Plastic materials contain thousands of hazardous substances. Toxic chemicals, included on purpose as additives or as unintentional contaminants, cause harm to human health and the environment, undermine recycling operations and circular economy, and contaminate the entire value chain.
To address this problem, all stakeholders need publicly available information about toxic ingredients in plastic materials and products throughout the lifecycle. Transparency of information has the potential to unlock national, regional, and global measures to control and reduce harmful substances.
Transparency of chemicals in plastics is a win-win situation for everyone: policymakers, consumers, businesses, recyclers, and the environment. Only with this precondition fulfilled, a safe and non-toxic circular economy is possible. NGOs are calling on countries to ensure the Plastic Treaty includes ambitious, binding and harmonized requirements for transparency of information on chemicals in plastics.
Signed by over 70 NGOs (globally)
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