STEPS is a research program with a vision of a future society where plastics are sustainably produced, used and recycled

STEPS goal is to facilitate this transition by sharing innovation, knowledge and findings between academia, industry and society. STEPS partners include Lund University, Swedish Agricultural University, Swerea IVF, and 18 industrial partners and County council of Scania county of Sweden representing the entire value chains in a sustainable plastics system.

STEPS is looking for sustainable solutions throughout the value chain from renewable feedstock, conversion and design to post-consumer plastic waste handling. STEPS concept is to design sustainable plastics with desired material properties and life-cycle by matching suitable carbon-neutral building blocks.


WP1 has focus on production of polyester building blocks from renewable feedstocks including surplus biomass streams and carbon dioxide. Importance is given to issues such as feedstock security, and clean and cost-efficient process technologies for transformation and product recovery.

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WP2 combines suitable bio-based building blocks from WP1 to produce “drop-in” as well as novel poly-esters that will be characterized and evaluated for target applications such as fibres, coatings, packaging and films. Modified natural polymers are also evaluated as components in plastic formualtions. Key features of the polyesters would be improved barrier properties and thermal stability, recyclability or complete biodegradability.

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WP3 has the main task to assess potential transition pathways to develop research-based advice on policy and industrial strategies for sustainability in the longer term. Governance and policy implications for a circular plastics economy are addressed, including social dimensions and the roles and responsibilities of key actors.



Pathways to sustainable plastics
– A discussion brief

A short introduction to STEPS research programme

What is plastic?

Listen to WP2 leader Linda Zellner, Director of Innovation – Materials, Feed & Food at Perstorp (in Swedish)


Helsingborg city visits STEPS
Helsingborg city´s office of environmental management has started a project called ”Hejdå plast” (bye-bye plastics). Their representatives along with the
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Study visit to Swerec
A small group of representatives from WP1, WP2 and WP3 has visited the plastics recycling facility Swerec in Lanna. It
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STEPS at the European Bioplastics conference
Rajni Hatti-Kaul and Tobias Nielsen from STEPS followed the latest developments concerning bioplastics at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin
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STEPS at Raw Materials University Day 2017
WP2 PhD student Niklas Warlin (in the picture on the left) and external communicator Katarina Elner-Haglund presented STEPS for high
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Mistra meets STEPS in Lund
Exactly after one year from the kick-off, in the very same building – Gamla Biskopshuset in Lund – STEPS work
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Sugar based floor varnish STEPS first product
Durable floor varnish based on sugar is the new result with commercial potential from STEPS. The bio-based floor finish StepOn is now applied on
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