On the 4th of February I represented Plastic Oceans International in Lisbon Portugal at the launch event of the Portuguese Plastics Pact. It’s the 6th Pact worldwide after the UK, France, Chile, the Netherlands and South Africa. In Portugal the implementation is being led by Smartwaste Portugal.
The Core Basics
A circular economy is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste because it involves continual use of resources.
In practice, it implies reducing waste to a minimum. When a product reaches the end of its life, its materials are kept within the economy wherever possible. These can be productively used again and again.
With Craig Leeson, and Mariana Soto from Plastic Oceans Mexico, I attended the Single -Use Plastics, A Challenge for Everyone conference organized by the Columbia Attorney General´s office on Wednesday, April 3, in Santa Marta.
Envisioning a Circular Packaging System
Plastic Oceans International Global Executive Director Julie Andersen will be taking part in the AMERIPEN Salon at EarthX on Friday, April 26 form 11:45 am to 4:00 pm. This invite only event will focus on the discussion of defining a National research and development strategy for circular packaging, identifying what types of programs and policies are needed, and where to focus the drive of US leadership in the circular packaging system.
¿Cómo hacer realidad la Economía Circular y la Sustentabilidad en las Américas?
CEFA es un evento de alto nivel de 2 días que ofrece sesiones únicas e interactivas que acogen a una amplia gama de oradores internacionales, incluidos oradores inspiradores que fomentan la reflexión y el pensamiento, y conocimientos y experiencias prácticas compartidas por desarrolladores y actores en el campo de la economía circular.
Plastic Oceans Chile es co-organizador de esta conferencia.
CEFA2018 is a 2-day high-level event that offers unique and interactive sessions, work shops, and networking opportunities hosting a wide range of international speakers, including inspirational speakers who encourage reflection and thinking, and developers and practitioners in the field of Circular Economy sharing their practical experience and insights.
Plastic Oceans Chile always looks for ways to push for the transition towards a circular economy and is proudly co-organizer of this conference!
Today’s guest blog is from Héctor Loyola, co-founder of Qactus and communications director.
Qactus is a company that merges two worlds as never before: plastic waste and 3D printing technology.
3D printing came to shake up the way things are produced and bought, since it allows to manufacture objects locally, in a customized way and at low costs. Its 25% annual growth indicates that it will be one of the main technologies in the near future and an important source of opportunities for industries as distant as health, fashion or food.
Together We Are Stronger
What do we do when someone tells us something we believed to be true is false?
That’s where we find ourselves now with our relationship with plastic. Plastic is great because we thought it made our lives easier, affordable, healthier…. and it just disappeared. Unfortunately, our plastic waste does not disappear. It doesn’t return to the earth in a neutral form – it only continues to pollute our water sources and soil like a disease.
Packaging is the single biggest application of plastic globally and impacts our lives on a daily basis. Over the past half century, we have moved from reusable solutions to disposable, single-use items. Meanwhile, the recycling system hasn’t kept pace: today less than 10% of all plastic produced is recycled leaving the rest to either end up in landfill or our oceans.