Lecture: Reduce Plastic Waste

What do the following items have in common? Liquid laundry detergent, tooth paste, tomatoes and raspberries? They all come with plastic packaging. Questions following from this observation could be: how can I reduce this amount, and, is plastic a bad thing? GO, WEP and RUW organised a lecture evening to answer, among others, these questions.

Karin van de Stadt (Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken) explained how packaging is more than the producer trying to get the product to the customer, but also has to do with product safety and costs. Karin Molenveld (Food & Biobased Research, WUR) taught us the different origens of plastic and that biobased does not necessarily mean biodegradable. The final speaker was Wim van Dijk who is planning to start Bag & Buy, the first packaging free shop in the Netherlands. His plan is currently in the crowdfunding phase, if you want to know more or wish to support him, click here.

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