Future of Packaging
Release Date: Each January
Over the last decade we have increased our knowledge of the detrimental environmental effects of plastic pollution. The UK government has now pledged to eliminate plastic waste by 2042 and industry urgently needs to look at the adoption of alternative packaging. The aim of this module is to demystify plastics and provide businesses with the tools to develop their own packaging strategies.
The course will consist of a series of lectures and guided learning focused on:
List of Units
|The case for plastics||
functionality and versatility.
|Current plastic recycling and reuse strategies||
limitations, barriers and opportunities.
|Improving recycling strategies||
infrastructure, policy, behaviour change, recyclability e.g. engineering plastics to retain desirable properties.
|Drivers behind alternative packaging production||
e.g. macro and micro plastic pollution, peak oil, GHG mitigation, economics.
|Overview of plastic types||
debunking plastic myths.
|Bioplastics - definition and properties||
biodegradable or not (certification standards and legislation); recyclable or not; the challenges of integrating certain bioplastics into current recycling systems.
current research challenges e.g. PLA food safety, barrier properties, and alternatives to bioplastics.
e.g. value-added bioplastics.
|Lifespan of bioplastic vs conventional plastic||
cradle to grave; bioplastic feedstocks and carbon capture and assimilation into bioplastic metabolites; end of life as measured by environmental LCA/ LCA boundaries.
|Decision making framework||
justifying a packaging strategy for your business.
|Dr Steve Chapman|