Of particular concern for textiles is the global prevalence of microplastics from clothes washing and the impacts of manufacture, a staggeringly huge problem.
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Mattresses in particular seem like an ideal candidate for Extended Producer Responsibility, however it does lead to the question of how to define them - would it include sofa beds for example?
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It is clear that a proper functioning producer responsibility regime shouldn’t just ensure that revenues are funnelled into the resource management industry, it should incentivise the right material or product being used in the first place.
Read more about the potential for building and demolition EPR, including how future regulation could work, in our blog by head of policy Robbie Staniforth: Building producer responsibility for construction and demolition waste
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The Extended Producer Responsibility system design would likely need to factor in design characteristics because end-of-life disposal is just one part of the problem - for example microplastics from tyre wear is a significant contributor to ocean plastic.
With the way tyres are currently designed, a significant shift would be required to make an impact on this troubling issue.
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Thanks to the BBC’s Blue Planet II, the problem of plastic fishing nets has been heightened in the public’s conscience. While alternatives are being sought to reduce the number of sea creatures injured during the equipment’s operation, there is currently very little activity to reduce the number of low-cost nets being dumped at sea.
The UK is unlikely to make a huge difference by volume, but it could become a world-leader in demonstrating how to deal with this issue. It is paramount that we ensure any new requirements do not create a competitive disadvantage for our fishing industry, this will be a key consideration in any consultation with industry.
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