OceanWise Stakeholders meeting in Lorient

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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.

 
 

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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 Stakeholders meeting in Dublin

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OceanWise Stakeholders meeting in Dublin

30 MAY 2019

The 4th participatory session of the OceanWise project took place in Dublin on May 30th. The event was organised by the Irish partners of the OceanWise project: UCC MaREI, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, and REPAK.

Twenty stakeholders representing several sectors of activity related directly or indirectly to the life cycle of the EPS/XPS (14 from the Industry, 4 from Policy/Regulation, and 2 from Research/Science) identified three priorities to be addressed moving forward towards integrating EPS/XPS into a circular economy for Ireland:

Alternatives Testing
Stakeholders identified the need to thoroughly understand the multi-dimensional impacts of using alternative materials to EPS/XPS, along with the need to show, unequivocally, that an alternative is more sustainable than EPS/XPS.
Actors to Involve: Manufacturers, Retailers, End-users, NGOs, European Union
Information to Collect: Costs of disposal/production; resource use; sustainability of raw materials; logistics; CO2 emissions; recyclability; toxicity in the natural environment; Life Cycle Assessment boundaries
Education
Stakeholders identified the need to improve overall knowledge, across a product’s value chain, of the sustainability of certain products and their appropriate disposal methods.
Actors to Involve: Industry, Consumers, Recyclers, Government/Policymakers (Local, Regional, National, and EU)
Information to Collect: Clarification on what product material is made of, benchmark models on what works (e.g. Life Cycle Assessment) and focus on best options
– Incentives
Stakeholders identified the need to incentivise, through subsidies, tax credits (e.g. Tax credit scheme to encourage uptake), etc., the transition from linear economic business models to more circular business models.
Actors to Involve: DCCAE, EU direct to member states with policy

This work sets a collective agenda that OceanWise will infuse into the project’s future initiatives.

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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 next meeting will take place in Dublin, on May 30th. 

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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OceanWise Stakeholders meeting in London

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OceanWise Stakeholders meeting in London

27 MARCH 2019

The third participatory session of the OceanWise project took place in London on march 27th. 16 stakeholders got together for a full afternoon of debate in search for solutions to make the EPS and XPS products less of a risk to the marine environment. 

The participants included EPS manufacturers, the British Plastics Federation, Seafood retail companies, alternatives to fish boxes, Marine litter policy, Governmental organisations and Waste policy entities.

Organized by Cefas, which is one of the partners to the project, this participated session resulted in a whole set of proposals, concerns and ideas which the stakeholders agreed to and which will now  integrate the OceanWise process. 

 

The most highlighted topics by the stakeholders in London were: Regulation, Investment on Infrastrucutres, Innivation, Education, and Environmental protection.

 

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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 next meeting will take place in Dublin, on May 30th. 

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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OceanWise Stakeholders meeting in Vigo

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OceanWise Stakeholders meeting in Vigo

14 MARCH 2019

The second participatory session of the OceanWise project took place in Vigo, at Cetmar. 30 Spanish stakeholders got together for a full morning of debate in search for solutions to make the EPS and XPS products less of a risk to the marine environment. 

The wide group of participants included: EPS producers, EPS recyclers, waste management companies, EPS Industry profesional associations, manufacturers of machinery for EPS waste  uptake, port authorities, representatives from the fisheries and the acquaculture Industries, a supermermarkets group, a territorial cooperation entity, and NGOs.

Organized by Cetmar, which is one of the partners to the project, this participated session resulted in a whole set of proposals, concerns and ideas which the stakeholders agreed to and which will now  integrate the OceanWise process. 

The most highlighted topics by the stakeholders in Vigo were: Management, specific Legislation and Regulation, Awareness raising, Financial Incentives, and Research and Innovation.

 

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The meeting was organized by Cetmar and Sustainn, which are the Spanish members of the OceanWise consortium, with the support of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the NOVA University.

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 next meeting will take place in London, on March 27th, and will be followed by similar meetings in Ireland and in France.

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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OceanWise Stakeholders meeting in Lisbon

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OceanWise Stakeholders meeting in Lisbon

7 MARCH 2019

The first participatory session of the OceanWise project (March 7, 2019) joined more than 50 Portuguese stakeholders to the project, bringing together participants responsible for environmental management, waste management, representatives of the industries of production and recycling of expanded polystyrene, also from Fisheries, Aquaculture, Food Distribution, the Academy and non-governmental organizations related to the Environment.

At the meeting in Lisbon, the participants presented ideas and technical contributions from a perspective of Circular Economy and articulation between sectors. Opportunities and solutions have also been mentioned in the fields of regulation, innovation, information and awareness among the various actors and consumers.

With this workshop, the OceanWise project begins a series of international meetings that will take place throughout the year 2019 and aim to capture the active participation of the sectors that influence the complex problem of the loss of products discarded to the sea. The upcoming meetings will take place in Vigo, Spain and in London, in March, and will be followed by similar meetings in Ireland and in France.

