Thursday, December 20, 2012

Europe - Call for wasteful goods to be 'taken off market'

The EC is calling for a ban on resource-inefficient consumer products across Europe to stimulate markets for goods and services that have lower lifecycle impacts, creating demand for products that are more durable and easy to recycle. One way to achieve this would be by progressively taking the worst performing products off the market and providing incentives to consumers to adopt more sustainable lifestyles through their purchasing decisions. The European Commission also wants to encourage more sustainable sourcing of raw materials, and argues the case for more private and public investment in resource-efficient technologies and skills, and suggests that SMEs will be important due to the ability to respond swiftly to market demands.


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