14 November 2018

Getting a blue glimpse of the Our Ocean Conference 2018




We had the chance to visit the Our Ocean Conference, which took place this year on October 29.

30. in Bali, Indonesia. The conference, set up by US-politician John Kerry in 2014, is a multi-stakeholder platform

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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

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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25 April 2018

Summer School “Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations”




Call for Participation: We are thrilled to announce the summer school “Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations” organized by PlastX researchers together with the ISOE – Institute of Social-Ecological Research!

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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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21 February 2018

Vietnam’s island Phu Quoc: What’s left from the paradise?




Vietnam gained dubious fame: Its one of the top five countries contributing most to marine litter. So, what’s the case? Insights from my first field study: The case of Phu Quoc.

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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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31 January 2017

Interview in Technology Review




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

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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.

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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?

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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!”

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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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