MCS joins ​150​ ​organisations​ ​backing ​call​ ​to​ ​ban​ ​oxo-degradable​ ​plastic​ ​packaging | Marine Conservation Society

MCS joins ​150​ ​organisations​ ​backing ​call​ ​to​ ​ban​ ​oxo-degradable​ ​plastic​ ​packaging | Marine Conservation Society

Posted on November 1, 2020 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

Source: MCS joins ​150​ ​organisations​ ​backing ​call​ ​to​ ​ban​ ​oxo-degradable​ ​plastic​ ​packaging | Marine Conservation Society

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