Designing-out Plastic Waste

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

We will develop new enzyme catalysed recycling technology for laminate films with our development process involving circular economy economic models, materials flow models, materials property analysis as well as biochemical engineering (Objective 1). In parallel we will also identify design flaws and undertake feasibility studies of design interventions in plastic economy, led by expertise from our Industrial Steering Committee (Objective 2). We also recognise that we need to inspire the public to understand the value of plastics and to motivate them to engage with the new technologies and systems that will be developed to a circular economy of plastics. Indeed their cooperation and engagement is vital to the success of the UK Plastics Pact. To do this we will create a research interface for the public called the Plastics Waste Innovation Hub. This will bring together different disciplines within UCL, from other UK research institutions, industry, policy experts, and in dialogue with the public help the UK progress towards the goals of the UK Plastics Pact (Objective 3). Our mode of working will be to hire six post-docs each from a different discipline as represented and recruited by our PI and Co-Is. They will be co-located to form the core of the Plastics Waste Innovation Hub. These researchers will work together with our project coordinator, managed by our PI and Co-Is, to achieve all three objectives. We will split the work between them to take advantage of their discipline specific skills, but they will also work as a design team, creating system solutions to meet our Objectives.

Planned Impact

The aim of this research project is to help design-out plastic waste and enable the UK move to a circular economy of plastics. Of course this will take longer than the 18 month time period of this research project, but we have identified three short-term objectives which together build a strong platform for future research. We envisage specific impact as follows:

Enzyme Catalysed Molecular Recycling
We will develop new approaches for molecular recycling and synthesis of plastics using enzymes, including the proof of principle of the bioengineering involved, the materials properties produced, models for materials flow, life cycle analysis and a business case for integration in the circular economy of plastics.

Plastic Waste Innovation Hub
We will establish a multidisciplinary creative hub where a growing community of researchers, external industry partners, and the government will strengthen existing links and create long-term research programmes in the area of plastic waste and the circular economy. Our six PDRAs will emerge as systems thinkers with an in-depth knowledge of the plastic waste problem and potential solutions; they will be ready to innovate and play an important role in the future of the UK plastics economy. Similarly the twelve students who undertook summer studentships will have an insight into the future economy and be better equipped to contribute to it.

Public Champions of Sustainable Plastic Packaging
We will have a strong public presence as well as an important educational outlook. We will inform public debate and supply new data and insight into the public discourse on the important role of plastics in society, and particularly in reducing food waste. We will inspire a new generation to take up the challenge of tackling the plastic waste problem and the move to a circular economy.

Publications

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Title Illustrated artist's book, 'One Pop! Bottle' (London: 2020) 
Description A small-run artist's book (1000 copies), designed and illustrated by UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub's Artist-in-Residence, Ruby Wright, that describes the life cycle of a plastic bottle and explores our attitude to the use (and misuse) of plastics. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact We have offered free copies of the artist's book for use as an educational tool. Copies have been requested for library collections, museum collections, schools, and academies, as well as other interested parties such as home composters, plastics enthusiasts, and industry experts. 
URL http://www.rubywright.com/?page_id=323
 
Title Website and online survey for the Big Compost Experiment 
Description The Big Compost Experiment is a nationwide research project about the role and effectiveness of compostable and biodegradable packaging. It is one of the research initiatives of UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub, an 18-month interdisciplinary research project (funded by UKRI and EPSRC) aimed at developing new ways of designing out plastic waste. It comprises a short online survey of your opinions on compostable and biodegradable packaging, and how you process food waste. There is also an optional home composting experiment for those who wish to participate further. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact There is the opportunity to analyse the data collected on the UK's use and composting of biodegradable and compostable plastics, in order to make more informed recommendations for the use of biodegradable and compostable plastics as alternatives to single-use plastics, i.e. policy-making process and future strategies. This data will also help to build our Live Composting Map, a live map of home-composting activities across the UK. 
URL https://www.bigcompostexperiment.org.uk
 
