14 November 2018

Getting a blue glimpse of the Our Ocean Conference

We had the chance to visit the Our Ocean Conference, which took place this year on October 29. and 30. in Bali, Indonesia. The conference, …

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5 November 2018

“WWF interview with PlastX researcher Heide”

Within the scope of WWF’s hot topic “plastic flood”, the WWF interviewed our researcher Heide on her work on marine litter prevention in Vietnam. Heide talks about…

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24 October 2018

“Planet Plastic”

“Planet Plastic” is the title of the latest WWF magazine (04/2018). The magazine’s main focus is on marine plastic litter, …

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26 September 2018

Wir suchen eine/n Studentische/n Mitarbeiter/in für 10 Std./Woche

mit Interesse an empirischer Sozialforschung.

Inhaltliche Schwerpunkte der Arbeit sind die Unterstützung bei der Auswertung eines quantitativen Fragebogens zu Plastikmüll in Asien, die Aufbereitung von quantitativen und qualitativen Daten mit MAXQDA und SPSS/Prism, …

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19 July 2018

Plastics of the future? The impact of biodegradable polymers on the environment and on society

Our latest review on biodegradable polymers. Biodegradable polymers like poly(lactic acid) are seen as a suitable alternative to commodity plastics in order to minimize the impact of plastics on the environment after disposal.

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19 July 2018

Citizens University’s event “Life in the Plastic Age – can we use plastics in a sustainable way?”

On June 28th, the PlastX group hosted the Frankfurt Citizens University’s event “Life in the Plastic Age – how can we use plastics in a sustainable way?” at the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE).

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5 March 2018

Superficial or Substantial: Why Care about Microplastics in the Anthropocene?

In his recent Viewpoint in Environmental Science and Technology, G. Allen Burton asks why “fellow scientists continue to focus on superficial microplastics risks” as “low exposure concentrations dictate there could be no risk”.

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15 December 2017

Marine Plastic Pollution: The Discovery of an Environmental Problem

Johanna and Carolin have published an article in the special issue “Seas and Oceans” of Aus Politik- und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ) discussing how science has discovered the phenomenon of garbage patches in the oceans and how microplastics are negotiated at the interface of science and society.

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23 November 2017

Understanding the Risks of Microplastics – now published

The diagnosis that we are living in a world-risk society formulated by Ulrich Beck twenty years ago (Beck 1996) has lost nothing of its power, especially against the background of the Anthropocene debate. “Global risks” have been identified which are caused by human activities, technology and modernization processes. Microplastics are a byproduct of exactly these modernization processes, being distributed globally by physical processes like ocean currents, and causing effects far from their place of origin.

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18 April 2017

„A Plastic Ocean“ – Film Screening and Discussion

A Plastic Ocean is one of the latest documentaries on the plastic pollution in the environment.  PlastX in collaboration with the Orfeos Erben Cinema is screening the movie and discussing it afterwards. Join us on Thursday 4th of May, 8:15pm at Orfeos Erben Cinema in Frankfurt.

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14 March 2017

Responsibility for Eco-friendly Consumption

Who is responsible in matters of environmentally friendly consumption? – A guest article by “Plastic Diary“-blogger Andreas Arnold:

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31 January 2017

Interview in Technology Review

Carolin Völker, PlastX co-leader, in the interview with Technology Review about microplastics.

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1 July 2016

Press Release: New Research Project „PlastX“: How to Sustainably Deal with Plastic?

Today this press release has been published:

Plastic is part of our daily lives. It can be used in various way, it is robust and cheap to produce. But plastic is mainly made from mineral oil and as a waste product it pollutes the environment. Which role does this ambivalent material play within society and what are its environmental impacts? The junior research group “PlastX” which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) investigates how it may be possible to sustainably deal with plastic.

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