With the purpose of combating plastic in the oceans, Plastic Change has entered into partnership with The Eco Council and The Danish Plastics Federation. Together we have developed the project ”Plastic Free Ocean” with the support from two Danish foundations – the Villum Foundation and the Velux Foundation.
A total of five projects are included in Plastic Free Ocean, and they all aim to engage the Danish population in taking action against the rising quantity of plastic in the oceans.
From these projects, we will find out how much plastic there is in our environment, in our mussels and fish. We want to discover the sources of plastic pollution which in the longer run will help us reduce the quantity of plastic in the oceans. Moreover, we will demonstrate new ways to reuse plastic and show how local populations can protect their own environments against plastic pollution.
Read about the five projects below.
Every year, 1000 tonnes of plastic come ashore along the Danish coast of the North Sea. We need to do something about this. The project “The bench and the litterbucket” draws attention to the problem of plastic pollution along the North Sea. We highly appreciate the beach clean-ups done by thousands of volunteers.
At the same time, the project shows the value of stray plastic waste. Plastic is sorted and made into benches and rubbish bins in coastal municipalities. Here they stand as symbols of the fact that we cannot drop plastic in the marine environment, but also that plastic actually holds great recycling potential.
Roskilde Fjord is an example of the fact that local players can take action to protect their land against plastic pollution in the future. Roskilde Fjord is systematically inspected for plastic in all organic matrices; the column of water, the bottom, the organisms, etc. Analyses are carried out to find out whether plastic is transported in the local ecosystem. Wastewater treatment plants are analysed for any emissions, and membrane technology is put to the test to see if it can further purify the water from plastic. All sources are surveyed, and the locals are involved in ensuring that Roskilde Fjord is not further polluted.
In order to strengthen local engagement, interdisciplinary teaching resources are developed in collaboration with local schools.
With the help from a large number of volunteers, we have developed an app for consumers to avoid care products that contain micro plastic. At the same time, we lead a campaign that will provide political input in the debate regarding micro plastic in care products, such as body scrubs that can contain up to 40,000 pieces of micro plastic. The goal is to realise a EU ban against the use of micro plastic in cosmetic products similar to that in the US.
We work together with the Plastic Soup Foundation in the Netherlands that has developed the original ’Beat the Microbead’ app, which is now launched in more than 20 countries.
’Beauty and the Beast’ is the name of our photo competition that encourages users of the sea, such as fishermen, divers and yachters, to take photos of how our beautiful seas are marred with plastic waste.
The best photos are selected by a competent jury consisting of experts and nature lovers. The award ceremony takes place in combination with a debate among environmental politicians regarding the plastic problem in Danish nature. The competition is organised in the beginning of 2017. We ”look forward” to seeing all the disturbing photos of plastic clashing with nature.
Students take a growing interest in the problem of plastic, and we want to further engage this group through useful lesson plans so that Denmark can become a pioneer country when it comes to sustainable use of plastic.
Engaging young people is a very important part of the solution to plastic in our sea environment. Driven by our wish for a clean environment, we are able to develop solutions and ideas that stem plastic pollution. That is why Plastic Change works to produce professional teaching resources at all learning levels.