Description • We established the UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub as a multidisciplinary research interface for companies, organisations and the public on plastic waste issues: www.plasticwastehub.org.uk
• 21 multinationals & SMEs (Veolia, Procter & Gamble, Void, Deliveroo, Recycling Technologies, FLO, Waste 2 Wear, Sabic, BPF, BPI Specialists, Ananas Anam, Woodland Trust, Closed Loop Partners, Vegware, and Anerobic Tech) and non-for-profit organisations (LWARB, WRAP, REA, REAL, OPRL) collaborated with Plastic Waste Innovation Hub.
• Enzyme Recycling of Plastics: we have developed novel approaches for the discovery and application of new enhanced enzymes to degrade PET, including the retrieval and characterisation of potential PETases identified in our metagenomes, and enzyme mutagenesis.
• System analysis of the UK compostable & biodegradable plastics sector completed and submitted to UK Government's consultation on 14 October 2019.
• We initiated the world's first citizen science experiment on compostable plastics called the Big Compost Experiment. We now have data from over 8000 members of the public with more than 1000 ongoing home compost experiments in process. We publish open access data on the work every 3 months on our website: www.bigcompostexperiment.org.uk. The results of this citizen science have been regularly featured on the Inside Science programme on BBC Radio 4 throughout 2020.
• As a result of Big Compost Experiment results showing that most biodegradable plastics do not degrade fully in home composters, the Guardian newspaper (and many other organisations) have stopped using biodegradable plastic film to package their magazines. We have shared our analysis with WRAP so it can influence the evolution of the Plastic Pact targets.
• Our Behaviour Change analysis of citizen attitudes and understanding of biodegradable and compostable plastics shows that 84% are in favour of them, but they are confused about the differences between biodegradable and compostable. They have little idea of how they work and where to dispose of them. We have shared this analysis with WRAP and DEFRA so it can influence the evolution of the Plastic Pact targets. The work has been submitted for publication in the Journal Sustainability.
• Policy Briefing to the House of Commons on compostable & biodegradable plastics sector submitted to DEFRA Nov 2020 to inform Environmental Bill's quantitative targets for compostable packaging.
• Public Briefing on compostable & biodegradable plastics webinar held on Zoom (with over 400 registered participants) on 24 November 2020.
• We have taken the lead in summarising the work and impact across all PRIF projects on bioplastics. Our report entitled 'PRIF Biobased/Biodegradable/Compostable Plastics Research Summary' was submitted to the UKRI SSPP Team on 29th Jan 2021.
• Our circular economy analysis of tree shelters with the Woodland Trust reveals that hundreds of thousands of tonnes of plastic may be diverted from being abandoned in forests while still hitting the government target of planning 2 billion trees by 2050. Analysis submitted to Woodland Trust. Journal paper in review with Science of the Total Environment.
• In response to COVID-19 our team undertook an analysis of the plastic waste implications of the public use of face masks. We showed that if single-use masks were adopted in the UK that would create 128,000 tonnes of plastic waste and create ten times more climate change impact than using reusable masks. We published the analysis in as an open access preprint 'The environmental dangers of employing single-use face masks as part of a COVID-19 exit strategy,' in April 2020. It has over 6000 views. The work has been inputted into SAGE, the Royal Society and has been widely reported in the media (ITV, MailOnline, Radio 4, Radio Five Live, Channel 5 News).
• Our design work with Deliveroo, who deliver 45,000 take-away meals a day, is significantly reducing the estimated 1000 tonnes of plastic waste per year that go into landfill as a result of their deliveries.
• Our analysis of how financial incentives can increase recyclability through the use of block chain technology has been published work the Journal of Waste Management.
• We have a strong public presence, as well as an important educational outlook across schools, universities, and the media (BBC Radio PM Programme, BBC Inside Science, Daily Mail, Guardian, and social media). We have produced a book (One Pop Bottle!) on recycling of plastic aimed at children and sent these out to more than 500 primary schools. We continue to pro-actively inform public debate and supply new data and insights into public discourse on biodegradables plastics and the behaviours required to minimise plastic waste.
Exploitation Route Contact us at the UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub which is a multidisciplinary research interface for companies, organisations and the public on plastic waste issues: www.plasticwastehub.org.uk

