CREATOR Policy Brief
EU Joint Approach to Recycling and Eco-design: Enabling the transition to the circular economy with advanced eco innovation technologies, processes, products and services
As flexible, cost-effective, strong and light materials, plastics offer a unique combination of advantages. However, plastic waste can cause harm to the environment, threatening health, food safety, marine life and animals alongside adverse chemical impacts from the build-up of organic pollutants if it is not correctly handled.
Applying ambitious circularity principles for plastics in Europe will have net positive benefits in the transition towards the circular economy, unleashing opportunities to take niche ideas into the mainstream, increasing market uptake and significantly reducing damage to the environment. With a common focus on recycling and eco-design, five projects funded by the European Commission have joined forces to increase awareness of the benefits of implementing the principles of circularity: NONTOX, Circular Flooring, CREAToR, PLAST2bCLEANED and REACT. Through their research, this project group is driving ecoinnovation to enable recycling efficiency and closing the loop on the re-use of plastic materials in Europe.
Being part of the Plastics Circularity Multiplier Initiative is another strength of the project group, by contributing to improvements in value-chain collaboration and cross cooperation between European initiatives.
This Policy Brief, supported by the Horizon Results Booster, is an opportunity to show how these five projects are contributing to EC policy priorities in terms of reducing the environmental footprint of plastics and other waste products, thereby increasing the use of more sustainable materials.
The Policy Brief has been produced with the support of Trust-IT Services, provider of the Horizon Results Booster, funded by the European Commission. The Policy Briefs have been written by projects and project groups that took part in the Horizon Results Booster.