Environmental Impact Assessment of Boatbuilding Process with Ocean Plastic

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2020
Date published: 01/2020
Authors: Qi Fang, Mélanie Despeisse, Xiaoxia Chen
Journal title: Procedia CIRP
Volume: 90
Pages: 274 - 279
ISSN: 22128271

Ocean ecosystems are suffering from plastic pollution. To prevent further damage, the 3Rs approach suggests reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. Current solutions include developing waste management systems, public awareness, and waste collection projects to reduce and recycle. However, reuse of reclaimed plastic is limited. This study is as part of an ocean-cleaning campaign. The manufacturing process to produce optimists using ocean plastic was evaluated and compared with conventional boat building as baseline. The environmental impact is higher than the baseline due to more material- and energy-intensive processes. However, adapting processes and integrating recycled materials is necessary for more sustainable and circular production systems.

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