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    A study on how to move towards a circular plastics economy

    Mitt navn er Vilma Havas. Jeg jobber i SALT og har siden begynnelsen av 2019 jobbet med et doktorgradsprosjekt der jeg studerer den nåværende, lineære plastøkonomien, og hvordan den kan utvikles til å bli mer bærekraftig og sirkulær. I denne bloggen vil jeg gi et innblikk i arbeidet mitt de neste fire årene, gjennom å dele noen av funnene og erfaringene mine.

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    – Vilma

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    Denne studien er støttet av Norges Forskningsråd og Salt Lofoten (SALT). Veilederne mine er Jannike Falk-Andersson fra SALT, Lone Kørnøv fra Danish Center for Environmental Assessment ved Aalborg Universitet, og Jenna Jambeck fra University of Georgia.

    The cost-benefit relationship of marine litter recovery
    The cost-benefit relationship of marine litter recovery
    Recently, a concept paper by Jannike Falk-Andersson, Marthe Larsen Haarr and myself was published on Science of The Total Environment. In this paper, we discuss the cost-benefit ratio of marine litter clean-ups, i.e. the consideration of the clean-up efficiency as well as the potential for negative externalities that implementation of clean-up activities may have. These principles, catch per unit effort and the impact on non-target species, are well known from fisheries management. Perhaps it is time to apply these principles when developing marine litter clean-up schemes, too? [Les mer »]
    Calling for extended producer responsibility and centralized plastics recycling
    Calling for extended producer responsibility and centralized plastics recycling
    A few weeks ago, my colleague Brita Staal and I wrote a comment about the Norwegian packaging organization’s roadmap towards a circular plastics economy, published in Teknisk Ukeblad. In this comment, translated to English below, we called for more ambitious strategy that takes us from a linear plastics economy to a circular one within the next decade, not within 2050, as suggested by the roadmap. The comment focuses only on the roadmap, but the concepts can be applied more widely; we call for more focus on extending producer responsibility, standardizing of plastic materials for more efficient recycling and centralizing recycling efforts. I.e. the responsibility of the creation of a circular plastics economy must be moved from the consumer to the plastic producers, buyers and recyclers. [Les mer »]
    Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit 2019
    Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit 2019
    From the 23rd to the 24th of October, Our Ocean conference was arranged in Oslo. In addition to the official conference, Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) arranged a networking event for young professionals and students, called Youth Leadership summit (YLS). [Les mer »]
    A plastic problem or a people problem?
    A plastic problem or a people problem?
    In the last few years, the environmental challenges associated with increasing use of plastics have been very visible in the global media. Images of turtles, birds and whales entangled or suffocated in plastic waste have been filling our newsfeeds, creating a sense of urgency to get rid of plastics altogether. [Les mer »]
    Indonesia
    Indonesia
    In countries like Norway, where I live, the environmental impacts caused by plastic waste can feel distant. The waste management systems are relatively efficient, which is why the vast amounts of plastic waste we produce disappear from sight as soon as we’ve disposed of it. [Les mer »]