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ABOUT

Foamed polystyrene products (EPS and XPS) are a major and worrying source of marine litter in the Atlantic Ocean. They require immediate action.

These products are everywhere. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) and Extruded polystyrene (XPS) are plastic foam materials used globally in the composition of several products, such as fish and sea-food boxes, hot drinks cups, single-use food boxes and trays, packaging of electronic appliances and other fragile or temperature sensitive products, insulation for buildings, floating structures in the sea, amongst other uses. 

Now, for the very first time, several countries decided to work together to solve a problem that is, silently, threatening our oceans and marine wildlife.

We are OceanWise, a three years project (Jan 2018 – Dec 2020) designed to develop long-term measures to reduce the impact of EPS in the North-East Atlantic Ocean.

Based on resource-efficiency participatory methods and circular economy principles, OceanWise will generate new and best practice within sectors considering the use, manufacturing, recycling and uptake of foamed polystyrene.
We will be working together with people who produce EPS and XPS, who design products that use these materials, people who need them in their industries, who manage EPS and XPS waste, and people who buy goods with EPS and XPS. We need all the stakeholders and to address the entire life cycle of foamed polystyrene products to reduce its leakage to the oceans.
Our team comprises 13 partners from 5 Atlantic Area countries – Portugal, Ireland, France, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Driven by the EU-Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the OSPAR Convention’s Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter, our goal is to present the best solutions and results to drive more sustainable policies and best practices until 2020.
We hope to make a difference

 

Who we are

OceanWise comprises 13 partners ranging from national governmental organizations and operational agencies to knowledge centres from the 5 countries. In addition, the OSPAR Secretariat has joined the partnership as associated partner, to ensure institutional support and advice to the project: the OSPAR Convention includes all the countries of the North-East Atlantic area.

Our funding

OceanWise is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) INTERREG Atlantic Area, under Priority Axis 4: Enhancing biodiversity and the natural and cultural assets.

OceanWise has a total budget of 2,853,536.78€. ERDF INTERREG Atlantic Area will contribute with 2,140,152.60€. Partners will invest 713,384.19€.

INTERREG Atlantic Area is an European funding program that aims to promote cooperation among 36 Atlantic regions of five European countries: France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. For more information about this program, visit  >>here

 

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OCEANWISE

  • 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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© 2019 OceanWise project

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

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