So, what can we do about this?
We know that plastic waste destroys ecosystems, harms wildlife and has negative health and economic effects on societies that depend on the wellbeing of the environment – and yes, that’s all of us.
We know that we need to reduce the use of plastics and aim at zero plastic waste leaking into the environment by improving waste management systems.
We know that the need for a paradigm shift in the plastics economy is urgent, and that all levels of society need to be involved in the fight against the negative impacts caused by a flawed system.
Therefore, what we need now is a toolbox of best practices that will help us reinvent the global plastics economy and secure a cleaner and healthier future for all.
In this PhD project, my goal is to contribute to the development of this toolbox, through studying the social, economic and institutional bottlenecks that hinder the shift towards a circular plastics economy. I will identify solutions at a local level, while simultaneously considering the environmental impacts of these solutions globally.
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