30 Nov 2022

Communication on a policy framework for biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics

Biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics are emerging in our daily lives as alternatives to conventional (fossil based and non-biodegradable) plastics. They are used in packaging, consumer goods and textiles, and in other sectors.

Today’s Communication aims to improve the understanding around these materials and clarify where these plastics can bring genuine environmental benefits: under which conditions and in which applications. By doing this, it aims to guide citizens, public authorities and economic operators in their policy, purchasing or investment decisions.

A shared understanding across the EU on the production and use of these plastics will also prevent differences at national level and fragmentation of the market.

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