Microplastics, Macroproblems: The science behind it and what you can do

What are microplastics? Who sent them? How to avoid them?


There are about 15 – 51 trillion individual pieces of microplastic in the ocean. That is about 200 times as many as there are stars in the Milky Way. To solve a problem, we need first to understand it. This is why we want to invite you to a much-needed moment of clarity on the topic.

Come rain or come shine, we will be zooming in on the not-so-tiny issue of microplastics and its ramifications for our health, our environment, and our planet. The Ecologic Institute, A Tip:Tap and Ocean. Now! will be sharing the stage to first explain, and then offer solutions to the rampant growth of microplastics. Bring a strange friend and help support the fight for clean, plastic-free, tasty water! There is no plan B for our water! Pirates, sailors, squids, scuba-divers, lake-goers, water drinkers of Berlin, see you at betahaus Kreuzberg for a purifying event!

This evening will be raising funds for Ocean. Now!, our partner organisation advocating for a general ban on micro-plastics in Germany.

“The concentration of microplastics in the ocean and waterways is rising constantly due to the global plastic problem. Meanwhile, microplastics are also intentionally added to cosmetics and cleaning products for a number of purposes, worsening the problem even further. In many international studies, it has been scientifically proven that microplastics are harmful for living organisms.”

We are looking forward to seeing you for an evening of learning and acting! There is no plan B for our planet!


About Plan A

Plan A is the first data- and community-driven action platform in the fight against climate change. We use data to predict where and how climate change will hit the hardest. Having identified climate issues on a local basis, we connect a community of environmental innovators to provide them with a channel to gather funding from individuals and businesses and implement their solutions in the best conditions. We have created a space for climate action to thrive.

Whether you are a supporter, a project leader, part of a company or a person with an interest in creating change, join us online to interact with a community of like-minded actors of climate action at: https://planaearth.mn.co

About the Ecologic Institute

The Ecologic Institute is an independent, academic think tank for environmental research and policy analysis. Since our founding in 1995, Ecologic Institute has been dedicated to improving environmental policy, sustainable development and policy practice.

Dr. Ulf Stein is a Fellow at Ecologic Institute in Berlin, where he coordinates the Ecologic Institute’s water activities. He joined Ecologic Institute in 2011 and has more than 10 years of professional experience in academic research and consulting services. His work focuses on the evaluation and enhancement of the European Union’s (EU) and German water policies and the sustainable management of water resources, particularly with respect to plastics in the environment, climate change adaptation, aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services, and environmental governance.


About a tip: tap

A tip: tap is a non-profit organisation, which fights against plastic and in favour of tap water.Plastic is very detrimental to our environment, it is estimated that we use more than 10 billion plastic bottles per year in Germany. Also, bottled water is expensive. For a family of 4, buying bottled water can amount to 1000,- Euros per year. So instead of wasting energy lugging water bottles to you 5th floor apartment here in Berlin, be lazy and drink tap!

About Ocean. Now!

Ocean. Now! was founded in June 2018. We started our first campaign “Microplastics in Cosmetics and Cleaning Products” in November 2018. Swaantje Güntzel is the artist we currently collaborate with. Our first project was a projection series of her artwork “Microplastics II”, accompanied by flash mobs at selected locations in Berlin. We set up a petition (open letter) to the German Minister of the Environment, asking her to introduce a ban for “Microplastics in Cosmetics and Cleaning Products”. Our goal is a public statement by the German government, announcing that the ban of “Microplastics in Cosmetics und Cleaning Products” will be introduced no later than 2020.


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