News Marine Litter

04.09.2019

An international project team under the leadership of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) recently spent five weeks in the Pacific Ocean examining the occurrence and final destination of microplastics in the oceans. The expedition...

04.09.2019

Plastics are valuable materials – a view shared by Germany's Federal Environment Agency (UBA). However, because plastics can also become a big problem later if they end up in the environment as litter, the Agency has submitted a new paper that gives...

04.09.2019

The Empa study focuses on seven plastics, namely polyethylene (LDPE and HDPE), polypropylene, polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, PVC and PET that are used in packaging, textiles, insulation materials and agricultural film. The research team says it...

04.09.2019

Environmental scientist Professor Bernd Nowack heads a research team at the Swiss research institute Empa that is looking among other things into environment pollution caused by plastic waste. Empa has just published a much acclaimed study on...

04.09.2019

Several media in Germany recently reported that the EU was considering a ban on artificial turf pitches – apparently because rubber granules stick to shoes and clothes when playing on artificial turf and can thus get into the environment. However, a...

04.09.2019

Borealis, one of the world's leading plastics producers, is convinced that a rapid and comprehensive switch to a circular economy is an important way to help solve the problem of plastics in the oceans. For this reason, Borealis has, as a founding...

04.09.2019

As the next step on the way to a "Maritime litter cleanup", the non-profit environmental organisation, One Earth – One Ocean e.V. (OEOO) from Munich and Kiel is building the next litter collection vessel "SeeKuh 2.0". It will be able to benefit from...

04.09.2019

Some months ago, Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd, together with the company Plastic Bank, jointly opened a collection station for plastic waste in the Philippines. According to the partners, more than 40 tons of plastic have already been collected there,...

04.09.2019

BKV will again be represented with its own stand at the upcoming K 2019 in Düsseldorf, due to be held from 16 to 23 October. Marine litter will be one of the two main topics. The BKV stand will be located on the Science Campus in Hall 7, booth SC13.

15.05.2019

At present there is no generally recognised definition of the term "microplastic", and it is not clear, for example, which substances fall under the term. In the course of this summer, the international standardisation committee ISO/TC 61 "Plastics"...