Food Contact Materials

We need safe food contact materials in a toxic-free circular economy

The way we produce, distribute and consume our food at the moment is detrimental to our environment and our health. Single use food packaging (and tableware), are not only a threat to our environment (pollution from SUP etc), it is also threatening our health, due to the fact that those single use food packaging contains hazardous chemicals that migrate from the packaging to the food and eventually our bodies. the exposure to those hazardous chemicals notably impacts of hormonal, nervous and immune systems.


This is why, at Zero Waste Europe we are working with a group of NGOs across all facets of food contact materials relevant policy to ensure ambitious application by decision makers on chemicals in food packaging.

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View the global Declaration of Concern and call to action led by Zero Waste Europe, GAIA Asia-Pacific, GAIA US, and Upstream – signed by 170+ organisations worldwide demanding that lawmakers protect us from hazardous chemicals in food packaging.


This declaration came in response to “Impacts of Food Contact Chemicals on Human Health: A Consensus Statement” published by a group of world-renowned human and environmental health scientists which raised serious concern and adds to growing evidence about exposure to harmful chemicals through their use in food packaging.


A Declaration of Concern and Call to Action regarding Plastics, Packaging and Human Health


This policy briefing looks into the threat that FCMs poses both to human health and the environment, with a focus on food packaging, and highlights the opportunity for ambitious reform of the EU policy framework which would contribute to the transition towards safe, cost-efficient and reusable packaging that protects human health and guarantees a toxic-free circular economy.


We have the opportunity to reform EU legislation on chemicals in food packaging to make it safe and reusable. Our latest policy briefing outlines recommendations to ensure a toxic-free circular economy.


Towards safe food contact materials in a toxic-free circular economy

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The Plastics in the Spotlight project analyses plastic in our bodies, looking at key public figures across Europe and testing their urine for plastic content. The project will launch in December 2020 and full details can be found at it’s dedicated webpage


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In the meantime, sign up for the ‘Food for Thought’ newsletter to get key updates on Food Contact Material policy, legislation and other useful resources.


The newsletter is produced in collaboration with CHEM Trust and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).


Together, we are working towards creating a toxic-free environment and a toxic-free circular economy, where nobody should have to worry about the presence of health-harming chemicals in the products that come into contact with our food.

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