Free Business Guide: Disposable plastics ban

Download the free guide and find out what are the banned and restricted disposable plastic products, what alternatives exist, what are the requirements for industrial design and more useful information.


The changes

The ban on single-use plastics in the European Union entered into force on 3 July 2021 through Directive (EC) 2019/904 – on reducing the environmental impact of certain plastic products. It is also accompanied by changes related to the industrial design of packaging, products made of oxo-degradable plastic, fishing gear containing plastic, product labeling, separate collection of plastics and extended producer responsibility.

At the end of 2021, the directive will be transposed into national law through the Ordinance on Reducing the Environmental Impact of Certain Plastic Products of the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW), which also provided guidelines for the use of disposable plastics by businesses and consumers in Bulgaria. Osnova’s team closely monitors European legislation related to disposable plastics and, together with a number of businesses and NGOs, took part in public discussions on its transposition in Bulgaria. The change is a small but important step that, in addition to benefiting the environment, also has the potential to improve business and consumer health.


The manual

In order to acquaint businesses and consumers with the upcoming major changes related to disposable plastic products, we supported Osnova in creating a completely free virtual manual that presents the information from the ordinance in an accessible way.


What does it include?

  • What are the banned products and what are their alternatives
  • Which products should be restricted and what are the measures to do so
  • What are the requirements for industrial design of products and their packaging
  • Extended producer responsibility: new requirements
  • Reporting mechanisms and deadlines
  • Opportunities for business and good world practices
  • Opportunities for business and good world practices
  • Plastic business ban guide


Who is it suitable for?

  • owner of a cafe or restaurant
  • hotel owner
  • shop owner
  • manufacturer
  • an office manager or employee who wants to make their office greener.

The manual was created by the Osnova team and is funded by Eco Partners Bulgaria AD.


For Osnova

The foundation is a Bulgarian consulting company – a consultant for sustainable business, awarded in the list of Forbes 30 under 30. Its mission is to help businesses and the environment to thrive together.

The company aims to make the transition to more environmentally sustainable practices more affordable in Bulgaria by measuring and reducing the carbon emissions of businesses.

Osnova’s work is based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as tested and validated practices and standards such as the GHG Protocol.

Osnova helps the business both with a complete transformation and with the improvement of specific products, training and engagement of employees, organizing information campaigns, conceptual projects and more.