Plastik in der Umwelt: Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven

Plastik in der Umwelt: Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven

Discussion paper of the Cross-Cutting Topic 4 "Social and Political Dimension of Plastics in the Environment"

Plastic is a material of immense social importance and presence. It is therefore necessary to not only consider technical solutions in order to develop plastic reduction strategies, but also involve the social dimension.

In this discussion paper, the social dimensions of plastics in the environment are examined from various perspectives and disciplines, making them more tangible for researchers as well as for stakeholders in politics, media and industry. The paper thus serves as a basis for inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation in the development of plastic reduction strategies.

The authors point out the challenges that arise in regard of the diverse fields of application and the international circulation of plastics. They emphasize that there is a need for action, especially for stakeholders from industry, politics and society. Furthermore, solution strategies should take into account the entire life cycle of plastics and not only address late stages.

These and other findings can be found in the discussion paper, which is available for download [PDF] in German.

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