Start Date

April 2017

End Date

31st of December of 2021

Funding Body

OceanWise is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) INTERREG Atlantic Area, under Priority Axis 4: Enhancing biodiversity and the natural and cultural assets

Project Partners

OceanWise is a European project with thirteen partners from five countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, and the United Kingdom


OceanWise aims to jointly develop and implement a set of long-term measures to reduce the impact of expanded polystyrene (EPS) products as marine litter in the Atlantic Area (AA). Based on resource-efficiency, participatory methods, and Circular Economy (CE) principles, it will generate new and best practice within sectors using, manufacturing, or recycling EPS.

To achieve this, it is intended to explore new ways to:

• Identify EPS products and their source that are more likely to reach the marine environment and impact on its ecosystems;

• Propose and test plausible options (reduce, reuse, recycle, recover) to achieve better environmental outcomes within different sectors;

• Engage producer and designer communities on the sustainability of specific applications and to explore more circular models;

• Develop CE-oriented methodologies to assess new opportunities, barriers, and policy options. This proposal is driven by the EU-Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the OSPAR Convention’s Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAPML).

Work Packages

WP Nr. 0 Project Preparation

WP Nr. 1 Project coordination

WP Nr. 2 Project Communication

WP Nr. 3 Project Capitalization

WP Nr. 4 Interactive Stakeholders’ Platform

WP Nr. 5 Knowledge Hub

WP Nr. 6 Circularity Indicators and Tools

WP Nr. 7 Mitigating EPS impact: Living Labs of Eco-innovation (LLEco)

WP Nr. 8 OceanWise Set of Solutions and Sustainable Alternatives


– Interactive Stakeholders’ Platform

– Knowledge Hub

– Circularity Indicators and Tools

– Mitigating EPS Impact: Living Labs of Eco-innovation

– Oceanwise solutions and sustainable alternatives

– Capitalisation Plan

Project Partners