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Join us September 28 for a webinar on Accelerating the solutions to ocean plastic: Trends and lessons from five years of the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge

Wednesday, September 28 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Anne Warner, Innovation Program Manager at Think Beyond Plastic.

Think Beyond Plastic is an innovation accelerator advancing the transition toward bio-based, bio-benign alternatives to conventional plastics. Since 2012, the organization has run an annual innovation challenge for new materials, consumer and business products and cloud-based services all reducing plastic pollution, and an affiliated incubator for 10-20 selected startups each year. This year’s Innovation Challenge, the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge whose deadline for entries is 6 October 2017, is co-managed by UN Environment.

For more information and to register, please click here.

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