According to UNEP expectations plastic production was projected to increase by up to 40 per cent over the next 10 years, which made achieving a significant reduction in marine pollution by the year 2025, as reflected in Sustainable Development Goal target 14.1, as remote as ever.

CCB believes that a voluntary phase out of MP is inadequate and an urgent EU regulatory action is necessary to treat such a complex and transboundary problem. The proposed EU Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment was agreed by the EU commission (May 2018), and adopted by EU parliament (March 2019).

In 2017, CCB has implemented a project Plastic Free Baltic, which has significantly contributed to lifting up the agenda of microplastic/marine litter pollution in the Baltic Sea region, including the upstream catchment area.

In 2019, CCB will start implementing a new project: “Plastic Free Ocean“. The project activities will support implementation of the EU Plastics Strategy and the idea is to address the growing pollution of the Baltic Sea (and through it – the world ocean) by single-use plastic items, primary and secondary microplastics, and associated toxic chemicals through a combination of:
– policy-oriented measures
– awareness-raising public campaign
– monitoring activities
– assistance to identified target groups from private and municipal sector in switching to plastic-free alternatives.

Read the interview of Mikhail Durkin, CCB Executive Secretary, about the project and objectives.

The CCB´s Plastic Free Ocean project is supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation:

Partners of the Plastic Free Ocean project are: