Plastic Mythbusters

Plastic Mythbusters is a quiz which fact checks popular myths and misconceptions concerning plastic pollution in the environment. It seeks to catalyse wider discussions of popular plastics related myths which regularly feature in media, public and policy discussions about the topic. Plastic Mythbusters aims to increase the scientific evidence, enhance wider understanding on the topic and create awareness of the challenges in combating this complex problem, especially when scientific evidence is still emerging. The online resource is part of the Microplastic Compendium and it coincides with the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-3) on Plastic Pollution in November 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Plastic Mythbusters

Contributing Partners:

Ralf Ebinghaus, Lars Hildebrandt, Daniel Pröfrock, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon,
Anja Krieger, Ahnen & Enkel, Plastisphere Podcast
Lesley Henderson, University of Strathclyde

External scientists involved in the fact check:

Edward J. Carpenter, San Francisco State University
Bart Koelmans, Wageningen University
Peter Ryan, University of Cape Town
Marcus Eriksen, The 5 Gyres Institute
Clark Richards, Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Lauren Biermann, Victor Martinez Vicente, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Henning Wilts, Wuppertal Institute Research Division Circular Economy
Frederik Wurm, University of Twente
Linda Amaral-Zettler, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
Melanie Bergmann, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
Tim van Emmerik, Hydrology and Environmental Hydraulics Group Wageningen University
Kristian Syberg, Roskilde University
Sedat Gündoğdu, Çukurova University

Maaike Vercauteren, Ghent University

The Microplastic Compendium and the Plastic Mythbusters were developed as part of the Coastal Pollution Toolbox. This portal serves as a knowledge hub and information platform for decision-makers and scientists not only for the important problem of plastic pollution but the wider pollution realm.

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