Idea #94 & #95 from the EYE2018 Report
The amount of plastic in the world’s ocean is estimated at 150 million tons. That is roughly one-fifth of the weight of all the fish in our oceans. The EU should take action to reduce plastic.
- fund research into alternative materials (such as mushrooms) to make plastic
- promote plastic-free products, notably by providing stores with plastic-free gadgets to give away, for everyday life (bamboo for example can be used for reusable utensils)
- make it mandatory to label products, specifying if a product contains plastic, in which quantity and what kind of plastic ( for example if the plastic is reused or if it has been produced from sources which are less polluting.)
- fund joint teams and projects of engineers, architects and scientists to develop new solutions to clean our seas
- Take inspiration from projects like the Pacific Garbage Screening, founded by Marcella Hansch, who suggested the development of a non-polluting platform that could be installed in rivers and oceans to filter out plastics. In the oceans, such a platform calms down the currents passing through a canal system and as a result, the plastic items, being lighter, slowly rise to the surface. There would be no use of nets, so fish can pass through the platform without danger.
1. Why and how would this idea benefit young people?
2. Which groups in society would be impacted by this idea, and how can their different interests be accommodated?
3. What would be the practical steps to implement this idea in your town, your region, your country and/or at the level of the EU?