A Circular Economy to End Plastic Pollution – Sustainable Production and Consumption

Plastics Europe supports the objectives of the UN and national governments to end plastic pollution by 2040. We believe that the zero draft misses the opportunity to foster a Circular Economy.

The listed options heavily emphasize the reduction of primary plastics production, while the circular economy approach takes a backseat. We call for an international agreement that incorporates the following 3 essential principles: plastic circularity, an application-based approach, and robust monitoring and governance mechanisms. Our vision aligns with the UNEP report’s recommendations for a systematic shift towards reusing, recycling, and diversifying plastic use while also addressing pollution issues.