No more plastic & textile fiber waste in our water.


    sustainability conference

    28/11/2017 - BRUSSELS

    What to do?

    Come and listen to the experts!




    An amazing panel discussion

    followed by the screening of "A Plastic ocean"

    probably the most important film of our time according to sir david attenborough


  • A Plastic Ocean

    The film is in V.O. with french subtitles

  • The Speakers

    inspiring and devoted to ocean and sustainability


    conference in english

    Professor Richard Thompson

    Professor of Marine Biology and Head of the International Marine Litter Research Unit

    Richard Thompson is Professor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University. He specialises in the ecology of shallow water habitats. His research focuses on three main topics: 1) the effects of plastic debris in the marine environment, 2) modification of coastal engineering structures, such as coastal defences and off-shore renewable energy devices, to enhance biodiversity and 3) the ecology and conservation of shallow water habitats.

    Much of his work over the last decade has focused on marine debris with numerous publications and significant research funding on this topic.

    He was a co-author of the European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive text on marine litter and has recently prepared reports on this topic for the United Nations Global Environment Facility and United Nations Environment Programme. He has acted as lead editor for two substantial journal volumes focusing on plastic litter (197 page special volume of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (2009), 102 page special volume of Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (2015). He is currently Co-editor of a special volume of Analytical Methods focusing on methods to quantify marine litter. He has been a member of numerous international working groups on marine litter including GESAMP, NCEAS, UNEP, UNIRP. In 2014 he presented his research to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, at his Our Ocean meeting in Washington. He has also presented to OECD nations and G7 nations. Recent work by his team directly informed the UK Government decision to introduce legislation on the use of microplastics in cosmetics. He is currently working with G7 nations on the monitoring of marine litter.




    Hugo Tagholm


    Hugo Tagholm has led Surfers Against Sewage since 2008, overseeing a sustained period of development and impact, which has galvanised SAS’s position as one of the UK’s most effective marine conservation and campaigning charities. The charity today represents the over 350,000 supporters nationwide. Surfers Against Sewage’s priority issue is marine plastic pollution and it has been at the forefront of calls for a deposit return system to stop plastic bottle pollution in our oceans.




    Craig Leeson

    A plastic ocean, director

    Craig is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, television presenter and public speaker. He is the founder of Leeson Media International and Ocean Vista Films and chairman of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival. He is also the Asia correspondent for the Seven Network and an international correspondent for global network, Al Jazeera English. He began his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to television as a news correspondent and anchor. Craig has worked with major global broadcasters including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, PBS and Australia’s ABC. He began his documentary filmmaking career with the National Geographic Channel, producing and directing NGC’s top Asia television programs and projects including GeoWatch Asia, the Top 30 Countdown for NGC’s 10th anniversary special, Marco Polo: Mystery of the Middle Kingdom, the channel’s Earth Day promotions, and the extreme sports action series the Action Asia Challenge. Craig is also a qualified surf life saver, an advanced scuba diver and a private pilot.



    Jim Osgood

    CEO Klean Kanteen

    When he joined Klean Kanteen as CEO and President over five years ago, he was heartened by a family that from the beginning, has and will always be committed to creating positive environmental and social impact. It’s written into Klean Kanteen’s mission, vision, core values and bylaws – but most importantly, it’s in the fabric of everything it does.


    While companies like Klean have historically been a minority, the community of like-minded businesses is growing and their voice is growing louder and affecting greater change, together. United in cause and inspired by action. A global business committed to positive social change.


    The commitment at Klean Kanteen is to use business as a force for good. It has been a 1% for the Planet member since 2008, and has donated nearly $2 million to environmental nonprofits working to protect wild places. It joined the B Corp community in 2012, which now includes over 2,000 businesses, including many publically-traded companies. The B Corp movement focuses on interdependence. More than just financial support, Klean Kanteen is personally engaged in helping educate, promote and advance responsible and lasting policy to protect and ensure clean water and public land use for all.



    Maria Westerbos

    Founder of Plastic Soup Foundation

    Maria Westerbos is educated in the social sciences, specialising in mass communication and psychology. She has worked in the media for the past 25 years, print and TV, and lately as change strategist and television programme developer. In Februari 2011 she founded the Plastic Soup Foundation and in 2013 she finished 20th in the Dutch newspaper Trouw Sustainable Top 100. She has been in the Top 100 ever since.



    Maurizio Avella

    Research director at the Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials of Italian Research Council

    Maurizio Avella has worked for more than 30 years on researches dealing with plastic materials.

    His main research interests include the following topics: study of interfacial phenomena in polymer-based multicomponent systems, achievement of polymer-based nanocomposites and environmental friendly materials.

    He has published over than 120 papers on topics related to polymer science.

    In the frame of European Programs, he was responsible for CNR of the research activities of many projects.

    Recently, he was the international coordinator of the LIFE MERMAIDS project: “Mitigation of microplastics impact caused by textile washing processes”. This project has tackled this pervasive source of marine ecosystems pollution by developing and validating innovative technologies, additives for laundry processes and finishing treatments of fabrics that can reduce the amount of microplastics released into wastewater and consequently in marine environment.






    Christophe Declercq

    CEO Elements

    Entrepreneur, sailor and ocean advocate.

    Elements bvba is a dynamic family owned business where values such as awareness, involvement and team spirit are put central. They work with a passion for the job and the necessary attention for the wellbeing of their workforce.


    Elements strives for the same reliable, smooth and personal service for sustainable relationships with its customers. Because of their true sense of commitment they like to share in the thought process about optimum performance in function of each particular store, market or segment. They offer substantive and practical support in sales through staff trainings, clinics and custom made workshops.


    The Elements representatives have an immeasurable passion for sports or years of expertise in selling outdoor equipment, and usually a combination of both. As from their proper practical experiences they will have built up a strong market and product knowledge, making them aware of their offerings and their.


    From their own experience of outdoor sports and endless respect for the planet, they only go for sustainable premium brands that make a difference on the outdoor market. Through a strict product selection, they strive for a quality network of renowned brands with an environmentally sound reputation, with which they maintain close ties.


    Elements wants to be a leading sustainable company, distinguishing itself from classic agents and distributors. It starts with a flat and transparent business structure and … never ends. They will continuously strive to give humanity, health and personal development a firm place. Unconditionally they aim to minimize their ecological footprint and to live, travel, work and move as environment friendly as possible.



  • The Program

    Tuesday 28.11.2017 @ 19H00


    Cours Paul Henri Spaak - 1200 Woluwe Saint Lambert


    Film in V.O. with french subtitles

    Conference in english








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