The "Plastics in the Mediterranean: beyond the facts, what solutions?" Conference reunited a number of public and private stakeholders concerned by maritime pollution caused by plastic waste, in the presence of Prince Albert II and Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology.
"It is a major challenge to rethink our relationship with plastics and find technical, regulatory and behavioral solutions to make it less harmful to the environment" said Philippe Mondielli, scientific director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation which co-organized this conference with the Surfrider Foundation Europe, Tara Expeditions and the Mava Foundation, in partnership with the Veolia Foundation.
"We are living on credit by consuming 50% more resources than the Earth is able to regenerate" warned Bernard Harambillet, CEO of Veolia’s waste recovery and recycling division for France. Today, the reality requires practical solutions to recover an ever increasing portion of the 275 million tons of plastic waste generated every year and our responsibility requires us to implement more comprehensive solutions for the future: stop pollution and involve all users of plastic packaging, from the product design stage, in a truly circular industrial economy."
Beyond awareness-raising, Tara Expeditions is continuing its work by analyzing the plastic waste it collected in laboratories to identify pollution and measure its impact on marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean. Objective: guide policy makers and research towards the development of biodegradable plastics.