 

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

The meeting was organized by the Directorate General of Natural Resources, Safety and Maritime Services (DGRM), the Faculty of Science and Technology of the NOVA University and Sociedade Ponto Verde, the three Portuguese partners of this international project.

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MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

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MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

25 OCTOBER 2018

Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday.

These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by Parliament.

MEPs added to this list of plastics banned from the EU market from 2021: products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags or packaging and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene.

National reduction targets for other non-banned plastics

The consumption of several other items, for which no alternative exists, will have to be reduced by member states by least 25% by 2025. This includes single-use burger boxes, sandwich boxes or food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts or ice creams. Member states will draft national plans to encourage the use of products suitable for multiple use, as well as re-using and recycling.

Other plastics, such as beverage bottles, will have to be collected separately and recycled at a rate of 90% by 2025.

Cigarette butts and lost fishing gear

MEPs agreed that reduction measures should also cover waste from tobacco products, in particular cigarette filters containing plastic. It would have to be reduced by 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2030.

One cigarette butt can pollute between 500 and 1000 litres of water, and thrown on the roadway, it can take up to twelve years to disintegrate. They are the second most littered single-use plastic items.

Member states should also ensure that at least 50% of lost or abandoned fishing gear containing plastic is collected per year, with a recycling target of at least 15% by 2025. Fishing gear represents 27% of waste found on Europe’s beaches.

Making producers more accountable

Member states would have to ensure that tobacco companies cover the costs of waste collection for those products, including transport, treatment and litter collection. The same goes for producers of fishing gear containing plastic, who will need to contribute to meeting the recycling target.

Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE), rapporteur, said: “We have adopted the most ambitious legislation against single-use plastics. It is up to us now to stay the course in the upcoming negotiations with the Council, due to start as early as November. Today’s vote paves the way to a forthcoming and ambitious directive. It is essential in order to protect the marine environment and reduce the costs of environmental damage attributed to plastic pollution in Europe, estimated at 22 billion euros by 2030.”

Next steps

The report, drafted by Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE), was adopted with 571 votes to 53 and 34 abstentions. Parliament will enter into negotiations with Council when EU ministers will have set their own position on the file.

Background

According to the European Commission, more than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The products covered by these restrictions constitute 70% of all marine litter items. Due to its slow rate of decomposition, plastic accumulates in seas, oceans and on beaches in the EU and worldwide. Plastic residue is found in marine species – such as sea turtles, seals, whales and birds, but also in fish and shellfish, and therefore in the human food chain.

While plastics are a convenient, adaptable, useful and economically valuable material, they need to be better used, re-used and recycled. When littered, the economic impact of plastics encompasses not just the lost economic value in the material, but also the costs of cleaning up and losses for tourism, fisheries and shipping.

 

Source: www.europarl.europa.eu

Themes: Single-use plastic

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Makro Portugal is replacing all its EPS fresh fish boxes

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Makro Portugal is replacing all its EPS fresh fish boxes

26 SEPTEMBER 2018

Makro Portugal, a cash and carry Portuguese company, is replacing all its fresh fish boxes made with expanded polystyrene (EPS) by polypropylene boxes. Annually, the company moves more than 300,000 EPS boxes from its central platform to the stores.


EPS has long been one of the most widely used materials in fresh fish transport, but is currently considered to be harmful to the environment and to human health.
On one hand, it is polluting the oceans, where marine organisms confuse small EPS particles with food and may die when they eat them. Some fish that have ingested these harmful components may also be eaten by humans.


On the other hand, it is a very difficult material to recycle and the packaging made of EPS takes up a lot of space in storage and transport. In contrast, according to Makro Portugal, polypropylene is easily recyclable and there is a strong demand for the reprocessed material. The new boxes have been considered more eco-friendly and affordable and with similar quality performances to EPS.

 
Previous studies concluded that when flattened, polypropylene packages have less than 10% of the volume of EPS. In fact, one truck full of polypropylene boxes is considered the equivalent to three trucks full with EPS ones.

 
The Portuguese company, member of METRO Group, began working on the introduction of new polypropylene packages in July 2017, during a joint meeting between the company’s operating staff and external suppliers.


The starting point was a similar project launched in 2015 by Concarneau Trading Office, a company located in France that supplies METRO Group with fresh wild fish.
Makro Portugal has made some adjustments to this project, with the introduction of different box covers to lower costs and new formats, adapting it to its necessities.
The company goal is to abandon the use of EPS boxes in fishmongers by the end of 2018, as well as reducing or eliminating plastic bags used in those facilities.


The company has also extended the challenge to its suppliers, so that they abandon the use of EPS in the packaging. “We are promoting with each individual supplier the awareness and promotion of this transformation”,  Makro Portugal has announced.

Source: OceanWise Media team

Themes: Fish boxes / Alternative materials

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European Commission proposes new laws to tackle the most found plastic waste items on European beaches

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European Commission proposes new laws to tackle the most found plastic waste items on European beaches

26 SEPTEMBER 2018

Source: OceanWise Media team

Themes: Circular Economy Policy / Plastics Strategy / Single-use Plastics

Cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws and stirrers made with plastics, food containers and cups for beverages such as those made from expanded polystyrene, and plastic bottles are some of the 10 most found plastic waste items on Europe’s beaches. Those 10 items account for 43% of total marine litter.

