The Secret Lives of Plastic: Materials, Recycling, Oceans, & Communication

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Tue, Apr 30 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tue, Apr 30 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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494 UCEN Rd., Isla Vista, CA 93117

The Secret Lives of Plastic: Materials, Recycling, Oceans, & Communication

More and more people are becoming aware of plastics gyres and microplastics in the oceans, cities around the world are banning plastic bags and straws, and China has stopped accepting most of the world’s plastic for recycling. Scientists, policy-makers, municipalities, industries, and countries are struggling with the positive and negative implications of plastic.

Topics include interdependencies and challenges in the life cycle of plastics, from the design of materials to uses, down- and up-recycling, energy and cost trade-offs, to pollution and ocean microplastics, sustainability, and communicating the issues.

This event brings together experts from universities (administrators, science/social science/humanities professors), government, non-profit agencies, and industry, and presents a fascinating and troubling film, to discuss a variety of timely questions.


Corwin Pavilion, UC Santa Barbara Tuesday April 30, 2-5 and 7-9


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