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Online book presentation

Thursday, 03. June 2021 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Save in my calendar

Online book presentation

Unpacked! Plastic, Waste, & Me

Digital book presentation

Plastic. It's everywhere, from the deepest part of the ocean to the highest mountain of the planet. We touch it every day, eat it, wear it, and smear it on our faces. More than 10 billion tons of plastic have been produced since 1950 - this amount weighs more than all living animals and humans on the planet together! And only a small fraction of it is recycled. Far too much is burned, ends up in landfills or the environment - and ultimately on our plates. In its life cycle, plastic not only poisons the soil, air and water, but also threatens the health of humans and animals.

But what exactly is plastic? What is it made of and who benefits from its increasing production? Why is more recycling not a solution? What does plastic have to do with us and why are we affected by it in different ways? And above all: What can we do against the plastic flood?

Specifically developed and designed for a young international audience, the digital book "Unpacked! Plastic, Waste, & Me" answers 70 questions about plastic in colorful infographics and six true stories.

Book designer and author Gesine Grotrian together with an advisory board of young people from all over the world created an exciting non-fiction book for young people aged 12 and over.

We will present the digital book and talk about its making with Gesine Grotrian and some members of the youth advisory board – and of course we will answer as many of your questions as possible.

Enjoy the launch with us and learn new facts about plastic, waste and how everything is connected.

We look forward to seeing you!



  • Chompupischaya, Jeremy, Michelle, and Veronika representing the Youth Advisory Board
  • Delphine Lévi Alvarès, European coordinator, Break Free From Plastic, and coordinator of the Rethink Plastic alliance (facilitation)
  • Gesine Grotrian, book designer and author of "Unpacked! Plastic, Waste, & Me"
  • Lili Fuhr, Head of International Environmental Policy Division, Heinrich Böll Foundation

Kristin Funke
International Environmental Policy Division,
Heinrich Böll Foundation



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