Preparations at HCMR

23rd of May

The adventure has started! Today was a very hard day at HCMR but really important for our experiment: we prepared and cleaned all the equipment for the experiment with diluted HCl and water! It seems easy, but to wash each tank at least 3 people were needed!
And in the afternoon we placed  the very protagonists of this experiment: mesocosms! They are not so little, they seem like big baskets containing around 3000 litres… of sea water! and 3 of them, microplastics that we will add! Everything is going good at HCMR, even if we had some last doubts before the very beginning and some little problems that were easily solved. Besides such things are just a routine for scientists! All the researchers are very gentle and nice with us, we had so much fun during the whole day in the lab! And we are also trying to learn some Greek words…
Meanwhile we enjoy the Greek cuisine!





New experiment!

Check out our new page MESO-Plastic Experiment @Cretacosmos, Greece! We are on the field getting ready for the start. Chiara will take care of updating the page with news and pictures! You can check it out!


BSc Thesis on Microplastics in PCCPs in Italy!

On November 14th, 2016, BSc student Carmenzita D’Atri successfully defended her thesis for the BSc Degree in “Prevention techniques in the environment and working places”. Thesis title: “Study on Microplastics in Consumer’s Products in Italy“. This is the first study of this kind in Italy: Carmenzita conducted a survey in popular supermarkets in Siena looking for micro plastics-free and micro plastics-full personal care and consumer’s products. Carmenzita started drafting the first Italian review of products for the international campaign Beat the Microbead. Her BSc thesis was sponsored by EU-project POSEIDOMM. Thanks Carmenzita for the great job and hope to find many more motivated people following your first step!


Plastic microbeads will be banned in Canada, effective mid-2018

OTTAWA – The federal government says it will ban the sale of shower gels, toothpaste and facial scrubs containing plastic microbeads, effective July 1, 2018.

A notice published Friday in the Canada Gazette serves as final notice on the long-running environmental complaint, and it sets Canada on a timetable that follows the United States for removing the tiny pollutant from Canadian waters.

Continue reading here (Globalnews Canada)



Approvata alla Camera la proposta di legge 3852 – no alle microplastiche nei cosmetici

da Ufficio Stampa Marevivo, 26 Ottobre 2016. Per leggere il comunicato per intero cliccare QUI.

Ok della Camera per la cosmesi sostenibile: più potere ai cittadini che vogliono combattere il “mostro” della plastica

La Camera ha approvato all’unanimità un testo sulla cosmesi sostenibile – nato dalla proposta di legge Realacci e da quella analoga presentata da Abrignani, di cui sono state relatrici Gadda e Mucci – che ha l’obiettivo di calcolare l’impatto dei cosmetici sull’ambiente, stimolare una cosmesi più green e dare ai cittadini una certificazione ecologica trasparente e garantita dalle istituzioni pubbliche. Tale provvedimento ha assorbito anche la proposta di legge per vietare l’uso della microplastica nei cosmetici, frutto della campagna “Mare mostro” di Marevivo.

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