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A program of research in human sciences to change behaviors around plastic

Study and document ecosystems that have managed to do without plastic

Plastic Odyssey studies initiatives that have succeeded in reducing their use of plastic, documents them, and shares this data with anyone who would like to be inspired to replicate them all over the world.

Scientists are unanimous and the numbers are terrifying: our current plastic consumption is not sustainable and cannot last forever. We need a plan B. But how to change, and where to start?

Plastic Odyssey meets those who are in the process of writing this plan B, by conviction, by opportunity, or by constraint: a school that has succeeded in removing plastic from its cafeteria, a small town that has eradicated plastic bags by training women to make cloth bags, an island that teaches its young people how to make fishing gear out of palm leaves to eradicate plastic fishing nets…

Each of the identified cases is documented and freely disseminated, in order to inspire other actors, in other territories.

Maïté Abos, Awareness Manager at Plastic Odyssey

Kids voice

They share their ideas for getting rid of plastic

Suggestions and drawings from children to encourage us to break our addiction to plastic.

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Testimonies

They explain why they decided to take action

Interviews with those who are leading the change.

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Case studies

They have succeeded in getting rid of plastic

A library of documented cases, freely accessible.

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Listening to researchers

Conference “Destination zero plastic” – Friday, September 23, 2022, Marseille

Speakers

  • Baptiste Monsaingeon, Socio-anthropologist, University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, Author of Homo Detritus
  • Nelly Pons, Author of OcĂ©an plastique (Actes Sud, 2020)
  • Christophe Demarque, Associate Professor of Social Psychology, University of Aix-Marseille
  • Emmanuel Bonnet, Professor of Ecological Transition, ESC Clermont BS
  • Capucine Dupuy, Author of Plastic tac tic tac, published by Dargaud, La plume qui Ă©cume
  • ZoĂ« Le Monnyer, Research Manager, Plastic Odyssey

Listen to the Solution Providers

Testimonials from those who are making a difference against plastic

Vanessa Balci

She creates works of art from plastic waste

Mariam Keita

She transforms plastic waste into paving stones

Antoine Boudin

He replaces plastic cutlery with natural objects

Flore Vasseur

She films citizens who are making a difference

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Plastics: What if we changed strategy?

According to the latest OECD report ‘Global Plastic Perspectives’1, by 2060, human societies are expected to produce and use three times more plastic than in 2019. This means that we will consume more than 1.2 billion tonnes of plastic each year. Equivalent to 65 new plastic bags per person per day, based on a population of 10 billion people.

Yet, another path is possible: that of renunciation, which means the progressive, organized, delimited, and democratic abandonment of plastic. In other words, instead of asking how to live with it, let’s redirect our financial and scientific efforts to imagine how to live without it.

Together, designers, engineers, social science researchers, citizens, politicians, and industrialists, we decide to radically change strategy in order to build a post-plastic society.

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