19 October 2018

Electronic waste is an environmental time bomb, NGOs warn in new video

E-waste is estimated to reach a record high in 2018. Tech companies must be held accountable for profiteering from short product lifespans and a “throwaway” culture, […]
10 October 2018

Plastic producers could market single-use items as reusable to dodge EU ban

European Parliament must close loopholes, say campaigners Producers could simply market items like throwaway plastic cups as reusable, under changes to a draft EU ban on […]
13 September 2018

Biodegradable plastics will not solve plastic pollution, says the European Parliament

Biodegradable and compostable plastics do not prevent plastic pollution and should not be an excuse to keep consuming single-use plastics, the European Parliament recognised in a […]
12 September 2018

Get banned chemicals out of consumer products, Europe demands

Chemicals long-banned by the EU are still being blended into consumer products by recyclers. The problem must end, the European Parliament is expected to signal this week. […]
7 September 2018

Stand up for people’s Right to Repair

The time is right for EU policy-makers to take measures to ensure products placed on the market are designed to last and be repaired. Europe’s ‘take-make-use-throw’ […]
5 September 2018

Call for experts: EU Ecolabel

Deadline: 4 October 2018 The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC) are looking to extent their current network of technical experts in Ecolabelling to […]
23 August 2018

Lower energy bills as EU retires wasteful light bulbs

The imminent phase out of halogen light bulbs across the EU is set to deliver mammoth savings to consumers, according to Coolproducts campaigners and market experts. […]
10 July 2018

EU Parliament backs microplastic bans to tackle plastic pollution

The European Parliament’s environment committee today voted to strengthen the European Commission’s overall plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy. On behalf of […]
5 June 2018

European Chemicals Agency favouring microplastics industry opinion over scientific evidence of environmental damage

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has been favouring industry during its initial gathering of evidence on microplastics, prompting environmental organisations to remind ECHA not to overlook […]
31 May 2018

European Parliament sets path for better products for people and the environment

Manufacturers should place durable, repairable and recyclable products on the EU market in addition to making them energy efficient. This is the vision set by the European Parliament […]
28 May 2018

European Commission steps forward to cut down on single-use plastics – but it’s just the beginning

The European Commission has taken a leap forward in tackling plastic pollution, with new laws to reduce throwaway single-use plastics. Speaking on behalf of Rethink Plastic […]
18 April 2018

Beach artists take a spectacular stand against plastic pollution

Artists have created enormous etchings on beaches across Europe during April to protest against plastic pollution. Tagged with the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement hashtag, the works come in […]