Companies can join our follow-on project - 'Compostable Plastics: Unlocking existing barriers to systems change' as part of NERC's Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge (project started 1 Jan 2021);
Sectors Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

URL https://www.plasticwastehub.org.uk
 
Description • We established the UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub as a multidisciplinary research interface for companies, organisations and the public on plastic waste issues: www.plasticwastehub.org.uk • 21 multinationals & SMEs (Veolia, Procter & Gamble, Void, Deliveroo, Recycling Technologies, FLO, Waste 2 Wear, Sabic, BPF, BPI Specialists, Ananas Anam, Woodland Trust, Closed Loop Partners, Vegware, and Anerobic Tech) and non-for-profit organisations (LWARB, WRAP, REA, REAL, OPRL) collaborated with Plastic Waste Innovation Hub. • Enzyme Recycling of Plastics: we have developed novel approaches for the discovery and application of new enhanced enzymes to degrade PET, including the retrieval and characterisation of potential PETases identified in our metagenomes, and enzyme mutagenesis. • System analysis of the UK compostable & biodegradable plastics sector completed and submitted to UK Government's consultation on 14 October 2019. • We initiated the world's first citizen science experiment on compostable plastics called the Big Compost Experiment. We now have data from over 8000 members of the public with more than 1000 ongoing home compost experiments in process. We publish open access data on the work every 3 months on our website: www.bigcompostexperiment.org.uk. The results of this citizen science have been regularly featured on the Inside Science programme on BBC Radio 4 throughout 2020. • As a result of Big Compost Experiment results showing that most biodegradable plastics do not degrade fully in home composters, the Guardian newspaper (and many other organisations) have stopped using biodegradable plastic film to package their magazines. We have shared our analysis with WRAP so it can influence the evolution of the Plastic Pact targets. • Our Behaviour Change analysis of citizen attitudes and understanding of biodegradable and compostable plastics shows that 84% are in favour of them, but they are confused about the differences between biodegradable and compostable. They have little idea of how they work and where to dispose of them. We have shared this analysis with WRAP and DEFRA so it can influence the evolution of the Plastic Pact targets. The work has been submitted for publication in the Journal Sustainability. • Policy Briefing to the House of Commons on compostable & biodegradable plastics sector submitted to DEFRA Nov 2020 to inform Environmental Bill's quantitative targets for compostable packaging. • Public Briefing on compostable & biodegradable plastics webinar held on Zoom (with over 400 registered participants) on 24 November 2020. • We have taken the lead in summarising the work and impact across all PRIF projects on bioplastics. Our report entitled 'PRIF Biobased/Biodegradable/Compostable Plastics Research Summary' was submitted to the UKRI SSPP Team on 29th Jan 2021. • Our circular economy analysis of tree shelters with the Woodland Trust reveals that hundreds of thousands of tonnes of plastic may be diverted from being abandoned in forests while still hitting the government target of planning 2 billion trees by 2050. Analysis submitted to Woodland Trust. Journal paper in review with Science of the Total Environment. • In response to COVID-19 our team undertook an analysis of the plastic waste implications of the public use of face masks. We showed that if single-use masks were adopted in the UK that would create 128,000 tonnes of plastic waste and create ten times more climate change impact than using reusable masks. We published the analysis in as an open access preprint 'The environmental dangers of employing single-use face masks as part of a COVID-19 exit strategy,' in April 2020. It has over 6000 views. The work has been inputted into SAGE, the Royal Society and has been widely reported in the media (ITV, MailOnline, Radio 4, Radio Five Live, Channel 5 News). • Our design work with Deliveroo, who deliver 45,000 take-away meals a day, is significantly reducing the estimated 1000 tonnes of plastic waste per year that go into landfill as a result of their deliveries. • Our analysis of how financial incentives can increase recyclability through the use of block chain technology has been published work the Journal of Waste Management. • We have a strong public presence, as well as an important educational outlook across schools, universities, and the media (BBC Radio PM Programme, BBC Inside Science, Daily Mail, Guardian, and social media). We have produced a book (One Pop Bottle!) on recycling of plastic aimed at children and sent these out to more than 500 primary schools. We continue to pro-actively inform public debate and supply new data and insights into public discourse on biodegradables plastics and the behaviours required to minimise plastic waste. • The Plastics Hub has been awarded funding to continue our work with a follow-on project - 'Compostable Plastics: Unlocking existing barriers to systems change' as part of NERC's Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge (project started 1 Jan 2021);
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Chemicals,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Retail
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Contribution to POSTnotes 'Compostable Food Packaging,' 2 July 2019
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0606#fullreport
 
