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lab 8: Decreasing plastic waste in Thailand

Join the lab of tomorrow and build viable products and solutions that create value! Value for your team and value for the world.

Applications are open until 31 July 2019

The challenge

How might we reduce, reuse or replace single-use plastic in order to decrease plastic waste in Thailand?

The Sub - Challenges

During the "Challenge Framing Workshops" in Bangkok and Frankfurt with several experts, the challenge has been broken down into more concrete and adressable sub-challenges.
These are in alphabetic order:

  1. End of single-use plastic beverage containers
    How might we replace all single use plastic beverage cups in a given safe space?
  2. Green consumer goods production
    How might we promote green consumer goods through a green currency?
  3. Households & cosmetics packaging
    How might we reduce single-use plastic packaging & promote reduced packaging retail in the household goods & cosmetic industry?
  4. Increasing recycling content
    How might we increase recycling content in single-use plastic?
  5. Processed foods packaging
    How might we reduce single-use plastic packaging in the processed food industry?
  6. Ready-to-eat food - plastic-free delivery
    How might we disrupt the delivery of ready-to-eat food to reduce single-use plastic whilst not jeopardizing hygiene?
  7. Tourism industry packaging reduction
    How might we promote sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic in the tourism industry?

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/

Who can contribute to solving the challenge?

lot 8 stakeholder

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.

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