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  • McKinsey & Company 2019, ‘Alternative proteins: the race for market share is on’

    Consumer interest in non-meat-based protein options is increasing globally. Food industry players that want to capture the opportunity must understand the evolving market dynamics and where to place their bets.

  • Kamada, A, Rodriguez-Garcia, M, Ruggeri, FS, Shen, Y, Levin, A & Knowles, TPJ 2021, ‘Controlled self-assembly of plant proteins into high-performance multifunctional nanostructured films’, Nature Communications, vol. 12, no. 3529

    The abundance of plant-derived proteins, as well as their biodegradability and low environmental impact make them attractive polymeric feedstocks for next-generation functional materials to replace current petroleum-based systems. However, efforts to generate functional materials from plant-based proteins in a scalable manner have been hampered by the lack of efficient methods to induce and control their […]

  • The Future of Single-use Plastic Packaging in a Sustainable World

    Sustainability has long been an ideal that the plastic industry has striven for; consumers welcome the concept of sustainability, but also want products protected by ‘unsustainable’ packaging. Single-use plastic packaging use is projected at 40.4 million tons in 2020 and is forecast to grow during 2020–2025 at a CAGR of 3.7% to 48.5 million tons […]

  • Breaking the Plastic Wave – A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution

    In recent years, an increasing number of studies and reports have advanced the global understanding of the challenge posed by ocean plastic pollution. But most leaders across industry, government, and civil society have noted a critical gap: an evidence-based roadmap to describe the pathways available and to foster convergent action.

  • WRAP 2022, ‘The UK Plastics Pact: eliminating problem plastics’, Version 4

    Just one word: Refillables. How the soft drink industry can – right now – reduce marine plastic pollution by billions of bottles each year, January 2020.

  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation 2017, ‘The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics & Catalysing Action’

    Cheap, light, and versatile, plastics are the dominant materials of our modern economy. Their production is expected to double over the next two decades. Yet only 14% of all plastic packaging is collected for recycling after use and vast quantities escape into the environment. This not only results in a loss of USD 80 to […]

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