Can we design our plastic-pollution free future?

  • H.A. Leslie (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Bags, candy wraps, cigarette butts and drinking bottles have at least one thing in common: they are all found in the plastic soup, in waters around the world. Plastic long outlives all of us who use it and is on track to become a legacy pollutant of the Anthropocene. Plastic has been powerfully framed as a problem of the oceans, but our urban landscapes, indoor environment and food chain are also contaminated by persistent plastic. Environmental scientist Heather Leslie from the Dept. of Environment and Health, VU, Amsterdam organizes a workshop in which participants will discuss how plastic technology bit us back, and entertain ideas about designing e.g. packaging materials that are not destined for the plastic soup - or to be monotonous messages to the geological future. What if these designs were infused with a human intention of harmony with natural ecological systems and ourselves? Join this workshop to gain more knowledge in environmental processes of living and perishing, and to think about designing great stuff without a pollution afterlife.
Period17 Feb 2018
Event titleLife Time Biological Clocks of the Universe: Special Weekend
Event typeConference
LocationEindhoven, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational