Brazilian Plastic Sectorial Forum – For a Clean Sea


Cleanup activity with children - Agenda PLVD IPVC

The partnership established in 2012 between Plastivida, the Laboratory of Marine Management, Ecology and Conservation (Oceanographic Institute from São Paulo University) andCosta Brasilis Institute, generated five years of important and unprecedented data in regarding the distribution of pre and post consumed plastics on the Brazilian coast, as well as actions with the plastic industries and environmental education activities dedicated to reduce the problem.

Based on the information generated, this partnership conducted diagnostics and monitoring of marine litter from beaches in three Brazilian states; was able to evaluate the role of the plastics production chain in introducing this product into the marine environment; and applied the knowledge generated by the academy in initiatives of scientific dissemination, awareness and environmental education. We have also constituted the Brazilian Plastic Sectorial Forum – For a Clean Sea (, into which we elaborated manuals to help the plastic industry to retain the plastic pellets from their production and logistical activities through the Pellet Zero Program, based on the Operation Clean Sweep Program®, from American Chemistry Council and Plastics Industry Association.

Project Outcomes

  • Mariana and the battle against the ghost storm – the marine debris threat. Brasília: MMA (English version, been elaborated).
  • Mariana e a batalha contra os Super Macabros: a ameaça do lixo nos mares. História em Quadrinhos. Brasília:
  • Homepage of the Brazilian Plastic Sectorial Forum – For a Clean Sea
  • Zero Pellets Manual. São Paulo: Plastivida.
  • Zero Pellets – Implementation Manual – Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS®) (Manual, been concluded).
  • Since 2016 there have been 385 lectures on Marine Litter have been given to a wide audience (students, teachers, fishermen, entrepreneurs, public managers, and general).
  • “UndersTent the Garbage” Project – Touring tent designed initially for the for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016, set up near the Museum of Tomorrow Objective: being an environmental education tool on marine litter in order to promote debate with society in a scientific and behavioral way in many different places around the country.
  • Over 1,000 hours of educational activities, such as interactive or sensitive exhibitions, workshops with teachers and students, and school projects.