Plastic waste as a marine pollutant is a severe global concern. Several initiatives have therefor started around the world to try to influence people’s behavior. In Sweden, an awareness campaign called “Optimist for the sea” (Optimist för havet) wants to stop the supply of plastics to the sea by spreading knowledge about the problem and at the same time engage children and adults in possible solutions.
Plastic litter has been collected by volunteers and will
be recycled and converted into five prototype boats
(optimist dinghies) during spring 2019. Experts from SSPA are crafting the dinghies with support from Chalmers University of Technology and their researchers with knowledge in how to handle different plastic materials.
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