, covering:

17 November 2017

Friends of the Earth Europe, together with an alliance of European-wide civil society organisations, has sent an open letter to Environment Ministers from all EU Member States urging them to support more ambitious measures ahead of final negotiations on amendments to EU waste legislation. We call for binding reduction targets for marine litter and food waste, and higher recycling targets.

26 September 2017

Plastic is one of the fastest-growing pollutants in the world. However, real solutions already exist to the plastic pollution crisis. Ahead of its proposed Plastics Strategy, and together with the Rethink Plastic alliance, we're calling on the European Commission to show global leadership with an ambitious strategy and binding legislation.

10 July 2017

Rethink Plastic - a new European alliance to cut plastic use, of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a member - has sent an open letter to the European Commission calling on them to propose strong and harmonised EU legislation within the EU Strategy on Plastics – due to be published at the end of 2017. Copies of this letter have been sent to Vice-Presidents Timmermans and Katainen, and Environment Commissioner Vella.

4 July 2017

Amigos de la Tierra/Friends of the Earth Spain undertook this report which looks at the separate collection of biowaste in six different cities and municipalities in Spain. A survey of 40 questions was carried out, including demographic characteristics, amounts and types of collected biowaste, collection and treatment options used, costs, products sold and production process, emissions and carbon footprint information and jobs created.

19 January 2017

There is an increasing trend towards replacing conventional fossil-based plastics with "green-sounding" bioplastics. However, this paper shows that bioplastics do not solve many of the problems we are facing with plastic pollution and overconsumption and in fact cause new ones. The real issue at stake is the pressing need to reduce all plastic use. The EU must ensure that this is reflected in all potential policies and initiatives relevant to plastics and bioplastics.

20 October 2016

19 civil society organisations across Europe have signed a statement and launched an online petition regarding food waste. The statement was sent to key European decision-makers and highlights the need to drastically cut our food waste by introducing binding measures in EU waste legislation as part of the flagship circular economy package. 

11 October 2016

Eleven civil society organisations, including NGOs, think tanks and progressive business groups, have written a joint open letter to all 28 EU Environment Ministers, calling on them to adopt ambitious and binding recycling targets. The European Council is currently debating changes to EU waste laws, which were proposed in December 2015 by the European Commission as part of their Circular Economy Package. The legislative proposals on waste include setting common EU targets for recycling waste by 2030.

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