OceanWise Stakeholders meeting in Lorient, France

11 JULY 2019

The 5th participatory session of the OceanWise project took place in Lorient, France on July 11th, 2019. The organization of this event was ensured by the French partners of the OceanWise project, Université Bretagne Sud, Seabird, and Cedre.

24 stakeholders participated on the event, representatives of several sectors of activity related directly or indirectly to the life cycle of the EPS/XPS, such as Companies of material production, R&D and waste treatment, Institutions, Pollutions experts, Fisheries, Aquaculture union associations, System developers, Life cycle experts and non-governmental organizations related to the Environment. 

The participants identified the main priorities to be addressed moving towards integrating EPS/XPS into a circular economy for France: Eco-Design and alternatives to EPS foams; Awareness and uses; Collection; Political solutions and synergies.


Know more:

This workshop is part of a series of international meetings that will take place throughout the year 2019, aiming to capture the active participation of the sectors that influence the complex problem of the loss of products discarded to the sea. 

The project aims to propose updates of public policies and new good practices to be adopted by Industry.

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  • OceanWise deals with marine litter in a circular economy perspective. It is focused exclusively on expanded polystyrene (EPS ) 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 foams, and called styrofoam in the U.S.


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