”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/
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…
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.
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…
STEPS WP3 workshop on improved recycling with invited speakers Jenny Ivarsson and Johanna Eriksson from Utredningen om hållbara plastmaterial (Government Investigation on Sustainable Plastic Materials). Main topic of discussion were: design, collection and deposit systems, chemical recycling.
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.
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.
STEPS board meeting took place at Ikea’s office in Älmhult. Our host Johan Bruck presented Ikea’s development work on reducing fossil based plastics. He showed the new prototypes made using biobased plastics. STEPS board had also the opportunity to visit Ikea’s museum.
Helsingborg city´s office of environmental management has started a project called ”Hejdå plast” (bye-bye plastics). Their representatives along with the city´s procurement office and representatives from the waste management company NSR visited STEPS in Lund, to gain a better understanding of different plastic systems including biobased and biodegradable plastics, and their environmental impact.