To truly tackle the problem of waste we need to address the problem of bad design, superfluous products, toxic plastics and over-consumption. Our ‘Products, Good Design & Plastics’ campaign seeks to prevent the creation of this waste and wasteful products in the first place.
In 2015, our campaign on these issues was developing and expanding, but nevertheless we were able to make a considerable impact and present policy influencing pieces at a number of key moments.
In May, we participated in the Stockholm Convention emphasising the problematic role that the European Union plays in international toxics negotiations. When the EU published new standards for three toxic flame retardant chemicals widely used in building insulation, upholstery and electronics (HBCD, PentaBDE, and OctaBDE), these chemicals listed in the UN Stockholm Convention for global elimination are dangerous endocrine (hormonal system) disruptors and present a threat to the safe recycling of products. In response to this standard, Zero Waste Europe together with Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), ChemTrust and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), called on the EU to ensure suitable precautions and compliance with chemical waste legislation to ensure that these chemicals are not found in toys or other such products