Description Contribution to POSTnotes 'Plastic Food Packaging Waste,' 2 July 2019
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0605#fullreport
 
Description House of Commons EFRA committee on Plastic Waste
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/52618ecf-3090-4ea2-9deb-4180d1c3442d
 
Description Policy briefing on Compostables, November 2020
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://d2zly2hmrfvxc0.cloudfront.net/UCL-Compostable-plastics-Nov-2020.pdf?mtime=20201120163241&foc...
 
Description Report: 'Biodegradable plastics: An assessment of their role in the plastic waste crisis' - submitted to the UK Government's Consultation on Standards for biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastics, on the 14th October 2019
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Right to Repair Roundtable Report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Royal Academy of Engineering and UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals roundtable on Right to Repair Thursday 14 October 2021 at 12:00pm-3:00pm Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG This roundtable brought together members of the engineering research community, manufacturers of household appliances and electronics, and third sector organisations to discuss the opportunities and challenges of 'Right to Repair' legislation for UK manufacturers.
URL https://www.bigrepairproject.org.uk/blog/right-to-repair-roundtable
 
Description Case For Support - Compostable plastics: unlocking existing barriers to systems change
Amount £934,216 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/V010735/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2020 
End 10/2023
 
Description New microbial consortia for breaking down MOD oil and diesel waste materials into useful end products
Amount £211,244 (GBP)
Funding ID DSTLX1000145880 
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2021
 
Description UCL Grand Challenges: Well-being in a Throwaway Culture
Amount £4,760 (GBP)
Funding ID 156425 Grand Challenges 
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 07/2020
 
Title Big Compost Experiment 
Description Citizen Science Dataset 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Influence on Policy 
URL https://www.bigcompostexperiment.org.uk/
 
Title Big Repair Project 
Description Citizen Science Dataset on repair of household appliances, electronics 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2012 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Impact on repair behaviour 
URL https://www.bigrepairproject.org.uk/
 
Title Website and online survey for the Big Compost Experiment 
Description The Big Compost Experiment is a nationwide research project about the role and effectiveness of compostable and biodegradable packaging. It is one of the research initiatives of UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub, an 18-month interdisciplinary research project (funded by UKRI and EPSRC) aimed at developing new ways of designing out plastic waste. It comprises a short online survey of your opinions on compostable and biodegradable packaging, and how you process food waste. There is also an optional home composting experiment for those who wish to participate further. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact There is the opportunity to analyse the data collected on the UK's use and composting of biodegradable and compostable plastics, in order to make more informed recommendations for the use of biodegradable and compostable plastics as alternatives to single-use plastics, i.e. policy-making process and future strategies. This data will also help to build our Live Composting Map, a live map of home-composting activities across the UK. 
URL https://www.bigcompostexperiment.org.uk
 
Description Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University 
Organisation Coventry University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Jointly drafted NERC BBP research proposal with Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry (CAWR); internal submission
Collaborator Contribution Jointly drafted NERC BBP research proposal with Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry (CAWR); internal submission
Impact Applied for NERC grant, unsuccessful.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Closed Loop Partners 
Organisation Closed Loop Partners, LLC
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Signed MOU for an innovation and research partnership with Closed Loop Partners (11 October 2019).
Collaborator Contribution Launched Center for the Circular Economy, a collaboration center for public- and private-sector innovators to commercialise products, services, and technologies that are leading the transition to a circular economy. Manages a global innovation challenge, "The Next Gen Cup Consortium", and invites submission from UCL. Also invited UCL to become an innovation partner with our Center for the Circular Economy.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2019
 
