Chemical Recycling and Mass Balance explained
Chemical recycling is the term given to a group of technologies that can convert mixed and/or contaminated plastic waste back into ‘virgin-like’ raw materials. This means that chemical recycling can produce recycled plastics from hard-to-recycle waste that are highly suitable for complex end-applications, such as food contact and medical, or for safety-critical applications (such as […]
Industry’s reaction to the End-of-Life Vehicle proposal
Faster systemic change is essential, across all industrial value chains, including automotive, to meet the EU’s 2050 climate and circularity goals. That is why Plastics Europe welcomes today’s End-of-Life Vehicles proposal and the high level of ambition shown by the European Commission. Today’s proposal is an important step in the right direction for the automotive […]
Recommendations on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR)
The PPWR proposal could serve as a catalyst to transform the plastics packaging industry by ensuring recyclability, increasing the uptake of circular plastics and kick-starting reuse in many packaging applications. To this end, the legislation should create the positive investment climate to incentivise the European plastics system to continue its sustainability transition. 2. Promoting the […]
The Global Plastics Treaty
Our goal is to end plastic pollution by 2040 through a circular economy where all plastic applications are reused, recycled, and responsibly managed during and after use while enabling a lower greenhouse gas emissions plastic economy. While plastics have had a history of innovation, particularly in supporting areas like healthcare and food preservation, pollution from […]
Industry’s reaction to the EC’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) proposal
“The PPWR proposal contains many positive elements and could be a catalyst for transforming the plastics packaging industry through ensuring the recyclability of all plastics packaging, increasing recycled content targets and kick-starting reuse in many packaging applications.”
Voices from Changemakers
The ‘Plastics Shape the Future’ showcase at K Fair demonstrated how plastics are crucial for enabling a sustainable future. It revealed the fascinating developments in place today – and highlighted the innovations to come.
The comprehensive independent report – “ReShaping Plastics: Pathways to a Circular, Climate Neutral Plastics System in Europe” – calls for faster systemic change towards circularity and net zero carbon emissions Commissioned by Plastics Europe, this independent report developed by SYSTEMIQ aimed to critically evaluate current progress and assess the potential of different levers to help […]
Watch Video and Highlight Reel: Economist Impact Sustainability Week Insight Hour sponsored by Plastics Europe
Reshaping Plastics: Building Resilience, Circularity and Climate Neutrality | Broadcast on 22 November 2022 Plastics are by nature carbon-based materials, where various sources can provide the carbon. Historically, fossil-based resources have been the main carbon sources to make plastics. What is fundamental is that plastics are produced sustainably, and that it allows other industries to […]
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Plastics production continued to rise in Q3 2021 despite a decline in EU27 manufacturing production
Event summary report – Plastics and circularity: closing the plastics loop, December 9th 2021
Marco ten Bruggencate, Dow’s Commercial VP for EMEA, becomes new President of Plastics Europe
The second edition of the “Circular Economy for Plastics” report is now available
Plastics Europe: enabling a sustainable future
Plastics Europe is a leading European trade association, with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris.
We network with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, who are responsible for producing more than 90% of all polymers across the 27 member states of the European Union, plus Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and UK. On a global level, Plastics Europe actively supports the World Plastics Council (WPC) and the Global Plastics Alliance (GPA).