FUTURE FABRICS EXPO LONDEN
Plastic Soup Foundation
by Eric Bernard
2w ago
On June 25 and 26, the Future Fabrics Expo 2024 took place in London. On the Thames, right across from the financial center, innovative companies gathered. The clothing sector’s negative impact on the earth is huge. The sector needs to become more sustainable: by now almost 70% of all clothing is made of plastic from oil. This results in a huge environmental impact and a threat to our health. The approach of this fair is to show that it is quite possible to make clothes from sustainable materials. The alternative to plastic is already available: more than 10,000 new materials and inn ..read more
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IN MEMORIAM – Dick Vethaak
Plastic Soup Foundation
by Eric Bernard
2w ago
On June two, 2024, my dear, brilliant friend Dick Vethaak passed away. “I am at peace,” he wrote to me in his last app, which was on Monday, May 6. With him is lost a great and progressive scientist, but above all, a wonderful husband and father. He was 70 years old. Dick was a biologist and toxicologist. He retired from VU University Amsterdam in 2020 as Emeritus Professor of Water Quality and Health. His long tenure at Deltares in Delft ended in April 2022. Yet he did not say goodbye. Among other things, he coordinated – until his death – the MOMENTUM project; the extensive Dutch Microplasti ..read more
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Towards a global Plastic Treaty
Plastic Soup Foundation
by Eric Bernard
1M ago
Round 4 of negotiations in Ottawa, Canada, PSF was there By the end of this year, there should be a global plastic treaty that will stop plastic pollution of our planet. Om dit te bereiken, organiseert de milieuafdeling van de Verenigde Naties de Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee on Plastic Pollution onderhandelingen. In Ottawa Canada vond de 4e ronde plaats, INC4. The new plastics treaty is considered one of the most important environmental agreements made since the Paris climate accords in 2015. The stakes are high and that was evident in Ottawa. Just a year ago, in May 2023, Round 2 ..read more
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Business has blind spot: 85% citizens are plastic tired
Plastic Soup Foundation
by Eric Bernard
3M ago
Eighty-five per cent of citizens want single-use plastic packaging to disappear completely. This is according to new research by Ipsos commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Plastic Free Foundation. Entrepreneurs who abandon packaging or make it more sustainable seem to have tapped into a goldmine – but part of the business community is still deaf and dumb. ‘People are getting fed up with all the plastic in the supermarket.’ So-called single-use plastics are responsible for most of the plastic pollution in the oceans, the plastic soup. The European Union has already taken actio ..read more
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What’s the deal with the Plastic Soup again?
Plastic Soup Foundation
by Robin Prins
4M ago
March 15 2024 That’s what readers of news site nu.nl on their comment platform Nujij were wondering. In a recent article [Dutch], the site spoke to Plastic Soup Foundation and others to discuss the state of tackling the plastic problem. Plastic pollution of rivers and oceans is getting worse every day. PSF’s Jeroen Dagevos tells Nu.nl that the situation is dramatic: “We are at the point where future generations will continue to see how much plastic we used.” This applies not only to the plastic in the water, but also to plastic in our bodies, which is now linked to cancer, autoimmune problems ..read more
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Impact Fair, 4,5,6 April – Jaarbeurs Utrecht.
Plastic Soup Foundation
by Robin Prins
4M ago
March 15 2024 The first Impact Fair is Europe’s largest Impact Experience. An interactive ‘immersive’ experience of impactful examples. There are 9 stages with master classes, launches, inspiration and concrete tools to get started. Plastic Soup Foundation is happy to participate in providing good examples, such as talking about our Beat The Microbead app and the impact of microplastics on our health. For whom? For anyone who wants to contribute in a positive way and is looking for inspiration! Discover, feel & experience what you can do differently tomorrow. On Thursday 4 April, mainly co ..read more
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15 Environmental organisations join forces against Europe’s largest plastic project by Ineos
Plastic Soup Foundation
by Robin Prins
5M ago
22 February 2024 On 22 February 2024, lawyers from ClientEarth, in collaboration with 14 other environmental organisations, including Plastic Soup Foundation, took new steps to block INEOS’ plastic project in Antwerp, as the chemical giant is determined to build Europe’s largest plastic project. This joint effort results in a lawsuit against the Flemish government, marking a new phase in this group of environmental organisations’ long-running battle against INEOS’ so-called ‘Project One’. Read Client Earth’s press release here. This legal move stems from an earlier court ruling in July, which ..read more
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Alarming consumption of nanoplastics: The hidden risk in disposable bottles
Plastic Soup Foundation
by Robin Prins
6M ago
16 january 2023 New scientific research reveals alarming facts about our daily water and soft drink consumption. It turns out that with every plastic PET bottle, we ingest hundreds of thousands of tiny plastic particles. Previous studies already pointed to the presence of microplastics in disposable bottles, but the number of 240,000 particles per litre is so alarming that it raises health questions. From bottle to body The study, using a specialised laser technique, focused on water bottles from three US brands and found that as many as 90% of the plastic particles found were nanoplastics and ..read more
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BAN ON SHIPPING PLASTIC WASTE OUTSIDE THE EU
Plastic Soup Foundation
by Elleanora Mackor
8M ago
28 november 2023 Last week, the European Commission decided to ban waste exports to countries outside the European Union with a revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation. It is no longer allowed to ship plastic waste to countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Plastic Soup Foundation welcomes this measure, as these countries have major problems processing European plastic waste. Unfortunately, the ban does not solve everything, the shortcuts still remain to countries like Turkey and it also does not solve the illegal waste flow. It is now prohibited to ship waste to non-OECD countri ..read more
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FRUSTRATION ENDS UN MEETING ON PLASTICS
Plastic Soup Foundation
by Elleanora Mackor
8M ago
28 november 2023 As all 2,000 participants headed home after the third meeting of the United Nations Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (UNEP) on Plastic Pollution (INC-3), disappointment reigned. Initially, progress seemed to have been made, but it was overshadowed by failed negotiations on the final day. The ultimate goal of the convention – ending plastic pollution – did not come any closer during the session held from 13 to 19 November in Nairobi, Kenya. Differences of opinion flared up over how much, and even if, plastic production should be reduced, an idea that did figure prominent ..read more
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