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OceanWise deals with marine litter in a circular economy perspective. It is focused exclusively on expanded polystyrene products and applications with a likelihood to become marine litter.



OceanWise wants to approach this subject 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 modelling, I&D specialists in participatory processes, and end-users.


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 EPS. To achieve this, it is intended to:

Propose and test plausible options (reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, alternative materials) to achieve better environmental outcomes within different sectors;

Engage producer and designer communities on the sustainability of specific applications and to explore more cir cular models;

Develop Circular Economy-oriented methodologies to assess new opportunities, barriers and policy options.This proposal is driven by the EU-Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the OSPAR Convention’s Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter. There is a strong impetus to evolve ideas and commitments to national, regional & local political levels.



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