News Marine Litter

06.04.2017

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have complained that the measurements made so far of microplastics in our waters are not reliable. After a critical review of past studies, they want to see a harmonisation of the measuring procedures...

05.04.2017

German RETech Partnership is a network which supports the export of innovative technologies and know-how transfer in the field of waste management with a special focus on markets in emerging and developing countries. RETech's input to an...

05.04.2017

The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) provides a new online portal for marine litter and its ecological impact. The LITTERBASE database is designed to make the available knowledge about marine litter...

05.04.2017

One year ago, the Federal Government and the Federal States started a joint initiative together with businesses and trade associations: the Round Table against marine litter. The main driving forces were the German Environment Ministry, the Lower...

04.04.2017

At the economic summit in Davos in January, the Ellen-MacArthur Foundation presented a plan of action for restructuring the plastics sector. At the beginning of the year, the European Commission's roadmap – " Strategy on Plastics in a Circular...

04.04.2017

According to a study from the Alfred-Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the quantity of litter in the depths of the Arctic Ocean at one measuring point has risen twenty-fold within ten years. The litter consists...

03.04.2017

Oxo-degradable plastics are no solution to the currently discussed problems of microplastics in waters. To the contrary: oxo-degradable plastics can make the problem even worse because such plastics cannot biologically degrade but only fragment to...

02.04.2017

The American artist Von Wong is raising awareness of the marine litter problem in an artistic way: with a "mermaid" surrounded by 10,000 plastic bottles.

31.03.2017

In both neighbouring countries, a voluntary agreement between trade and politics to reduce the consumption of plastic bags turns out to be rather successful. According to Environment Minister Andrä Rupprechter, the number of disposable bags decreased...

29.03.2017

The Plastics Packaging Industry Association (IK) and their "Round Table Eco Design of Plastics Packagings" have organised a discussion at the Interpack trade fair in Düsseldorf on 5 May 2017. What is eco design of plastic packagings all about? At the...