Plastic Justice – Conscious design education


Isabel Ordóñez, Raul Goñi


Royal Academy of Art -The Hague (KABK), Vilnius Academy of Arts, Central Saint Martins -UAL London, Iceland University of the Arts, ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts

Research Group

Materials & Wellbeing

Research Lab

Material Designers



Plastic Justice is a pan-European educational collaboration between five art and design academies in The Hague, Reykjavík, Barcelona, London and Vilnius. Together with regional environmentally engaged NGOs and scientists, the educational programme, including a conference, exhibition and website, focusses on the long-term impact of invisible micro-plastics on the human body and the environment. Plastic Justice aims to create new knowledge through cross-academic exchange and field-research promoting conscious design education for an upcoming generation.

Five students at Elisava will develop a project around the topic of Micro-Plastics, based on the collaboration with the local NGO Libera, and engaging in collective learning activities with students from the other partner institutions to address this complex sustainability problem.

During the first year of the proyects students in all institutions will be enaged to develop a micro-plastics related project. While in the second year, teachers from each institution will collaborate into defining a guideline for teachers to engage complex sustainability issues to the education of art and design.

Plastic Justice is a project funded by the Strategic Partnership programme of the European Union. Participating schools are: the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Iceland University of the Arts in Reykjavík, Elisava in Barcelona, Central Saint Martins (UAL) in London and Vilnius Academy of Art together with ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts.



  • Plastic Justice Case Files: Online repository of information about microplastics and health.
  • Plastic Justice Advocacy: Teachers’ guide with tools and methodology to include microplastics issues in the arts and graphic design curricula.
  • Plastic Justice Veredict: Policy brief based on the project results.