Littering causes serious harm to the environment. Therefore it is important to inform people all over the world and let them know that at the end of their life cycle, plastics are too valuable to be thrown away. Two campaigns supported by PlasticsEurope are raising awareness on this global topic.

MARLISCO Video Contest Winners invited to the European Maritime Day

The European-funded MARLISCO Project (Marine Litter in European Seas - Social Awareness and Co-Responsibility, 2012-2015) - which PlasticsEurope is a partner of - successfully held its Video Contest in 14 countries around European seas. 380 videos from Italy, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Slovenia, Ireland, Romania, Germany, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Turkey were submitted to the competition, involving over 2,000 youngsters (aged 9-19) from 118 schools across Europe. 
86 representatives from the national winning teams were invited to the European Maritime Day conference held in Bremen on 19-20 May, to participate in the Ceremony organised by the European Commission DG MARE. On 19th May, the students received an official tribute from DG MARE’s Commissioner Maria Damanaki. They also had the opportunity to present their short films reflecting their personal views to more than 1,000 conference participants, inviting them all to take actions to protect our oceans.
Read more on www.marlisco.eu and http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/en

PlasticsEurope and its members involved in "Let’s Clean Up Europe” campaign

On the occasion of the "Let’s Clean-Up Europe” campaign which is part of the "European Week for Waste Reduction” , supported by the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik, PlasticsEurope and several of its member companies took action and initiated/supported various initiatives (see news). The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness, enhance education towards anti-littering behaviour and strengthen sustainable consumption practices. One of our actions took place on 16th May around PlasticsEurope offices in Brussels. Employees and high-level representatives of the European plastics industry (picture) informally debated on the topic and joined a clean-up action in the streets and parks around PlasticsEurope HQs.

The plastics industry is aware of its responsibility in society, as stated in "The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter” which is a public pledge by a global industry to tackle a global problem: plastics in the marine environment. Today, the coalition counts 60 members and more than 150 projects contributing to sustainable solutions, focusing on public-private partnerships to prevent marine litter, increasing research, enhancing public policy and sharing best practices on plastics recycling/recovery and plastic pellet containment.  
Did you know ?
  • Main countries of Europe will save at least 78.000 tons of plastics per year if the produced pens were made from recycled plastic.