Description Deliveroo 
Organisation Deliveroo plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Advise on the 'ECO' button for the App. for delivering take-away meals.
Collaborator Contribution Data. NDA signed
Impact Multidisciplinary
Start Year 2019
 
Description MACE 
Organisation Mace
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have completed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of New Student Centre to inform UCL East construction case study.
Collaborator Contribution Data on construction materials of New Student Centre at UCL East provided to team members to conduct analyses.
Impact Output in preparation.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Queen's University Belfast 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Jointly presented at the Northern Ireland Science Festival, 13-23 February 2020
Collaborator Contribution Jointly presented at the Northern Ireland Science Festival, 13-23 February 2020
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description Woodland Trust 
Organisation Woodland Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We conducted a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to understand the environmental impact of using tree shelters; comparing the emissions when using different materials of tree shelters (PP and PLA), as well as without tree shelters as a whole.
Collaborator Contribution WT provided data to better help them understand the environmental impact of tree shelters.
Impact C. Chau, A. Paulillo, N. Lu, M. Miodownik, P. Lettieri (pending peer review) 'The Environmental Performance of Protecting Seedlings with Plastic Tree Shelters to Increase Woodland Cover in the UK.'
Start Year 2019
 
Company Name PLASTIC WASTE BOARDS LIMITED 
Description UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub was invited by Plastic Waste Boards Ltd to carry out a proof of concept on the design and manufacture of recycled plastic planks. Plastic Waste Boards Ltd wanted to understand the potential to manufacture a scaffolding plank made from recycled material, and, if so, what the most economic manufacturing process to do so would be. 
Year Established 2019 
Impact This industrial collaboration resulted in the proof of concept on the design and manufacture of recycled-PET scaffolding boards and circular-economy business model. Patents and funding are also being explored.
 
Description Article, 'Biodegradable alternatives may not be silver bullet to solve the plastics crisis,' Nuu: Digital Voice of the Advanced Bioeconomy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed to an article questioning the merits of various green solutions to the plastics crisis, including plant-based and biodegradable materials. This article was written in direct response to article in The Guardian (7 July 2019).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://biofuelsdigest.com/nuudigest/2019/07/08/biodegradable-alternatives-may-not-be-silver-bullet-t...
 
Description Article, 'Biodegradable plastic is misleading because most will not break down in compost heaps, UCL scientists say,' The Telegraph 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed to article about the misleading information around biodegradable plastics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/06/biodegradable-plastic-misleading-will-not-break-compost-...
 
Description Article, 'Biodegradable plastic is misleading because most will not break down in compost heaps, say UCL scientists,' British Plastics and Rubber 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed expert opinion to article on compostable and biodegradable products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.britishplastics.co.uk/Environment/biodegradable-plastic-is-misleading-because-most-will-...
 
Description Article, 'Can UCL scientists win the race against single-use plastics?' Kinesis Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof John Ward and Dr Dragana Dobrijevic contributed to an article for Kinesis Magazine, the UCL Life Sciences student publication, about what strategies UCL staff and students can employ to achieve its commitment to go plastic-free by 2024.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://kinesismagazine.com/2020/01/12/can-ucl-scientists-win-the-race-against-the-use-of-single-use...
 
Description Article, 'Can we break our addiction to plastic? The future of packaging,' Financial Times 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed to article about the future of plastic packaging and possible alternatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ft.com/content/27cf9734-faa7-11e9-98fd-4d6c20050229
 
Description Article, 'Chucking Compostable Packaging In Your Food Bin Not As Eco-Friendly As You Think,' Huffington Post 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed expertise and opinions to article on biodegradable products and their unintended environmental consequences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/chucking-compostable-waste-in-your-food-bin-might-not-be-as-e...
 
