Many Happy Returns: reusable plastic packaging

We aim to enable reusable packaging systems that will reduce the need for single-use plastic.  Building on Plastics: Redefining Single-Use, we seek to provide the research and connections between academia and stakeholders needed to enable reusable packaging systems

By now, the need for a step change in the way that we think about plastics is well established. However, plastic and packaging is a valuable commodity that should be reused. Specifically, waste from packaging is a big problem. For example, in the UK alone plastic waste from single-use packaging amounts to an estimated 2.3 million tonnes pa. Reusable packaging systems could address all these issues in accordance with the UK Plastics Pact.

This £1 million pounds project is funded by UKRI. You can find out more this funding award here.

Want to know more about plastic? Our experts worked with Clear On Plastics, a campaign from WRAP, on a series of videos about the history of single-use plastic ↓

Our Team: Multidisciplinary Experts

PUBLICATION: combining environmental & behavioural sciences to understand what is required for reusable packaging

NEWS: Lifting the Lid on LCAs in Footprint

Sarah Greenwood in pandemic and plastics report

Why we need linguistics and psychology to reduce waste

BLOG: Unapologetically Plastic by Dr Emma Franklin

NEWS: Packaging News & OPRL

NEWS: Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability

Our Funding

NEWS: Packaging in Focus magazine

NEWS: start of project in Footprint