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.

7 December 2016

A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts.

Substituting fossil-based products for plant-based ones is the core idea of the 'bioeconomy', which is promoted by the EU, governments and industry, with the promised benefit of reduced reliance on fossil fuels. However, this can come at a high environmental and social price. Friends of the Earth Europe outline their policy positions on the bioeconomy in this briefing.

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