In recent years, global production of plastics has increased, reaching 311 million tonnes per year, and is expected to double over the next 20 years. European plastics demand amounts to around 49 million tonnes per year. The main uses are packaging, building and construction, automotive and electronics. Plastics also have important functions: light and innovative materials in cars or planes can reduce CO2 emissions, save fuel and contribute to meeting our climate goals. High-performance insulation materials can keep our houses warm and help us save on our energy bills. Though, the ways plastics are currently produced, consumed and discarded produce negative side effects. So, what's next for the EU? Push for smart and sustainable material and product design, fund research and innovation into recyclable plastics, provide consumers with reliable information, reduce single use plastics, Improve waste collection, end illegal landfills, restrict the use of micro-plastics in certain products, revise drinking water rules to encourage tap water and reduce plastic bottle use, last but not least show global leadership.