Efforts which include multiple measures to tackle single-use plastics (SUPs) and/or plastic pollution, often involve addressing the issue through different levels of stakeholder engagement. Successful strategies for stopping continued microplastic pollution will most likely involve a shift to a circular economy model with wide-ranging regulation of industry practices and materials as well as consumer behavioral change.

It should be noted that other non-legally binding initiatives are gaining momentum as well. While voluntary, these commitments and actions are noteworthy as they are aimed at reducing and preventing microplastic use and leakage and may form the basis of legislation in future. Additionally, they seek to engage stakeholders across sectors and pushing for a systems change by implementing circular economy principles.


The EU passed the most comprehensive plastics strategy, which includes 3 types of measures to reduce microplastics – a restriction on placing products in the market, a labelling requirement and a reporting requirement

Circular Fibers Initiative Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF)

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment EMF