"Peter Plastics" in a cinema spot
The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) intends, in the Year of Science 2016/2017, to draw attention to the pollution of the seas with the help of a cinema spot. In the guise of "Peter Plastics", actor Marek Erhardt glorifies...
Death of Deepwave founder Onno Groß
Marine biologist and founder of the Deepwave marine protection organisation, Dr. Onno Groß, was killed in a traffic accident during the night of October 2 in Budapest. He was in the Hungarian capital for a congress on the topic of plastic litter.
Chinese join "Global Declaration"
Three big Chinese industry associations signed the "Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter" at the beginning of November.
"Model for discharge pathways" moves into the next round
In March 2016, the model entitled "From Land to Sea – Model for recording land-sourced plastic litter" was published. Aiming to continuously advance and improve the model, a second expert workshop was held in June 2016 to discuss the methodological...
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Recovering abandoned fishing nets in the Baltic Sea more effectively
Environmental associations from Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Germany and Poland have launched a project together with the local fishermen to eliminate so-called "ghost nets". In a form of international cooperation, they want to test a new retrieval...
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BMBF research project "Plastic in the environment"
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research" (BMBF) has, in this year's science year "Seas and Oceans", launched an extensive research program on the topic of plastic litter in the environment. The aim is to cover the topic in its entirety....
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Constant monitoring with laser light
June saw the launch of the joint OPTIMUS project, which aims to develop an analyzing device for detecting plastics particles in drinking water. With optical methods like Raman spectroscopy and holographic microscopy, it should become possible to...
K2016: Theme Day on Marine Litter
On October 19, K 2016, the world's largest plastics and rubber exhibition, will open its doors in Düsseldorf. As part of the special show "Plastics Shape the Future", being organized under the leadership of PlasticsEurope Deutschland and the Messe...
Progress report on the Global Declaration
The plastics industry has a special role to play in combating and avoiding plastic waste in the world's seas. 65 industry associations from 34 countries have since signed the Global Declaration on Marine Litter from 2011.
Morocco opts to ban plastic bags
After the United States, Morocco is one the world's largest consumers of plastic bags. However, on July 1, the country put in place a far-reaching ban on their use. This means that a further African country is now trying to beat the littering of...