31 July 2017

The Shifting and Fixed Identities of Plastics


Meandering 26 miles through southeastern Pennsylvania, Darby Creek flows into the Delaware River just west of Philadelphia International Airport. I first visited Darby Creek with Professor Helen K. White and a dozen other undergraduate students from Haverford College as part of a chemistry lab intensive course.

31 July 2017

Marine Litter: a Hot Topic in Ocean Governance


A literature study on marine litter governance by Ashley Hedger.

The ocean may be vast, but it does have it limits to how much overexploitation and pollution it can take, and such damages could be irreversible.

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.

13 April 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (4)


in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Social Dimension (4). In the last two weeks I spoke about the spatial and temporal differentiation of modern food supply systems. Now I will turn to the social consequence of this differentiation.

5 April 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (3)


in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Temporal Dimension (3). In 21st century food markets, the differentiation of production and consumption practices is not only spatial but also temporal.

29 March 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (2)


in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Spatial Dimension (2). Industrial food supply is characterized by globalized markets and increasing food miles. Modern supermarkets provide foods from all over the world, all year long. As these foods need to be transported, increasing physical distance generates need for technical solutions to ensure safe transportation of fragile goods. Packaging is central to many of these transportation practices. 

22 March 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (1) Overview


 in Globalized Food Supply Systems – An Overview (1). Is packaging the central connecting device in globalized food networks? This four-part essay will discuss how packaging based practices construct spatial, temporal and social bridges in differentiated food chains.

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:

6 March 2017

European Discourses on Plastics


Master thesis on EU plastic waste management by Magdalena Langer, following her internship with the PlastX research group:

31 January 2017

Interview in Technology Review


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

14 December 2016

Unnecessary Packaging Waste


Which (unnecessary) packaging frustrates consumers and why? What are responses from producers and suppliers? The consumer association “Verbraucherzentrale Nordrhein-Westfalen” ran a campaign on occasion of the European Week for Waste Reduction 2016 to address these questions.

12 December 2016

Clothing from Ocean Plastic


With headlines like “Clothing from ocean plastic” companies indicate that they turn marine debris into new products and seem to demonstrate their eco-friendliness and sustainability. Recycling of plastics into clothing is not new: Since more than 15 years used plastic bottles have been utilized to produce new textiles; but over the years technologies got better and now even shoes can be made from recycled plastic. Is this media-effective topic only exploited for marketing purposes or does ”clothing from ocean plastic” really help to tackle global plastic pollution?

23 November 2016

The European Week for Waste Reduction in Frankfurt


The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) aims to mobilize actors to implement awareness raising actions on waste reduction, product reuse and materials recycling. It takes place from the 19th to the 27th of November 2016 across Europe. This years’ Prevention Thematic Day is revolving around “Packaging Waste Reduction – Use Less Packaging!”

26 October 2016

PlastX Kick-off Workshop with Stakeholders


On the 20th of October, PlastX welcomed their project partners at the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE). The Kick-off Workshop was the starting point for close transdisciplinary collaboration between science and societal practice.

18 October 2016

PlastX-Workshop at the Convention on Environmental Sociology


What role does sociology play in research about social-ecological transformations? The 13th convention of the junior group “Environmental Sociology” (NGU) took place in Münster this year and PlastX featured a two-hour workshop.

20 September 2016

Announcement: Kick-off Workshop in October


Now that the newly formed PlastX research team is ready to take off, we are inviting partners from science and society to a first come-together for a kick-off workshop on the 20th of October.

10 September 2016

PlastX Scientists at the SETAC Conference


As every year, at the beginning of September, it was time for the annual meeting of the SETAC GLB (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry).

19 July 2016

Getting Started


We are very pleased to announce that the PlastX group was completed this July and immediately got involved in the plastic topic.

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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