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Helsinki invites 'speedy experiments' to help clean up Baltic Sea

Companies, start-ups and research groups are invited to submit ideas that prevent plastic waste in the Helsinki area to support the Baltic Sea Challenge.

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Photo courtesy: Baltic Sea Challenge/Canva
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The City of Helsinki has donated €50,000 to Baltic Sea protection, for use in the new Baltic Sea Challenge (BSC) campaign to help prevent plastic waste.

 

It will help the BSC network fund between three and five ideas for one- to six-month “speedy experiments” that contain innovative solutions or targeted interventions for preventing plastic waste in the Helsinki area.

 

Action plan

 

The Baltic Sea Challenge is a network initiative of 270 organisations from Finland and the other Baltic Sea countries that have committed to the protection of the Baltic Sea. It was initiated by the mayors of Helsinki and Turku and the cities updated their joint action plan last year.

 

About 70 per cent of the waste that ends up in the Baltic Sea is plastic. Most of this comes from dining, smoking and discarded packaging, carried out to sea by rivers, drainage systems and wind.

 

Marine litter causes problems for both people and the environment. Plastic waste is particularly problematic, as it breaks down slowly and may transmit harmful chemicals through the food chain to fish, for example.

 

The campaign aims to discover solutions and services that can prevent or reduce the amount of plastic waste in shore areas and sea environments.

 

BSC’s speedy experiment campaign seeks to try out new ideas and test their functionality in the early development phases. The Baltic Sea Challenge will purchase the selected experiments for between €1,000 and €8,000, provided the ideas can be executed within a maximum of six months in the Helsinki area.

 

The campaign aims to discover solutions and services that can prevent or reduce the amount of plastic waste in shore areas and sea environments. It also hopes to promote the reuse of plastic waste collected from the sea, increase general awareness about the marine litter problem, and encourage concrete action to protect the Baltic Sea.

 

Companies, start-ups, associations and research groups are invited to submit their experiment ideas. The application process is open to all, providing they are members of either the Finnish Register of Associations or The Finnish Trade Register. An expert jury will select between three and five ideas.

 

The application period for the Baltic Sea Challenge experiment campaign runs until 22 March 2020. For further information, go to Baltic Sea Challenge experiments.

 

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