Description Article, 'Citizen Science: The Big Compost Experiment,' The Week: Junior 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Contributed information about the Big Compost Experiment to short article for Science World (The Week: Junior).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Article, 'Compostable cups end up inlandfill,' Scottish Daily Mail 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed expertise and research to article about compostable products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20190607/282351156273939
 
Description Article, 'FPA wants more honesty in compostables debate,' Packaging News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contribution to article that debates the relative virtues of compostable and biodegradable plastic packaging.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.packagingnews.co.uk/news/fpa-wants-honesty-compostables-debate-10-06-2019
 
Description Article, 'Icon News goes back to paper!' Icon News, The Institute of Conservation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contribution to Icon News's research into biodegradable plastics as viable alternative to plastic films. As a result, Icon News is now packaged in a paper envelope, rather than a plastic film. Mark Miodownik interviewed as part of the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://icon.org.uk/news/icon-news-goes-back-to-paper
 
Description Article, 'Mark Miodownik: There is 'no value' in biodegradable plastic (at the moment)' BBC Science Focus Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact With retailers beginning to switch from single-use plastic to biodegradable, compostable, or recyclable alternatives, Mark Miodownik discusses their potential harm to the environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/mark-miodownik-there-is-no-value-in-biodegradable-plastic-at-the-m...
 
Description Article, 'Plastic planet: The plastic problem,' The Bartlett Review 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Mark Miodownik, Prof Susan Michie, and Dr Teresa Domenech contributed their research and ideas to a feature article about the plastic-waste problem for The Bartlett Review 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/about-us/bartlett-review/bartlett-review-2019
 
Description Article, 'Sainsbury's to become the first British supermarket to ditch plastic bags for fruit and veg,' The Telegraph 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed to thinking behind article on reducing plastic waste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/06/sainsburys-becomes-first-supermarket-get-rid-plastic-bag...
 
Description Article, 'Teabags: Is there plastic in yours?' BBC News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed to short article online about the use of single-use plastics in teabags.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50260687
 
Description Article, 'The compostable products that could take years to break down,' The Times 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed expert opinion to article on the truth behind compostable products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/compostable-products-landfill-years-breakdown-disposable-q3ccfvdv...
 
Description Article, 'The search for a cleaner, greener plastic,' The Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed expertise and opinion to article for The Observer about finding solutions to plastic waste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/07/the-search-for-a-cleaner-greener-plastic-ocean-p...
 
Description Article, 'What is The Big Compost Experiment?' Gardens Illustrated 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Danielle Purkiss and Prof Mark Miodownik contributed to an article to Gardens Illustrated on the Big Compost Experiment, our nationwide citizen science compost experiment that looks at whether 'compostable' plastics can actually be composted. The article has encouraged more people to participate in the online survey and experiment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.gardensillustrated.com/feature/big-compost-experiment-plastic-waste/?utm_source=twitter&...
 
Description Article, Just Rot True,' The Sun 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed to article about the relative value of single-use plastics and biodegradable products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9241329/cutlery-coffee-cups-compostable-decay/
 
Description BBC Inside Science Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Big Repair Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0013hjr
 
Description BBC Radio 4 Interview Face Masks, 31 May 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed about reusable face masks and plastic waste on BBC Radio 4.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jnk1
 
Description BBC Radio 4 TODAY programme contributor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Today programme interview
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Channel 5 News, 15 July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed on face masks and plastic waste for Channel 5 News.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Event called If I Do Just One Thing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science-/whats-on/2021/if-i-do-just-one-thing/ 
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival YouTube presentation, 6 June 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact DP and MM presenting BCE and 'live compost reveal' on YouTube
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science-home/whats-on/grid
 
Description Compostables; helping to reduce packaging waste or causing more hidden damage than good? as part of Big Plastics Debate, Packaging Innovations, Olympia London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mark Miodownik took part in a panel discussion, with materials experts Bruce Bratley, CEO and founder of First Mile, and Andy Sweetman, chairman of BBIA, to assess whether compostables they are helping to reduce packaging waste or causing more hidden damage than good. The discussion was followed by a Q&A session, during which only 10% of audience voted on the feasibility of biodegradables.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Critical Conversations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Online discussion Right to repair: how can we end built-in obsolescence?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.raeng.org.uk/events/events-programme/2021/october/critical-conversations-right-to-repair...
 
