Helsinki shines a light on four experiments to help eliminate plastic waste in the Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea Challenge, an initiative to clean up Finland’s most important waterway, has launched four so-called speedy experiments this summer to test new ways of preventing plastic waste in the Baltic Sea. A series of videos has been created to call attention to the ideas being tested.

Released on the Helsinki-kanava website, the first video features Helsinki’s Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, who presents the four teams behind the experiments and their pioneering solutions for tackling plastic waste. Baltic Sea Challenge will follow up on this by publishing four videos on Twitter in the coming week, one from each team introducing their exciting pilots.

Last spring, four companies, Innogreen (Green House Effect), Clewat, Bloft Design Lab and Biosatama, were selected to conduct the speedy experiments.

Green House Effect tests the effectiveness of green walls in preventing tyre residue from being flushed into the Baltic Sea along with run-off water. Clewat trials a new water-treatment vessel that removes debris and microplastics from marine locations. Bloft Design Lab uses a gigantic 3D printer to turn plastic waste it has collected in beach clean-ups into SUP boards. And finally, Biosatama analyses the amount of plastic waste carried by cruise ship waste and produces carbon-neutral energy from what is retrieved.

Plastic waste is a serious problem. Over 70 per cent of the debris in the Baltic Sea is plastic, which biodegrades slowly and poses a danger to both human and animal life. Last year, a campaign inviting residents to ‘walk the circumference of the globe’ in Töölö Bay collected money for Baltic Sea protection. Residents contributed by walking around Töölö Bay until the goal of 40,000 kilometres was collectively reached, and in honour of this achievement, the City of Helsinki donated 50,000 euros to Baltic Sea protection. The donation was channelled to Baltic Sea Challenge’s speedy experiments, which seek new and innovative ways to protect the archipelago and sea area off the capital area’s coast.

The Baltic Sea Challenge is an initiative coordinated by the cities of Helsinki and Turku that aims to protect the Baltic Sea. It includes the cities’ joint Baltic Sea Action Plan and the Baltic Sea Challenge network, which includes over 300 partner organisations. The network is open to any group interested in protecting the Baltic Sea.

Further information:

Baltic Sea Challenge Speedy Experiments


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