The green groups fear the directive allows for harmful exceptions to slip through the net, meaning it could underperform on its environmental aims, “and even backfire”, according to Joan-Marc Simon, executive director at ZWE.
Currently, the directive, which entered into force in June 2019, allows for ‘natural polymers’ such as viscose and lyocell, which are commonly found in wet wipes, nappies and cigarettes. According to the campaign groups, products made from these substitutes are potentially as damaging as banned plastics.
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