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:
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 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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