A new briefing by the civil society organisation Zero Waste Europe – ‘Marrying safety with sustainability in food packaging – Briefing for businesses’ – highlights that for food packaging to be sustainable, it must be safe, and that means making sure it’s free from harmful chemicals. The briefing states that while society is pushing for a … ZWE: Marrying Safety with Sustainability in Food Packaging – Briefing for Businesses
NGOs are questioning whether new EU legislation, which enables the use of recycled plastics in food contact materials (FCMs) with less regulatory scrutiny, can adequately protect consumers from exposure to hazardous chemicals.
For the past 5 years, ZWE’s Catalonian member Rezero has been campaigning on the dangers and harmful effects of plastics on human health (besides all the harm it does to our environment). This late March, they saw their ambitions become reality through the ban on food packaging chemicals in the Spanish Waste Law.
Since publishing the European Green Deal in December 2019, the EU is in a modus operandi for a systemic change. The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) adopted a year later, announced that it would help fight toxic chemicals and pollution that is detrimental to both human health and ecosystems. If it fulfills this promise – it will be remembered … Zero Waste Europe: How the EU chemicals strategy can help to make our food packaging toxic-free
Food packaging is a veritable minefield. There are so many different types of packaging: metals, paper, glass, plastic in all its many forms – and a whole other swathe of multi-material packaging. This includes the metal top of a glass beer bottle that contains a plastic (foamed polyethylene or plastisol) sealant, an aluminium fizzy drink … Zero Waste Europe: How to avoid chemicals in your food packaging
This policy briefing looks into the threat that FCMs poses both to human health and the environment, with a focus on food packaging, and highlights the opportunity for ambitious reform of the EU policy framework which would contribute to the transition towards safe, cost-efficient and reusable packaging that protects human health and guarantees a toxic-free … ZWE: Towards Safe Food Contact Materials in a Toxic-Free Circular Economy