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 […]
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’ […]
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. […]
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 […]
16 January 2018

The European Commission steps forward to reduce plastic pollution

The European Commission has stepped forward today to address plastic pollution with the release of its Strategy on Plastics in the Circular Economy, says the Rethink […]
25 September 2017

Cutting waste could boost EU furniture industry, new study finds

Improved refurbishment and remanufacture of discarded furniture can trigger up to 157,000 new jobs and save about 6 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in the EU, a new […]
30 May 2017

Measures to extend the lifetime of products should be compulsory not voluntary

EU circular economy policies should aim to extend the lifetime of products, the availability of repair services and spare parts, and improve consumer information and rights. […]
22 March 2017

New energy label must be introduced quickly to slash energy use and household bills

Changes to the energy label agreed between the European Commission, Council and Parliament must be introduced quickly so citizens can enjoy the long-awaited energy savings the […]
26 January 2017

European Commission plastics roadmap not leading anywhere

The European Commission’s newly released Roadmap for the EU Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy [1] fails to get to the root of the problem […]
3 October 2016

Fashionable cosmetics more important than health for European Chemicals Agency

ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, today recommended that EU companies are allowed to carry on using chromium trioxide in lipsticks and perfume caps and for other […]
14 June 2016

EP industry committee vote leaves consumers in the dark on energy labelling

The decision today (Tuesday) by the European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE) to keep customers confused by delaying the introduction of clear energy label rules is severely […]