Description Dare to Repair - How We Broke the Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact World Service Radio Series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct2gj1
 
Description Dare to Repair Radio Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Importance of Repairability to Sustainability
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000vgh8
 
Description Dare to Repair interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact You and Yours BBC Radio 4 Consumer Affairs Programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Design Iteration and Prototyping, short course at University College London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Taught 'Design Iteration and Prototyping' module to BASc and BEng students, UCL
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Deutsche Welle interview, 5 January 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed about face masks and plastic waste for Deutsche Welle (DW).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description EPSRC: Designing-out Plastic Waste, short film 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Short film produced by and for the EPSRC, in which Professor Mark Miodownik and Prof Helen Hailes from UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Fund discuss the plastic waste crisis and the 'Designing-out Plastic Waste' project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=T19aqcu4rYQ
 
Description Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Summit 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The 2019 Summit brought together world leading thinkers, innovators, and pioneers, who are refining and implementing the vision of an economic system that is restorative and regenerative, by design.

Mark Miodownik took part in a panel discussion around materials innovation, addressing themes such as the need for a cross-industry approach to sustainability; product durability and repairability; and the importance of embracing environmental and economic challenges when designing (particularly plastic) products. He was joined by a penal of experts, including Florian Graichen, Science Leader at Scion, Daniella Russo, Founder and CEO of Think Beyond Plastic, and Catia Bastioli, CEO of Novamont.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oh5ZXfAH64
 
Description Environmental Materials 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Sustainability talk ay St Pauls School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Festival of Stuff talk: Plastic Fantastic with Mark Miodownik 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of Festival of Stuff 2019, Mark Miodownik explored the materiality of the plastics with demos and samples. The event was followed by a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/events/detail/festival-of-stuff-talk-plastic-fantastic-with-mar...
 
Description Financial Times Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Big Repair Project Interivew
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ft.com/content/aabe2aee-cd2b-42e4-9a0b-51f838da89db?shareType=nongift
 
Description Fully Charged Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Right to Repair discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://fullycharged.show/podcasts/podcast-132-the-right-to-repair-with-helen-czerski/
 
Description GCSE Science Live! Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The primary objective of GCSE Science Live! is to generate greater enthusiasm for science amongst GCSE pupils. The events are nationwide and the students are encouraged to ask questions and engage in debate with the panel of speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://gcsesciencelive.net/event_categories/manchester-2/
 
Description GCSE Science Live! Symphony Hall, Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The primary objective of GCSE Science Live! is to generate greater enthusiasm for science amongst GCSE pupils. The events are nationwide and the students are encouraged to ask questions and engage in debate with the panel of speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://gcsesciencelive.net/event_categories/birmingham/
 
Description Gardeners World Magazine, January 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed about Big Compost Experiment for Gardeners World Magazine
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.pressreader.com/uk/gardeners-world/20201223/285366224411969
 
Description Girl Guides War on Plastic, London. UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Danielle Purkiss and Charnett Chau from UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub shared their research and ideas around plastic waste with London's Girl Guides. There is the potential to do another event around composting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GuardianOnline, 29 July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed on plastic waste for GuardianOnline article: "Ditch the gloves, buy a litter-picker, but don't carshare! How to be eco-friendly in a pandemic"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jul/29/ditch-the-gloves-buy-a-litter-picker-but-dont-c...
 
