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Plastic Waste Free Islands

The Plastic Waste Free Island project with the IUCN, supported by Norad, has been running since 2019. We analysed the plastic volumes and pathways on six islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific. (Antigua Barbuda, St Lucia, Grenada, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu). Then we designed 9 solutions to reduce, reuse or recycle the waste, redirecting it from already overflowing landfills and incineration. The overall mission is to stop the flow of plastic waste into the surrounding ocean, protecting the islands' environment and economy. Plastic does not belong in the ocean. We must #closethetap.

  • Emma Samson
  • Emma Samson
  • Emma Samson
  • John Van Den Heuvel
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    environment, science
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    1 minute 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 EUR
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Director Biography - Emma Samson

Emma Samson is British expat living in the Netherlands. She works for Searious Business – a company committed to bring plastic pollution back to zero. She is proud to join the fight against ocean plastic by spreading the word to the ears that matter.

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Director Statement

Working on this project was an amazing experience. Island nations are facing imminent danger from plastic pollution. As well as the plastic waste that washes up on their beaches, they are producing tonnes of it every day and there is nowhere for it to go. If we can change the situation on small islands, maybe we can tackle slightly bigger landmasses!