- Symphony Environmental Technologies, a global specialist in products and technologies that 'make plastic smarter' has announced that, further to its statement on 15 March 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has been instructed by the European Commission to close the oxo-degradable plastics restriction process which commenced in December 2017 because the Commission thought that those plastics created microplastics.

This still leaves the EU Single-use Plastics Directive in draft, but it is now clear that there is no scientific dossier published by ECHA to support any restriction on such plastics in Europe.

Michael Laurier, Symphony's CEO said 'Microplastics are created by the disintegration of ordinary plastics, and they are very persistent. Oxo-biodegradable plastics like d2w are necessary, because they are for the time being the only way to prevent the accumulation of plastics and microplastics in the open environment.

'They do this by degrading much more quickly than ordinary plastic so that they can then be properly biodegraded and recycled back into nature by bacteria and fungi, and will not accumulate as a problem for future generations.'

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