The aim of this competition is to support innovation to deliver a more circular economy for plastic packaging in order to deliver on the following SSPP Challenge objectives:
- Unlock a significant overall increase in research and innovation (R&I) spend (government and industry).
- Deliver R&I to support more sustainable plastic packaging in line with the UK Plastics Pact targets.
- Increase UK plastic packaging supply chain collaboration
The participant must explain how you are innovating to contribute to the UK meeting one or more of the UK Plastics Pact targets:
- 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.
- 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted.
- 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.
- Take actions to eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging items through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models.
The participant's proposal must take a systems perspective, use a lifecycle approach and consider the environment impacts. Read the supporting information to understand the definitions we are using of these terms.
The methodology and models applied to the project should be validated and endorsed by a national and/or international agency, such as the Environment Agency in the UK or the European Environment Agency in Europe.
The company is looking to fund a portfolio of projects, spread across the main themes of the Challenge programme which are materials, design, technology and process, and business model.
The participant's proposal must focus on plastic packaging as the primary application but also include one or more of the following 4 innovation themes.
Materials innovation, for example:
- new, recyclable polymer materials
- improving ‘compatibilisation’ (making it easier to use more recycled content) alternatives to plastics for current packaging applications (for example, mycelium materials to replace expanded polystyrene) where plastic is the only current option
Design innovation, for example:
- design for recyclability
- design for reuse
- making food delivery and other delivery packaging more recyclable
- marking and identification technologies to make sorting easier
Technology and process innovation, for example:
- reuse processes (for example cleaning)
- sorting and separation
- mechanical recycling
- chemical recycling
- anaerobic digestion (AD) or composting of compostable packaging
Business model innovation, for example:
- reusable packaging systems, for example refill
- zero packaging business models and systems
- consumer or business behavioural change