Action 51: Product design
Action Title: Explore with industry the development of design improvements to assist in the reduction of negative impacts of products entering the marine environment in order to better inform industry on alternative solutions.
Lead Party(ies): No Lead
What is the issue?
The intention of this action was to look upstream at the marine litter problem, by working with industry to look at where there may be potential design solutions in order reduce the negative impact of products becoming marine litter, this could be in the materials used or how they are assembled to improve the possibilities for recycling or reuse and moving towards circular solutions.
What has OSPAR Done?
After initial scoping potential relevant areas of design, elements were picked up through other specific, targeted actions, for example see: Action 36 regarding the design and recycling of fishing gear and Action 49 regarding expanded polystyrene.
Final outputs and published reports
This action is considered to be part of the ongoing dialogue with industry and one in which all Contracting Parties have a responsibility.