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IPEN's Toxic Plastics Campaign

IPEN is calling for an international plastics treaty to:

  • Ban the use of toxic chemical additives in plastics, identify essential uses of plastics, scale down all other production and phase out all non-circular plastics;
  • Apply extended producer responsibility programs to ensure industry bears the costs of plastics throughout their life cycle;
  • Require essential uses of plastics to be designed for durability and reuse;
  • Ensure end-of-life treatment of plastics waste does not release toxic chemicals, litter, or contribute to climate change, and bans waste export and incineration; and
  • Include funding for implementation and monitoring.

In the meantime, greater transparency on toxic chemical additives used in plastics is needed, along with data on the quantities of plastics made, traded, and disposed of.

Every stage of the life-cycle of plastic involves toxic chemicals, which threaten human health, the environment, biodiversity, and the climate.

IPEN’s work aims to reveal the toxic threats to health and the environment in each stage of plastics’ life-cycle in order to:

  • Curb the production of toxic oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals.
  • Eliminate and substitute the most toxic chemicals used in the production of plastic.
  • Strengthen global policies related to plastic waste controls and incineration.
  • Promote environmental justice.

IPEN research and projects reveal hazardous substances in all stages in the life-cycle of plastics

Plastics life cycle

IPEN Related Research and Resources on Toxic Plastics

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