The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report outlining the effect of plastics on the environment and climate, and examines their place in a European circular economy. The report looks at plastics production, consumption and trade, the environmental and climate impact of plastics during their life cycle, and explores the transition towards a circular plastics economy through pathways involving policymakers, industry, and consumers.
The report shows that the production, use, and trade of plastics continue to grow. The EEA point to three pathways to address the challenges posted by plastics, including smarter use, increased circularity, and the use of renewable raw materials.
Source: EEA, 28 January 2021