MCS joins 150 organisations backing call to ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging | Marine Conservation SocietyPosted on November 1, 2020 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, including carrier bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution, with claims that such plastics degrade into harmless residues ranging from a few months to several years.
However, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, has said there is significant evidence to suggest that oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead fragment into tiny pieces of plastic thereby contributing to microplastic pollution and posing a risk to the ocean and other ecosystems, potentially for decades to come.
We should be searching for ways to reduce our plastic usage and working towards a more sustainable circular economy instead of creating new ways of manufacturing single use plastic products.
Dr Sue Kinsey,
MCS Senior Pollution Policy Officer