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27 June 2017

At a conference of the European Network of the Heads of Environment Protection Agencies (EPA),  Seas At Risk presented a plea for Europe to take a strong stand against plastic pollution in the upcoming Plastic Strategy.

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21 June 2017

Marine Litter was at the forefront of discussions at the UN Ocean Conference that ran from the 5th to the 9th June at the UN headquarters in New York.  Seas At Risk addressed solutions to the global threat, by co-hosting a side event and submitting a commitment on single use plastics.

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13 April 2017

Seven European environmental NGOs are challenging the European Council, Parliament and Commission to practice what they preach and implement greener public procurement in their own buildings by phasing out single use plastics.

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31 March 2017

Seas At Risk and six other NGOs, all part of the international Break Free From Plastic movement, have sent a letter to the heads of the three main European institutions calling on them to commit to making their buildings single use plastic free.

27 January 2017

This week, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on a set of amendments to waste legislation that is being revised to bring about a circular economy in Europe. Overall the amendments strengthened the initial Commission proposals.

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26 January 2017

The European Commission’s newly released Roadmap for the EU Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy fails to get to the root of the problem of plastics, according to the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Movement.

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01 June 2016

Brussels - Today saw the release of the European Parliament’s draft opinion on the Circular Economy. Authored by Italian Socialist MEP Simona Bonafè, it contains proposals that will be vital to tackling the EU’s contribution to the global marine litter crisis.

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23 May 2016

The Circular Economy Package has the potential to address our unsustainable production, consumption, and poor waste management and reduce marine litter. By reducing the production of waste, reducing consumption of single-use plastics, designing products to be repaired, durable, reused and if not, recycled into new products, and putting a consumer value on plastics through economic instruments they are less likely to be carelessly disposed of and end up in the oceans. This short briefing paper discusses the reasons why the Circular Economy Package is so vital for reducing marine litter, and lays out some essential elements that should be included in the legislative files.

01 May 2016

Brussels - Members of the European Parliament have sent their strongest message yet to the European Commission to address the issue of plastic microbeads in personal care products.

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02 December 2015

Brussels – today the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy package, including a commitment to continue to work on the EU headline marine litter reduction target, and to develop a strategy on plastics in the Circular Economy.

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12 November 2015

Brussels –SAR has sent a letter to the European Commission supporting the inclusion of a marine litter reduction target in the new Circular Economy Package.

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12 November 2015

A joint letter sent by Seas At Risk, Friends of the Earth Europe and the European Environment Bureau calling for the Commission to ensure that a headline target for reducing marine litter be included in the revised Circular Economy Action Plan.

 

28 October 2015

A number of conservation NGOs have cautiously welcomed a call by major industry association Cosmetics Europe to its 4,000 members to phase out the use of solid microplastic ingredients in wash-off cosmetic and personal care products.  

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02 July 2015

An EU level 50% marine litter reduction target for 2020, widely accepted as both  necessary and feasible, must be coupled with affordable measures to ensure its success. Retorna have been working over the last five years to show how a Deposit and Return System (DRS) for drinks containers is one of the best tools to help achieve this goal.

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29 April 2015

Brussels - Spanish waste NGO network Retorna has joined Seas At Risk as their 26th member organisation.

Retorna is a Spanish network of 17 NGOs, consumer and environmental groups, trade unions and recyclers that works to realise a zero waste future and to stop the flow of waste from our society into the Mediterranean. They believe that no waste should be landfilled, incinerated or end up in our forests, rivers or seas.

Spain has far to go if it is to achieve this goal. Only 15% of waste is recycled and barely 9% is composted. Of the 51 million beverage containers put on the market daily, 28 million are sent to landfill or incineration and four million disappear, usually into the environment as litter. In marine litter surveys they make up between 30 and 50%. As a result, Retorna is focused on creating and promoting deposit return schemes as the most efficient and sustainable solution to the problem. The platform also promotes beach clean-up operations and consumer educational projects through its website.

Seas At Risk looks forward to working together with Retorna in our fight against marine litter.

04 November 2014

Brussels - Seas At Risk has commemorated its 25th anniversary with a special marine litter policy event followed by a celebratory party at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels. 

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04 October 2014

Brussels, 4th November 2014: A policy seminar on marine litter and the circular economy. 

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02 July 2014

The European Commission has today issued a headline reduction target for marine litter in Europe as part of its Communication on a Circular Economy. We believe that this target is inadequate and will need to be significantly strengthened to really tackle the problem of waste entering our seas.

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14 April 2014

Seas At Risk has commissioned a new video to highlight the challenges faced to our seas and oceans by our throw-away society and endless consumption of plastic.

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