The Ellen MacArthur report and other initiatives from politics and industry
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...
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Plastic litter in the deep Arctic waters
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...
Oxo-degradable plastics are no solution
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...
10,000 plastic bottles and a mermaid
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.
Fewer plastic bags in Austria and Germany
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...
Forum Eco Design
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...
"Model for discharge pathways" – new version available
An updated version of the model developed on behalf of the BKV entitled "From Land to Sea – Model for recording land-sourced plastic litter" is now available. New findings and data have been included, and the subject of "compost and digestate" has...
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Theme Day on marine litter at K 2016
Marine litter was also an important topic during K 2016 in Düsseldorf. As part of the special show "Plastics shape the future" on the stand of Plastics Europe, there was a special Theme Day dedicated to marine litter with interesting presentations...
Why do seabirds "hunt" plastics?
Toxicological effects on marine organisms and thus on the entire food chain have been the subject of many studies. Another aspect currently being examined by a research group from the University of California, Davis, is why seabirds mistake plastics...
Interview: Plastics from compost
The model "From Land to Sea – Model for recording land-sourced plastic litter" has now been published in a second revised version. One of the main changes is that the model now also includes plastic discharges from compost and digestate. We asked...