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2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge - Design and Engineering Track

Welcome, 2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge participants!

Marine plastic is one of the most pressing environmental problems facing our time, and urgent action is needed to turn the tide and save our oceans.

UN Environment, in partnership with Think Beyond Plastic™, is inviting university students to take part in the 2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge to accelerate the search for solutions to help solve the marine litter problem.

We are searching for the most innovative engineering solution and a business plan to prevent plastic pollution in the marine environment through innovations in material, technology, or product design/re-design.  We are open to a range of opportunities, from early stage innovations to near-market solutions that have the potential to be manufactured to scale.

Examples of materials innovation include bio-benign materials from sustainable sources that do not compete with the human food chain, such as agricultural waste, pulp, and others; examples of product design include improved washing machine filters to reduce the influx of microplastics from textiles; packaging design to minimize unnecessary single-use plastic waste or exposure of good and beverage to plastic; and industrial design that, for example, minimizes plastic intensity in products.

One winner in each category will be announced at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California (March 12-16, 2018). Winners will have the chance to present their ideas at the conference and gain entry into the Think Beyond Plastic annual acceleration program.

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The 2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge is open to any university students who are 18 or above at the time of submissions. The challenge is not open to employees or contractors of Think Beyond Plastics and the United Nations, its specialized agencies, or its Funds or Programmes, including UN Environment. Additionally, any person directly or indirectly involved with organizing the Challenge, or their direct family members, may not take part in the Challenge.

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