At the beginning of June, we at Venice Lagoon Plastic Free organised and hosted – alongside research body CNR-ISMAR – the second edition of the International Workshop for the Removal of Marine Litter and the Circular Economy for H2020 projects In-No-Plastic and MAELSTROM. The event, which took place as part of this year’s EU Green Week, was a decided success, allowing project partners, stakeholders, and other relevant organisations from around the world to come together and share solutions in the fight against plastic pollution.
Here’s a quick run-down of the event itself.
The International Boat Show of Venice
An event renowned for its innovative products, our international workshop took place within the historic walls of the Venice Arsenale: the prestigious location of the International Boat Show, or ‘Salone Nautico’.
A destination which is widely visited by those who work with the ocean this setting proved the perfect backdrop for our workshop for In-No-Plastic and MAELSTROM, which primarily tackled the removal of marine litter as well as circular economy solutions.
International Workshop for In-No-Plastic and MAELSTROM
The day was split into two distinct sections: technology for the removal of marine litter and circular economy solutions. Chaired respectively by Fantina Madricardo, MAELSTROM Project Coordinator, and Davide Poletto, Executive Director at Venice Lagoon Plastic Free, the workshop allowed associations and companies from across the globe to place their marine litter removal technologies and solutions in the spotlight.
Examples of the technology presented within the first section of the workshop include: The Great Bubble Barrier, River Cleaning Solutions, Probotica, Tecnalia, and more. In terms of circular economy solutions, presentations were made by chemical recycling experts Sintol, sustainable 3D printers Caracol, and EMI, whose trainers made from recycled waste plastic were a hit with audience members.
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