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STEPS at Almedalen – event with Lund University

Plastics is an extremely flexible material, extends the durability of food, is used as an insulator in cables for transmission of electricity. But plastics also lead to problems such as littering and risks related to micro- and nanoplastics. We need more durable plastic, but what is actually more sustainable? Is it bio-based, biodegradable or recycled plastic? Should we use less plastics than today’s 100 kg per person in Europe? And if we’re going to be fossil-free, is there enough biobased…

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STEPS at Almedalen – event with Mistra

The unique properties of plastic have made it an incredibly popular material. We find it in everything from toys and clothes to take-away mugs and smart phones. But plastics also face major challenges, such as carbon dioxide emissions, resource losses and pollution. There are different perspectives on how to solve these problems, both in the short and long term. During the event Life in plastic, is it fantastic? Ett hållbart system för plast till 2030 researchers fromMistra programmes STEPS, REES and Carbon Exit…

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STEPS in Framtidens Forskning

”Our vision is a future society where plastics are produced, used and recycled in a sustainable way,” says Rajni Hatti-Kaul, Professor of Biotechnology at Lund University, and Program Manager for the MISTRA-funded STEPS project. Read more in SSF’s newly published journal Framtidens Forskning: http://framtidensforskning.se/presentation/steps-utvecklar-morgondagens-miljovanliga-plast/

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The Plastic Challenge

  Tobias Nielsen and Eva Svensson Myrin talked about the plastic challenge at Ideon Science Park today! Tobias pointed at the plastics system’s complexity and what are the possible different pathways we can go for achieving a more sustainable system. Tobias also presented world plastic bag regulations and reflected upon the possibilities and challenges of governing plastics through legislation. Eva talked about closed-loop recycling and presented a show case of a plastic plate that can be recycled at least 7 times…

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STEPS @ Lunds Hållbarhetsvecka

Linda Zellner (Perstorp) and Tobias Nelsen (Political science, Lund University) talked about sustainable use of plastics at the seminar Tänk om plast … (Rethink plastics …) during Lund’s Sustainability week. Tänk om plast is a network of actors from Skåne County working to reduce the amount of plastics that ends up in nature and STEPS is part of it. More information can be found here.    

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STEPS Programme Meeting Spring 2018

STEPS programme meeting took place on the 19th of April, 2018 in the historical halls of Hypoteket in Lund. It was attended by academic and industrial partners, board members and invited speakers. The three interlinked workpackages gave an update of their activities, invited speakers talked about innovation and new ways towards sustainable plastics, polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells, systemic innovation towards a circular economy for plastics, and sustainability criteria and life cycle assessment for forestry. Participants also discussed about sustainable plastics…

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Regional Perspectives on Sustainable Chemistry Innovation and the Global Chemicals Outlook II

Rajni Hatti-Kaul was invited to a regional expert workshop on 26-27 March 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany on “Regional Perspectives on Sustainable Chemistry Innovation and the Global Chemicals Outlook II: Understanding Trends, Risks and Opportunities in Europe” organised by the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) and UN Environment. The results from the workshop will feed into the Global Chemicals Outlook II (GCO-II), currently being developed by UN Environment. More information can be found here.

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STEPS meets LEGO

A delegation of STEPS visited LEGO Sustainable Material Division! LEGO is a fascinated company that is putting huge efforts in developing alternatives to fossil-based bricks. Lego aims to use recycled or renewable raw materials in all its plastics products by 2030. We will be eagerly following this journey! For more information read this article.

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