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Results of the conference "Microplastic in the Environment – Sources, Impacts & Solutions”

The international conference and exhibition on “Microplastic in the Environment”, organised by nova-Institute on 23–24 November 2015 in Cologne, Germany, attracted 170 participants from 20 countries. The delegates received first-hand information on the sources and impacts of microplastics in the environment and discussed possible solutions – including biodegradable plastics for specific applications. Participants from various disciplines such as marine and environmental protection, plastic and recycling industries and bioeconomy met and learned from each other in lively discussions.

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The release of microplastics into the environment is a topic of major concern. The United Nations, national governments, environmental agencies, non-governmental organisations and many more interested parties are looking for solutions. Can the substitution of conventional materials with biodegradable and bio-based materials be a possible solution for certain applications when the release of plastic into the environment cannot be avoided?
 

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