25 Nov 2020
Loughborough awarded £1m to research alternatives to single-use plastic packaging
Loughborough University has been awarded around £1m to help tackle waste plastic in the UK.
The Perpetual Plastic for Food to Go project (PPFTG) will develop, prototype, and evaluate a novel circular business model that combines smart-technology enabled products and services to reduce the environmental, societal, and economic impact of food to go packaging.
The project is part of a larger £8m initiative called the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (SSPP) funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which was announced last week.
Its aim is to find solutions to existing issues with plastic packaging, reduce plastic pollution and unlock barriers to create fundamental changes in the industry.
Loughborough has received £917,000 – with the total value of the project being £1.15m.
The PPFTG project will be led by Dr Garrath Wilson, a lecturer in experience design, and involves Loughborough University colleagues from the Schools of Design and Creative Arts, Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, and Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.