A competition to encourage the reduction of plastics in the world's oceans will be launched by Dame Ellen MacArthur and the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles and Dame Ellen MacArthur tackle plastics

A competition to encourage the reduction of plastics in the world’s oceans will be launched by Dame Ellen MacArthur and the Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles, who has been campaigning on the issue for some time, has joined forces with the famous yachtswoman to tackle a problem he sees as an escalating ecological and human disaster.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) will launch the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize in central London.

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A competition to encourage the reduction of plastics in the world's oceans will be launched by Dame Ellen MacArthur and the Prince of Wales

A competition to encourage the reduction of plastics in the world's oceans will be launched by Dame Ellen MacArthur and the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles has joined forces with the famous yachtswoman to tackle a problem he sees as an escalating ecological disaster

Prince Charles has joined forces with the famous yachtswoman to tackle a problem he sees as an escalating ecological disaster

A competition to encourage the reduction of plastics in the world’s oceans will be launched by Dame Ellen MacArthur and the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles has joined forces with the famous yachtswoman to tackle a problem he sees as an escalating ecological disaster

INNOVATION PRIZE

The New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize features two elements.

A circular design challenge invites applicants to rethink how products can get to the consumer without generating plastic waste like wrappers, straws and coffee cup lids.

The circular materials challenge seeks ways to make all plastic packaging recyclable.

Entrants are competing for hundreds of thousands of pounds in grants.

Winners will enter a 12-month accelerator programme offering access to industry experts, commercial guidance and labs for testing and development.

The first winners will be announced later this year.

It will challenge groups and individuals to find new ways of designing packaging to help keep it out of the oceans.

Dame Ellen’s foundation published a report earlier this year with the World Economic Forum which claimed that by 2050, the oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish, by weight.

The yachtswoman said: ‘After 40 years of effort, globally only 14 per cent of plastic packaging is collected for recycling, with one third escaping collection and ending up in the environment.

‘If we want to change this, we must fundamentally rethink the way we make and use plastics.

‘We need better materials, clever product designs and circular business models.

‘That’s why we are launching the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize, calling for innovators, designers, scientists and entrepreneurs to help create a plastics system that works.’

Prince Charles, whose ISU has been campaigning for sustainability within the marine environment, will deliver the keynote speech at the launch event.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Prince's International Sustainability Unit will launch the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize in London. Pictured is Prince Charles and Dame Ellen joining forces in the fight to 'Save the Albatross' at an RSPB Dinner in 2005

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Prince's International Sustainability Unit will launch the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize in London. Pictured is Prince Charles and Dame Ellen joining forces in the fight to 'Save the Albatross' at an RSPB Dinner in 2005

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Prince’s International Sustainability Unit will launch the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize in London. Pictured is Prince Charles and Dame Ellen joining forces in the fight to ‘Save the Albatross’ at an RSPB Dinner in 2005

At a meeting earlier this year with business leaders, designers and material experts, the Prince called for a rethink in the way products are designed, saying the ‘re-use, recovery and regeneration’ model should be adopted.

The prize features two elements: A circular design challenge invites applicants to rethink how products can get to the consumer without generating plastic waste like wrappers, straws and coffee cup lids; while the circular materials challenge seeks ways to make all plastic packaging recyclable.

Entrants are competing for hundreds of thousands of pounds in grants and winners will enter a 12-month accelerator programme offering access to industry experts, commercial guidance and labs for testing and development.

The first winners will be announced later this year.

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