Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

A new European directive has considerably limited the use of disposable plastics, imposing other restrictions that may impact the design of these products. Sirris can help you!

Public and political concern on the impact of marine pollution by plastics is on the increase and actions are being implemented.

On the 27th of March 2019, the European Parliament approved the ambitious European Union (EU) directive prohibiting the vast majority of single-use plastic articles in member States. The law remains to be ratified by the EU Council of Ministers, yet this vote appears to be a simple formality. Measures will be effective as from 2021.

By 2021, the sale of cutlery, plates, straws, drink mixers, cotton bud sticks, balloon sticks for disposable domestic use will be prohibited, as will that of expanded polystyrene goblets and trays.

By 2029, 90% of plastic bottles used within the EU will require collection. Bottles sold in the EU will require to contain 25% of recycled material by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

This legislation includes other requirements. For example:

  • disposable plastic containers for drinks up to a volume of 3 litres will require to be designed so that the cap remains attached to the container when used;
  • suppliers of fishing gear and associated components will collect litter and eliminate it according to specific rules, no longer permitting fishing professionals to throw it back into the sea;
  • labelling on the negative environmental impact of certain products will be mandatory: cigarette filters, plastic cups, wet wipes, sanitary towels;
  • the polluter pays principle will be reinforced, with the notion of ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ (EPR) for certain articles.

Faced with these measures, designers and manufacturers of plastic articles will need to reconsider their choice of materials and their product design, in order to implement the necessary (or soon to be necessary) changes.

If this is the case for your company, Sirris can help you to design your products !