Plastic foam products made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) and extruded polystyrene (XPS)
are amongst the top 10 items of marine litter found on European beach litter surveys.

We are OceanWise, a project looking for solutions to reduce this type of marine litter.
We want to keep EPS and XPS away from the marine environment.

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Priority Industries, Products & Applications

Fishing industry (Fisheries, Aquaculture, Sea-food)

Food goods industry (Distribution, Supermarket chains, e.g. vegetables, fish, meat, fruit)

Consumer goods (appliances)

Outdoor festivals and Tourism



Food goods industry

Food goods industry (Distribution industry, supermarket chains, e.g. vegetables, fish, meat, fruit): food packaging, such as egg cartons, take-out food packaging, tea and coffee cups, lids, food trays, plates, bowls.

Fishing industry

Fishing industry (fisheries, aquaculture and seafood): fish boxes, seafood boxes

Consumer goods industry

Consumer goods industry (appliances): electronics, mainly home appliances such as audio systems.

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  • OceanWise deals with marine litter in a circular economy perspective. It is focused exclusively on foamed polystyrene plastic (i.e. EPS and XPS ) products and applications with a likelihood to become marine litter. OceanWise wants to approach this issue with a wide-view angle, by putting together a multi-sectoral platform to include Governmental bodies responsible for marine environment management, Industry and other stakeholders, waste management authorities, designers, circular economy modellers, I&D specialists in participatory processes, and end-users. EPS is short for expanded polystyrene, commonly known as plastic foam or styrofoam. XPS is another type of expanded polystyrene material.


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The OceanWise project is co-financed by
the European Regional Development Fund
through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme