Plastics & chemicals

99 per cent of plastics are made out of fossil fuels.

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Plastic production is a big climate problem affecting all of us. When we make and throw away plastic, it releases about two billion tonnes of greenhouse gases into the air, making it a major cause of climate change. Another surprising fact is that a whopping 99 per cent of all new plastic are made of things like oil and natural gas. That means most of the plastic we use daily is made from resources that won’t last forever. It’s a real wake-up call for all of us to think about our plastic use and find more sustainable alternatives. As we face the challenges of climate change, understanding how plastics contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and their heavy reliance on fossil fuels is essential.

Reference: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590332223002075

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Let’s not put the chemical crisis off to the next generation.

We call on policy makers in the EU to take action against toxic chemicals in our nature, air, water and bodies. We ask them to:

  • Fully implement the European Union’s promises on its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability to ensure a toxic-free Europe by 2030
  • A special focus must be to fix the outdated chemicals control law, REACH, to ensure the fast track banning of the most harmful chemicals in consumer products
  • Fully implement the European Union’s action plan to phase out PFAS, including support and facilitate the universal ban of PFAS as well as banning PFAS in sectoral legislations such as toys, cosmetics, packaging and food contact materials.
  • Aid communities affected by forever chemical pollution and ensure thorough monitoring, remediation, ground sanitation, health and other plans in response to their needs. Make polluting PFAS manufacturers and related companies accountable for these.

This petition is done together with several European environmental organisations.