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lab 8: Decreasing plastic waste in Thailand


Applications are open until 15 July 2019


The challenge


How might we reduce, reuse or substitute single-use plastic in order to decrease plastic waste landing in rivers and oceans in Thailand?

Background information


According to The New Plastics Economy Report*, $80-120 billion in annual economic value is lost due to uncontrolled plastic in oceans.

Every year, approximately 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the sea, making plastic the #1 pollutant in marine systems. Over half of land-based plastic waste leakage comes from just 5 countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Plastic waste creates a range of environmental impacts, harming ocean wildlife, accumulating in our food chain and inducing massive costs to the tourism industry, amongst many others. Moreover, plastic is a valuable resource difficult to recover once sent to landfills or landing in the environment.

The issue of plastic waste pollution touches on several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is now high on both political and civil society agendas. Numerous initiatives – such as the PREVENT Waste Alliance, which connects stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia in Europe and low and middle income countries for the transition towards a circular economy – aim at more reasonable production, consumption and re-usage patterns for plastic or the outright substitution of it.

The 8th lab of tomorrow process gives you the opportunity to participate in solving the challenge of decreasing plastic waste in Thailand by addressing it with innovative business models.

* Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2017): https://newplasticseconomy.org/

The sub-challenges


Sub-challenges serve to break down the general challenge into practicable problems with business potential. In preparation for the innovation workshop in September 2019, diverse sub-challenges will be identified and continuously refined.

For defining the sub-challenges, there will be two so-called “challenge framing workshops”: Design thinking coaches and subject matter experts support key stakeholders in developing specific and workable sub-challenges that match the stakeholders’ interests.

Thai challenge framing workshop: 6 June 2019, Bangkok.

German challenge framing workshop: 26 June 2019, Frankfurt. This workshop will take place one day prior to the “Plastic Free World Conference & Expo” on 27 and 28 June 2019 at Frankfurt Messe.

The exact location and timeframe of the workshops will follow soon.

Join one of the workshops to take on an active role in shaping the sub-challenges that will be tackled in the innovation workshop. Share your ideas and interests and get an in-depth understanding of the sub-challenges and their business potential. If you are interested in participating in one of the challenge framing workshops, contact us at lab-of-tomorrow@giz.de.

Examples of sub-challenges: in which direction will you take your business model?


lot 8 examples of sub-challenges

Who can contribute to solving the challenge?


lot 8 potential stakeholders

The 8th lab of tomorrow process is being implemented in cooperation with the GIZ projects "Export Initiative Environmental Technology" and "Advance Sustainable Consumption and Production", which is based in Thailand.

Interested in the results of previous processes? Visit our Insights page.

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