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Redactiestage Plastic Soup Foundation

Internship My Little Plastic Footprint 32 hrs, 20 weeks

Redactiestage Plastic Soup Foundation

The Plastic Soup Foundation is looking for an intern with a background in communication, journalism or new media, who wants to be instrumental in the fight against plastic soup. Because if we do not take action now, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050.

On 18 October, the foundation launched a new app called My Little Plastic Footprint. This app enables consumers to reduce their own plastic footprint. The app is currently undergoing the final test phase before its hard launch during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi in December. The trainee will mainly be concerned with the development of this app.

The job involves:

  • editorial tasks for the new My Little Plastic Footprint app:
    • writing and editing content in consultation with the campaigner
    • harmonizing content planning with the communication team
    • advising the communication team on the social media strategy for the app
  • supporting the communication team
  • desk editorial tasks

The ideal candidate:

  • is a  higher professional education (HBO) or university (WO)  student in new media, editing, journalism or communication (preferably in their third or fourth year)
  • is enthusiastic, creative and a team player
  • writes perfect English with a smooth and creative style
  • commands spoken and written Dutch
  • has a strong affinity with new media
  • is up-to-date with online trends and media developments
  • has their own laptop which can be used for this work
  • basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and/or Indesign is an advantage
  • has great affinity with the topic of Plastic Soup and wants to make a difference together with likeminded people

The traineeship is for 32 hours a week for the duration of 20 weeks. The internship allowance is €350 per month. Send your motivation and C.V. (in 1 pdf) by 1 December at the latest to Eric Seleky via eric[at]plasticsoupfoundation.org  re: ‘Editorial internship application’.

Screenshot of the My Little Plastic Footprint commercial
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Softlaunch My Little Plastic Footprint

 

Alicante, 18 October 2017 – Our long awaited app, My Little Plastic Footprint, had its soft launch this morning. The launch took place during the very first Ocean Summit of the 13th Volvo Ocean Race which starts in Alicante, Spain. This app allows people anywhere in the world to reduce their plastic footprint and learn more about the plastic soup in the oceans.

The plastic soup is growing and everybody contributes to it – citizens, companies and governments. Of all the plastic that we use, we throw 40% away within twenty minutes. Of this, 3% ultimately ends up in the water. This can change. It has to change!

My Little Plastic Footprint offers an interactive platform where you can do something about the plastic soup in the ocean. You could explore the issue and test your knowledge in a quiz. You can also reduce your own ‘footprint’ by making pledges and sharing them with your friends and contacts on social media. Examples of pledges could be:

  • I will not use plastic straws anymore;
  • I will not accept any plastic bags in shops anymore.
Features of the app

Some screens of My Little Plastic Footprint

 

The app starts with 60 pledges. The number will grow over time. The smaller your plastic footprint becomes, the bigger your chance to be nominated as Ocean Champion.

In the third part of the app, you can be inspired by Ocean Heroes, celebrities who take action against plastic pollution. See the Ocean Heroes by downloading the app or by going to mylittleplasticfootprint.org.

We would like to ask you, our followers, to test this first version of the app.

Help us reduce humanity’s plastic footprint.

We have six weeks in which to remove any bugs and errors, and we can only do this with your help.

Will you help us? The app is available at the App Store and via Google Play. For more information about the app, check out www.mylittleplasticfootprint.org.

The app is built by: the Plastic Soup Foundation in the Netherlands, EA in Switzerland, Smäll in Barcelona and the Ocean Recovery Alliance in Hong Kong.

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