Episode 10: By 2050 it is expected there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish

5 Jan 2022

By 2050 it is expected there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. 

How do we navigate our way out of this crisis? Join Leela-Dilkes Hoffman a research analyst for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Liveris scholar Megan Jones as they discuss the circular economy and all things plastic. 

Meet our Guest:
Dr Leela Dilkes-Hoffman

Dr Leela Dilkes-Hoffman

Project Manager for The New Plastics Economy with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Leela is a UQ alumni and was a Westpac Future Leader. At UQ she was a part of the UQ Translational Polymer Research Group. She did her PhD on biodegradable plastics and their role in the circular economy. Specifically, she has focused on PHAs a type of plastic produced by bacteria that can completely biodegrade – even in the ocean! 

She has also done considerable research into public opinions about plastic and bio-plastic. She believes in a circular economy and is tirelessly working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to make a closed-loop economy and turn waste into resources. Ultimately, she believes that:

“It doesn’t make sense that we’re just producing these materials to only throw them out five minutes later and (that) there has to be a better way” 
 

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