Bioplastics Training Kit

The SEALIVE (Strategies for circular Economy and Advanced bio-based solutions to keep our Lands and seas alive from plastics contamination) project, funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 program, aims to bring advanced bio-based plastic solutions that provide viable alternatives to single-use plastics to the market. In so doing, SEALIVE aims to reduce plastic waste contamination on land and in seas, by boosting the use of biomaterials and contributing to the circular economy with cohesive bio-plastic strategies.

Specifically, SEALIVE will produce 8 demonstrators (Figure 1), four for land application and four for marine application. The demonstrators for land application are rigid food packaging, flexible frozen food packaging, agricultural mulching film, and cutlery, whereas the marine demonstrators are oyster mesh-bags, fishing nets, fishing crates, and flexible frozen food film (for use for packaging fish fillets). While the specific characteristics of each of the demonstrators vary, the aim is to develop products that, while maintaining the required functional characteristics, will be bio-based and have innovative end-of-life characteristics that will reduce carbon footprints and plastic pollution on land and seas.

Once the demonstrators are developed, they will be tested in the real environment to evaluate their performance. The marine demonstrators will also be tested with end-users to assess, not only their performance, but also their acceptability.

Aims of the SEALIVE Training Kit

This training kit will be used in four training sessions, one in each of the areas where the marine demonstrators will be tested by the end-users. The aims of the training kit are to:

  • Familiarize potential end-users and other interested parties, with SEALIVE’s innovative solutions, how they can be used, what the benefits of usage are, and how to manage their End of Life
  • Improve the professional skills and competencies of those working in the blue sector and the bioeconomy
  • Support trainees in identifying key intervention potentials within their own value chains so that the sustainability of their sector can be improved
  • Support the creation of new jobs within the blue economy and the bioeconomy

Who is this training for?

This training has been developed for the end-users of the marine demonstrators and other relevant stakeholders. Specifically,

  • Aquaculture industry
  • Fishers
  • Fish mongers
  • Retailers
  • Frozen food packagers
  • Marine agencies e.g. managers, advisors, national regulators that can use the material to train their employees and improve professional skills.
  • Marine associations i.e. national or local organisations that can use, share, and promote the material
  • Education and training: higher education students within relevant departments, secondary level teachers, trainers.

The training material has been developed in a modular format allowing the trainers to use only those modules that are relevant to the work and the capacity-building needs of the stakeholders to be trained. Moreover, the training material has been formulated in such a way so it can meet the learning needs of the diverse target audience.

Purpose and structure of the training curriculum

The SEALIVE training kit is modular. Each module covers a different topic and aims to meet specific learning outcomes. This curriculum ensures that the learning outcomes are met in a pedagogic way that allows the trainees to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and competences. The curriculum should be used in combination with the Training Presentations (PowerPoint presentations format) and the Methodological Tools (practical exercises) that have also been developed. For each of the training modules, the curriculum presents:

  • A short description of the module
  • The expected learning outcomes and the knowledge, skills, and competences to be acquired.
  • The suggested duration
  • An outline of the contents of the module
  • The suggested methodology to be implemented
  • The methodological tools that have been designed

Download the Training Kit here:

Training Curriculum

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Plastic Pollution

Module 3: Waste Management

Module 4: Climate Change

Module 5: Circular Economy

Module 6: EU Policy

Module 7: International Policy

Module 8: Bioplastics

Module 9: Reporting

Module 10: Capstone

The training material has been evaluated and certified by the Cyprus Certification Company (CYCERT) according to relevant international training material standards. Download the certificates here:

Training Material Certificate

Curriculum Certificate



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