Ocean Plastic Waste

Ocean Plastic Waste

– Making the Oceans great again - and a profit in the process?



Plastic waste has reached all the world's oceans, fuelled by many million additional pieces of plastic pollution entering the seven seas every day. Macroplastics cause entanglement and starvation by clogging the digestive tracts of animals and birds; microplastics are ingested by smaller marine life and are passed up the food chain; while nanoplastics can penetrate barriers in the digestive tract and migrate into mussel- and brain-tissue. Clearly, we must reduce the flow of plastic into the oceans, retrieve what’s already there, and recycle used plastics into valuable raw materials! But how? By whom? And who will pay for the effort?

Plastic at the beach

Relevant competency

Students from all backgrounds are welcome, provided they aspire to be part of the solutions, rather than the problems, associated with how we use and dispose of plastics in a green and circular economy. Finding sustainable solutions to global challenges by exploring innovative business opportunities clearly requires ideas and insights from all disciplines.

About the village

Waste = resources gone astray. Capturing this value help alleviate poverty and preserve the environment. A circular economy system employs reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling to create a closed-loop system, minimizing the use of resource inputs and the creation of waste, pollution and carbon emissions. The waste hierarchy model focuses on extracting the maximum benefits from products and generating the minimum amount of waste. To be sustainable, waste management clearly cannot be based on technical end-of-pipe solutions alone – i.e. an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach is essential. Environmental assessment studies the impacts of manufactured products, from raw material extraction and processing, through the manufacture, distribution and use, to the recycling or disposal of the materials.

The village will interact with the “Interns Sustainability” project under NTNUs Action Ocean Plastic Waste, working closely with www.SST.org.za, the leading force on the African Continent in the fight against ocean plastic waste. Businesses and other NGOs are invited to provide practical, operational, and real-life exposure and experience. These external partners are also encouraged to consider engaging our villagers for summer jobs and internships, thereby facilitating in-depth pursuit of particular challenges or innovative solutions in subsequent project work and master theses.

The aim of this village is to provide significant and sustainable reductions in plastic waste and marine pollution by motivating and equipping innovators and future leaders to (i) explore business opportunities in plastic waste management, (ii) effectively prevent more with plastic pollution to occur, and (iii) fill in holes in the global knowledge base.

Fakta om landsbyen - TEP4854

Course code: TEP4854
Village title: Ocean Plastic Wase
Type: Semester-based, virtual
Language: English
Village supervisors: 
Karl Klingsheim & Helge Brattebø
Contact information: Karl Klingsheim
Semester: Spring 2021
Location: Online

Students must have a computer with camera and microphone.   
In this village there is mandatory attendance to:   

  • The village meetings every Wednesday at 09.00-12.00.
  • Weekley group meetings. Each team has a certain flexibility to schedule their meeting time every week   
  • Individual work between village meetings and group meetings