Plastics and Packaging
We are on the mission to accelerate sustainable circular packaging solutions to extend the lifetime of products, reducing emissions and minimizing the demand for virgin materials.
Material management including the extraction, refining, transportation and processing of raw materials, accounts for 67% of total GHG emissions (Circular Economy, 2019). Specifically, the global consumption of plastics has increased sharply from 2 Mt in 1950 to 348 Mt in 2017 (CIEL, 2019; Plastics Europe, 2018). The production requires finite resources where more than 90% of plastics are fossil fuel-based, accounting for almost 6% of the global oil demand and expected to rise to 20% by 2050 (World Economic Forum, 2016).
Additionally, today's convenience and throwaway culture cause most packaging to be incinerated, landfilled or recycled after only a single-use.
Supporting the demonstration and scale up of ASASE’s first recycling plant with understanding the business case, scouting for new recyclate applications, and the development of an environmental assessment.
Plastic Recycling in Ghana
Supporting the CEFLEX Flexible Packaging Consortium
Understanding the technical and organizational barriers to re-organize the value chain towards a ciruclar economy for flexible packaging.
Polymers in Solution
Identifying risks and business opportunities of the growing awareness of the risk of polymers in the environment beyond packaging (industry project).
Concept for an Innovation Center for Sustainable Retail
Developing a concept to implement and accelerate sustainable retail practices through cross value chain collaboration.
From intuition to hard data in collaboration with the Swiss retailer DENNER AG and Prof. Hellweg's Chair for Ecological Systems Design.