In May 2018, the European Commission proposed new laws to tackle this huge problem and also fishing gear, which represents an additional 27% of all marine litter. The new Single Use Plastics Directive will be an integral part of Plastics Strategy and an important element of the Circular Economy Action Plan.

The Commission’s proposal foresees several measures for extended producer responsibility. Member States are advised to establish schemes for nine types of single-use plastic products, namely food containers, cups for beverages, Balloons, packets and wrappers, beverage containers and their caps and lids, tobacco product filters, wet wipes (sanitary items), lightweight plastic carrier bags and fishing gear.

This means that producers of these products shall cover the costs of the collection of waste and its subsequent transport and treatment, including the costs to clean up litter and the costs of the awareness raising measures.

In the specific case of producers of fishing gear containing plastic, Member States should ensure that they cover the costs of the collection of waste fishing gear that has been delivered to adequate port reception facilities and its subsequent transport and treatment.

Also, the proposed measures include a ban on single use cotton buds and also on single use cutlery, plates, straws and stirrers made with plastic, to be replaced with sustainable alternatives.

The industry will also receive incentives to develop less polluting alternatives to those products.

Implementation of this proposal aims to reduce littering by more than half for the ten single use plastic items, avoiding environmental damage which would otherwise amount to €22 billion by 2030.

According to the European Commission, replacing the most common single use plastic items with alternatives which have higher added value can create around 30,000 local jobs. Better-designed and multiple-use products can help to develop innovative business models and systems, such as re-use schemes.

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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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Using Fungi to Replace Styrofoam

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Ikea plans mushroom-based packaging as eco-friendly replacement for polystyrene

24 February 2016
Source: The Telegraph
Themes: Alternative materials

Ikea plans to use packaging made with mushrooms as an eco-friendly replacement for polystyrene, the Swedish retail giant has revealed.

The flat-pack furniture retailer is looking at using the biodegradable “fungi packaging” as part of its efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling, Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability for Ikea in the UK said.

“We are looking for innovative alternatives to materials, such as replacing our polystyrene packaging with mycelium – fungi packaging,” she said.

Mycelium is the part of a fungus that grows in a mass of branched fibres, attaching to the soil or whatever it is growing on – in effect, mushroom roots.

US firm Ecovative developed the product, which it calls Mushroom Packaging, by letting the mycelium grow around clean agricultural waste, such as corn stalks or husks.

https://secure.i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03582/ikea_3582088b.jpgAn example of Mushroom Packaging (photo courtesy of Ecovative)

Over the space of a few days the fungus fibres bind the waste together, forming a solid shape, which is then dried to stop it growing any further.

Ms Yarrow told the Telegraph that Ikea was looking at introducing mycelium packaging because “a lot of products come in polystyrene, traditionally, which can’t be – or is very difficult to – recycle”.

While polystyrene takes thousands of years to decompose, mycelium packaging can be disposed of simply by throwing it in the garden where it will biodegrade naturally within a few weeks.

Speaking at an Aldersgate Group sustainability event in London this week, Ms Yarrow added: “The great thing about mycelium is you can grow it into a mould that then fits exactly. You can create bespoke packaging.”

An Ikea spokesman confirmed it was looking at working with Ecovative, adding: “We always look for new and innovative processes and sustainable materials that can contribute to our commitment.

Ikea recently introduced vegetarian meatballs as part of its efforts to go green. Photo: Ikea

“Mycelium is one of the materials IKEA is looking into, but it is currently not used in production.”

Ecovative, whose founders invented the mushroom-based material in 2006, currently manufactures its packaging in New York. Customers include computer giant Dell, which uses it to cushion large computer servers.

A handful of companies are believed to use the product in the UK.

How the Mushroom Packaging is made

1. Agricultural waste such as corn husks is cleaned.

2. Mycelium is added, and the mixture is left for a few days.

3. Mycelium grows fibres as it reaches out to digest the agricultural waste.

4. Mixture is broken up into loose particles.

5. Particles are put into shaped mould for a few days. Mycelium grows and forms a solid shape.

6. Solid shape is removed and dried to stop growth and prevent production of mushrooms or spores.

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China-EU agreement paves way for global adoption of circular economy

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China and the European Union (EU), world leaders in circular economy policy

16 JULY 2018

Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Themes: Circular Economy Policy

China and the European Union (EU), world leaders in circular economy policy, sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Circular Economy Cooperation at the 20th EU-China Summit in Beijing on 16th July
Transition to a circular economy in the world’s two largest economies could accelerate adoption of circular economy practices at a global scale, creating potential for a ‘system shift’ towards a low carbon, regenerative economy
New analysis from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation finds that transition to a circular economy in China’s cities could make goods and services more affordable for citizens, and reduce impacts normally associated with middle class lifestyles, such as traffic congestion and air pollution. Earlier research found that Europe could, by 2030, add €0.9 trillion to its GDP by moving to a circular economy, while halving its CO2 emissions

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