This 4th issue of BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE’s Newsletter marks the mid-point of our project. Despite difficult working conditions under pandemic restrictions, the project has been progressing well over the past two years, with two more to go.
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This Newsletter issue has two articles related to distinctive aspects and solutions to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: on environmental aspects of face mask choice (by Maren Fendt) and on the current increase of plastic household waste (by Viktoria Voronova). We also feature contributions on the impacts of plastics on the terrestrial ecosystem (by Ewa Liwarska-Bizukojc), views on sustainable plastics consumption (by Anna Fråne) and perspectives for recycling of biodegradable bio-based plastics (by Freddys Beltrán, Marina Arrieta, Jorge Ramírez, María de la Orden, and Joaquín Martínez Urreaga).
We felt that it was time to share the results of our efforts on topics that are of interest to the general population. Our intention is not only to inform the public on those specific topics, but also to show how science-based work is developed and how we all can make better, informed choices based on research that is being undertaken in world-class institutions.
You can access the Newsletter as a PDF or read it as the following posts:
- Face masks – safe, but no sustainable, by Maren Fendt, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany,
- Impacts of plastics on terrestrial ecosystem, by Ewa Liwarska-Bizukojc, Lodz University of Technology, Poland,
- No silver bullet for sustainable plastic consumption, by Anna Fråne, Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden,
- Distributed recycling: an alternative for some bio-based and biodegradable plastics, by Freddys R. Beltrán, Marina P. Arrieta, Jorge Ramírez, María U. de la Orden, Joaquín Martínez Urreaga, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain,
- Increase of plastic household waste due to Covid-19, by Viktoria Voronova, Technical University of Tallinn, Estonia.
To those who have been in touch with our project and to the newcomers, we wish you all a great read!