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Sell More, Waste Less - Workshop for food retailers & manufacturers - 2 OCT 2015

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Retailers and wholesalers want to tackle plastic waste, but with focus on what will work best

Speaking after today’s vote at the EP Plenary on the own-initiative report by Mark Demesmaeker MEP (ECR, BE) on the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren repeated the retail and wholesale sector’s commitment to creating a circular economy, but highlighted the need for a proper focus in the draft legislation the Commission has now proposed.

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EU legislation not the answer for better human rights in garment supply chain

Speaking ahead of the European Parliament vote on a resolution on the EU flagship initiative on the garment sector, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren argued that rigid, mandatory due diligence rules would not offer effective solutions to improving the safety and treatment of workers in the garment sector.

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How to make the Circular Economy happen – retailers’ approach

As part of the Circular Economy measures planned for this year, the European Commission is currently drafting an EU Plastics Strategy. With the use of plastics in the EU growing steadily, less than 25% of collected plastic waste being recycled and about 50% going to landfill, the challenges are evident.

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Commerce backs drive for a more circular economy but warns about devil in the detail

The commerce sector concurs with the European Commission that a more circular economy is the way forward to deal with finite resources. The sector is already taking many measures to use resources more efficiently and increase recycling.

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