Plastic Treaty – transparency requirement for chemicals constituents in plastic is a must

Despite the importance of addressing chemical contamination caused by plastic, information about chemicals in plastic is not disclosed. Lack of transparency for the chemical composition of plastics undermines plastic management to reduce pollution.

In this publication, HEJSupport, SSNC and groundWorkSA discuss the urgency of chemical information transparency in plastics and ways to address it within and outside the value chain and throughout the plastic lifecycle. We argue that disclosing chemical constituents in plastic contributes to plastic pollution reduction, resource efficiency via toxic-free circular economy and promotes the public right to know.

More than 70 NGO calling for transparency requirements in the plastic treaty

We are calling on governments to:

  • Include ambitious, binding and harmonized requirements for transparency of information on chemicals used in plastic production and in plastic materials and products in the text of the Plastic Treaty
  • Apply the right-to-know principle along the whole plastic lifecycle and make the information publicly available to everyone everywhere

Read the long paper “Global Plastics Treaty – transparency requirement for chemical constituents in plastic is a must

Read our submission to INC2 of the plastic treaty

The submission is also available on the UNEP INC website:

Watch a two-minute statement summarizing our INC2 submission