Project Team

The consortium for this study consists of the following eight organisations:


Bio Innovation Service develop innovative solutions for tackling societal challenges.
We guide decision makers in private and public sector in developing, evaluating, and implementing sustainability strategies. We partner with multiple constituencies to win and maintain support between policy makers, businesses, civil society and academia.


AQC was established in 1993 to provide expert advice and support to developers, industry, local authorities, and policy makers. We work with governments, international organisations, NGOs and businesses to design, understand, improve and respond to environmental policy. We offer services throughout the policy lifecycle in a number of different topic areas.


RDC Environment contributes to decision-making in a sustainable way through four areas of expertise: circular economy, life cycle assessment, environmental assessment software and sustainability assessment.


The Department of Urban Water Management at the Technical University of Berlin has been headed by Prof. Dr. Ing. M. Barjenbruch. Since 2013 the Department is involved in several Microplastic projects. These activities included the identification and description of the input pathway of tyre wear into the environment, optimisation of materials and processes for the separation of microplastics from the water cycle, and screening of microplastics at various points in urban water management. Overall, the projects explore microplastics in the environment to protect water as a resource.


Wessling WESSLING is an international company for consulting, analysis and planning. Since 2015 we have been active in the field of microplastics and support our customers in order to adopt a rational and interdisciplinary approach to finding solutions. Therefore WESSLING plays a key role in contributing to the quality and safety of various products and services and to the desired increase in quality, environmental and health & safety standards in the market.


University of Plymouth Enterprise Ltd (UoPEL) is the University's wholly owned trading subsidiary, which exists as a vehicle to conduct commercial consultancy and contract research protecting the University's charitable status. Members of University staff undertaking work through UoPEL are indemnified for damages and claimant costs and expenses in respect of claims for breach of professional duty.


EA - Environmental Action is a mission driven research consultancy. We develop science, design actionable metrics and develop methodologies to support sustainability practitioners in leveraging their positive impact.EA is member of the European Network of Ecodesign Centres (ENEC) and developer of the plastic footprint methodology. EA consists of a team of passionate scientists and change makers.


The Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials at University of Mons (UMONS) in Belgium (headed by Prof. J.-M. Raquez) is internationally recognized in (i) sustainable polymer synthesis, (ii) biobased polymer blends and (nano)materials, (iii) industry-relevant batch and continuous processes, (iv) polymer materials ecotoxicity and end-of-life. Thanks to a long expertise in the field of biobased and biodegradable polymers, the Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials is strongly involved in the fate of (micro)plastics derived from non-degradable and (bio)biodegradable plastics in different natural compartments in collaboration with (micro)biologists present at UMONS and in Europe.