The European Commission is looking for comments on measures to reduce the environmental impact of unintentionally released microplastics like synthetic turf fibre wear. The call for evidence focuses on labelling, standardisation, certification and regulatory measures for the main sources of these plastics.
The call is part of the EC endeavour to reduce environmental pollution by microplastics. At present, the EC is considering the advice by its chemical agency ECHA to ban the placement onto the market of microplastics that are intentionally added to products.
According to the definition the EC uses, a microplastic is a plastic particle that measures 5mm or less.
A good example of this kind of microplastics being used in synthetic turf, are polymeric infills like SBR, TPE and EPDM.
At present there is no data on exactly how much particles a synthetic turf fields shed throughout its lifespan.
Comments on measures to reduce the environmental impact of unintentionally released microplastics can be submitted here. The window was closed on 28 December.
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