NGO comments on REACH restriction of microplastic

Categories: Chemicals
Types: Response
Published: 19 August 2019
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The European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Clientearth and the European Environmental Citizen’s organisation for Standardisation (ECOS) support the dossier submitter’s conclusion, according to which the releases of intentionally used microplastics pose a risk to the environment that is not adequately controlled. We therefore reiterate our support to the need for a full restriction.

While we are encouraged to see that ECHA is considering both solubility and (bio)degradability as key elements of the criterion for potential for persistence in the environment, we strongly caution against the use of plastics that are already branded as so-called biodegradable…