The European Union has allocated EUR 8.4 million for the joint Bioplasic Europe project to tackle plastics in seas. The project is part of its Horizon 2020 research programme. The consortium leader and initiator of the project, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), will receive almost EUR 1 million of those monies. A total of 22 international partners in science, industry and associations are part the four-year research project, which is expected to start in autumn 2019. Nearly “70 per cent” of the approximately 10 million tons of waste that are washed into the oceans every year are made of plastic, studies show.
Biobased materials based on renewable raw materials
“Reducing the consumption of plastic is no longer enough,” said Prof. Walter Leal, co-ordinator of the project at HAW. “Although this is an important step, new plastic substitutes must be produced using biobased materials.” The consortium will investigate problems associated with the treatment and disposal of plastic waste to encourage innovations in the production of bio plastics. This is produced based on renewable raw materials, is biodegradable and therefore less dangerous for fauna, flora and human health, he added.
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