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Transitioning Europe towards zero waste and a circular economy requires transforming our society. To achieve this bold vision, stakeholders and citizens need to be empowered with accessible and powerful information in order to become change agents in their communities.

 

Zero Waste Europe has been at the forefront of Europe’s transition to zero waste and circular economy since its creation in 2013. During this time, we have created resources in order to help accelerate the transition towards a zero waste Europe, which you can find in our online library, designed with you in mind.

 

Whether you are a decision-maker after policy briefings outlining the negative impacts of waste incineration, an entrepreneur searching for the latest case studies on zero waste business models, an activist looking for a guide on separate collection of waste or a journalist looking for fact-sheets on the benefits of zero waste – our library is for you.

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Shit got real! It’s time to clear out plastic & chemicals from nappies, not just the poo

In the context of #ReusableNappyWeek 2021, we throw the spotlight on baby nappies by exposing the impacts related to the production and consumption of conventional single-use baby nappies; showcasing the reusable solutions and their benefits; and demanding policy change at the European, national and local level.

 

Available in English

Waste Shipment Regulation revision

One third of reported plastic packaging recycling is actually shipped outside of the European Union! Exporting waste externalises the problem, placing the burden on other countries. The revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation offers an opportunity for change! Read our recommendations.

Available in English.

Reducing packaging waste: choose prevention and reuse

Together with the University of Utrecht and Reloop we released a report highlighting that reusable packaging produces far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts. Read our policy recommendations to reduce packaging waste and to build efficiently reusable systems.

Available in English

Infographic: Reusable VS single-use packaging – A review of environmental impact

Together with the University of Utrecht and Reloop we released a report highlighting that reusable packaging produces far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts. Read the report’s key findings in our infographic.

Available in English & Hungarian

Executive summary: Reusable VS single-use packaging – A review of environmental impact

Together with the University of Utrecht and Reloop we released a report highlighting that reusable packaging produces far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts. Download the executive summary and read the report at bit.ly/reusable-packaging

Available in English

Reusable VS single-use packaging: a review of environmental impact

Together with the University of Utrecht and Reloop we released a report highlighting that reusable packaging – such as bottles, crates, jars, and others – produces far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts.

Available in English

Dare to imagine a better future…starting with plastic!

Thanks to the words of our Executive Director, Joan Marc Simon – who recently wrote the book “It’s Plastic, Stupid!” – Zero Waste Europe released a booklet which takes you “ back to the future”, describing our world in 2040. A world where circularity is fully implemented and zero waste is a reality.

Available in English

Reusable Solutions: how governments can help stop single-use plastic production

Rethink Plastic alliance report detailing reusable solutions to help governments put a stop to single-use plastic pollution.

Available in English

Research paper on a European tax on plastics

Environmental taxes are economic instruments aimed at affecting behaviour of industries, consumers, and resource managers through market systems. They can be combined with other market-based instruments such as subsidies, deposit-refund systems, resource pricing schemes or with other types of instruments, such as voluntary agreements or traditional command and control measures.

Download the full research paper to find out more.

Available in English

Letter to the Members of the European Parliament: cut single-use plastic!

Alongside Rethink Plastic & #breakfreefromplastic, we called on the European Parliament to be at the vanguard of tackling plastic pollution and vote to close the tap of single-use plastic. Read our joint letter!

Available in: English

The price is right… or is it? The case for taxing plastics

An ambitious set of taxes designed to influence both producer and consumer behaviour can help Europe curb plastic pollution by encouraging both plastic reduction and greater recycling. ZWE & the Rethink Plastic alliance make the case for taxing plastics.

Available in English.

Reusable & toxic-free menstrual products

While disposable sanitary products come at a high cost for women and the environment, but better solutions exist!

#breakfreefromplastic made an infographic on how reusable and toxic-free alternatives will make women’s lives better while protecting the environment for all.

Available in English.

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