INC Fact Sheet: Bioplastics 101

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The Scientists' Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty
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Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution - Technical Resource for Pacific Island Courtiers
Pacific Island countries, like others around the world, are evaluating their plastics use. The global bioplastics market (bio-based and/or biodegradable plastics) is projected to increase in the next decade, with their use in a range of sectors including agriculture/horticulture, aquaculture, fisheries, and food and non-food packaging. While in restricted and specific applications they may bring some advantages over conventional durable fossil-based plastics caution is required to ensure these materials do not become regrettable substitutions, presenting hazards to organisms and human health, or contributing to social, economic and environmental burdens.

This fact sheet aims to provide Pacific Islands delegates the scientific evidence necessary to negotiate Core Obligation 8: Safe, Sustainable Alternatives and Substitutes (UNEP/PP/INC.2/4) and Part II Section 5d of the Zero Draft (UNEP/PP/INC.3/4) in a fully informed manner.
  • Bioplastics-101-Factsheet_Final.pdf