On the occasion of the annual meeting of the GDR Polymers & Ocean which took place from the 27th to the 29th of June, Diane de ConsultantSeas©, spokesperson for the Beyond Plastic Med Association, and 8 researchers in polymer sciences and humanities and social sciences presented the Beyond Plastic Med Business Club.
She presented the activities of the Business Club which illustrate the will to open a dialogue between scientists and companies to reduce plastic pollution in the Mediterranean. In particular, 2 main lines of action :
-The application of the eco-design approach to a multi-material flexible bag used in cosmetics and in the agro-food sector.
-The testing of alternative solutions to reduce the use of single-use plastics within a hotel.
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Open the science-industry dialogue on the basis of concrete cases against plastic pollution
Diane Vaschalde1*, Eric Boutin2, Stéphane Bruzaud3, Carole Charbuillet4, Lucile Courtial5, Daphné Duvernay2, Jean-François Ghiglione6, Nathalie Gontard7, Jean-Marc Meurville4
1. ConsultantSeas, Brest
2. Institut méditerranéen des sciences de l’information et de la communication, Université de Toulon, Toulon
3. Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lome (IRDL), CNRS-Université Bretagne Sud, Lorient
4. Institut Arts et Métiers de Chambéry-Université de Bordeaux, CNRS, Bordeaux INP, INRAE, I2M Bordeaux, F-73375 Le Bourget-du-Lac,
5. BeMed, Monaco
6. Laboratoire d’Océanographie Microbienne (LOMIC), CNRS-Sorbonne Université, Banyuls sur mer
7. Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement, UMR IATE, Centre Occitanie-Montpellier
The scientific community, civil society, international organizations and public authorities are calling for collective and coordinated action to prevent plastic pollution. What forms can this take? What place and what role can science play in supporting private sector actions? By bringing together twelve companies along the plastic value chain and a multidisciplinary scientific committee, the BeMed Business College aims to provide a space for dialogue between academic and private research to question and overcome the current model of plastic consumption. After two years of exchanges between researchers and industry, two pilot projects have emerged. The first pilot project concerns the eco-design of a flexible multi-material bag. It deals with the purpose of this type of packaging by mobilizing approaches in information and communication sciences, as well as its end of life by evaluating its biodegradability and its toxicity for the environment. The second pilot project is a demonstrator aimed at reducing single-use plastics in a large hotel. The aim is to encourage changes in behavior through the use of incentives (nudges) and to evaluate their acceptability to customers, as well as to avoid the transfer of environmental impacts through macro life cycle analyses of the various products. These projects provide examples of tools for science-industry dialogue that allow a pragmatic approach to the complex problem of plastic pollution based on concrete cases.