How do polymers turn into plastic products, plastic waste or microplastics? What is the difference between primary and secondary microplastics? When was polyethylene invented? And what are elastomers? Answers to these and many other questions can be found in our new digital-real education space for water without microplastics WASoMI (in German WASser ohne MIkroplastik = WASoMI) - open to everyone, free of charge and without advertising.
Microplastics: How? Where? What?
We have been talking to many people about microplastics for many years. What is striking is that even if most people know that microplastics are a global environmental problem and a health risk for us humans - very few really understand what's behind it. This is not meant as an accusation at all. Because we are absolutely aware that microplastic is a really complicated and complex topic.
That is why we have brought together our collective expertise over the past few months and created a digital-real education space for waters without microplastics. Here you find facts, background information and context as texts, graphics, animations and videos in the form of microlearning.
Systemic problems need systemic answers
One thing was clear when Wasser 3.0 was founded in May 2020: If we take our vision of waters without microplastics and micropollutants seriously, then this is only possible with a company operating systemically. That means for us: Innovative technology goes hand in hand with responsible research and transformative education.
In our technology we see the potential to make a big contribution to the removal of microplastics and micropollutants from waters (and we are working hard on this). At the same time, we are convinced that green technology alone will not bring us the future that we wish for ourselves and future generations on this planet.
This requires a number of fundamental reorientations in our actions. Keywords: resource conservation, protection of biodiversity and climate.
Water without microplastics? Yes, of course. But how?
Clean water is critical to all of these goals. The problem: We are currently not doing enough for it, we are doing too much of the wrong thing respectively.
Our goal and contribution: Waters without microplastics (in German WASser ohne MIkroplastik) – in short WASoMI. Which appropriately means scholar in the African language Kiswahili and is therefore all the more suitable as a name for our educational area. With WASoMI we show how our everyday helpers made of plastics became a global environmental problem - microplastics. And what we can do to prevent this in the future.
More information and the direct link to the educational space can be found here. We welcome feedback and ideas!
Our plans for WASoMI
What plans we have for our digital-real education space? A digital-real WASoMI lab with experiments on microplastics and with Team WASoMI learning modules for use in secondary schools. How this could look like, we have described here.
Our educational work is our joint contribution for waters without microplastics!
Our educational projects for clean water are currently possible thanks to grants, sponsorship and donations.
A big thank you to all donors and sponsors as well as the participants of Deutsche Postcode Lotterie, thanks to whose support we were able to start implementing the education space last year!
A big thank you also goes to our cooperation partners, who actively supported us and always met our - sometimes quite wild - ideas openly and patiently. We really appreciate it!
This applies in particular to the web designers and programmers from comagine, with whom we have created this education space as something completely new.
THANKS to bluesilver for the animations!
And a thousand thanks to our intern Max for the support in preparing the storyboards for the animations in the field of polymer production!
For the further development of WASoMI we are looking for cooperation partners, sponsoring and donations! Our next milestones are the going live of WASoMI Lab and the offer for secondary schools with Team WASoMI. Translating the content into other languages is also high on our list.