Description Guest editorial - "There are no sustainable materials", environmentalScientist, February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Wrote guest editorial - "There are no sustainable materials" for environmentalScientist, February 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.the-ies.org/sites/default/files/journals/world-wakes-up.pdf
 
Description ITV News, 14 July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed on face masks and plastic waste for ITV News.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description IdentiPlast 2019: 14th International Conference on the Recycling and Recovery of Plastics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The 14th edition of IdentiPlast, Europe's leading conference focused on the recycling and recovery of used plastics, was the largest ever. It featured talks from over 50 world-leading speakers in plastics recycling and waste management and had over 340 attendees. Prof Mark Miodownik was brought on-board as a 'motivational speaker' on Day 2 of the conference, which focused on the technical aspects of improving the management of plastic waste, ranging from increasing collection, improving sorting technologies, and adapting recycling processes to a large variety of waste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.plasticseurope.org/en/newsroom/events/2019/identiplast-2019
 
Description If I Do Just One Thing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cheltenham Science Festival Sustainability Event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science-/whats-on/2021/if-i-do-just-one-thing/
 
Description Inside Science interview, 19 November 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Publicised a public webinar on Compostable Plastics during BBC Radio 4 Inside Science programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000ph4n
 
Description Inspiration Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Royal Institution Family talk, Zoe Laughlin, Ben Oldfrey, Mark Miodownik
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.rigb.org/whats-on/your-inspiration-making-material-difference
 
Description Interivew for The Sun 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Charnett Chou interviewed by The Sun "Plastic Masks, Waste and Recycling"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Interview for Al Jazeera TV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview of Charnett Chou on "UK: Warnings over environmental impact of disposable masks"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnbEaSht9SU
 
Description Interview for Breakfast on BBC Radio Tees, 28 April 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talked about the impact of using reusable face masks during COVID-19 pandemic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview for First News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark Miodownik interviewed for First News about Chemical Recycling
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Interview for Nylon Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Charnett Chau Progress on plastic choked by 100m discarded masks a week"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.nylon.com/fashion/disposable-masks-impact-on-the-environment-how-to-help-prevent-it
 
Description Interview for The Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark Miodownik interviewed about tree guard work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/24/trees-should-be-planted-without-plastic-guards-s...
 
Description Interview for The Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark Miodownik interviewed for "'It comes from bacteria, and goes back to bacteria': the future of plastic alternatives"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/15/it-comes-from-bacteria-and-goes-back-to-bacteria...
 
Description Interview for The Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Big Repair Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jan/23/right-to-repair-uk-tech-electronic-waste?CMP=Shar...
 
Description Interview for The Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark Miodownik interviewed about nappies for "Reuse? Compost? Dump? Solving the eco-conundrum of nappies"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/20/disposable-nappies-plastic-waste-diapers
 
Description Interview for The Independant 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Charnett Chou interviewed about tree guard work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/tree-planting-plastic-carbon-reforestation-b190781...
 
Description Interview for Today (Radio 4), 9 June 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact (0:52:05) interviewed about wearing face masks in pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jvyw
 
Description Interview for the Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark Miodownik interviewed for Article "Not cricket? Scientists suggest bamboo bats are a match for willow" comments on environmental sustainability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/10/not-cricket-scientists-suggest-bamboo-bats-are-a-mat...
 
Description Interview in The Week, 12 June 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed on face masks and environmental impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.theweek.co.uk/107241/ppe-environmental-pandemic-fact-check
 
Description Interview on Good Morning Scotland (BBC), 29 April 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talked about the impact of using reusable face masks during COVID-19 pandemic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview with New York Times re plastic waste and face masks, 1 July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed by Miranda Green, New York Times, re: research into face masks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/climate/nyt-climate-newsletter-masks.html?
 
Description IoM Repair Cafe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Repair Workshops
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/events/detail/repair-cafe-electronics-repair
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Network webinar, 4 June 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This online event provided details about the ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (SSPP). The workshop opened with presentations from behaviour change experts and practitioners in academia and industry, and concluded with guided and participatory discussions around behaviour change issues related to packaging waste. AA presented at the webinar, in which she discussed behaviour change methods and frameworks for developing interventions to reduce packaging waste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description LCA for Circular Economy Plastics Network, UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion of LCA methodologies across eight Plastics Research Innovation Fund (PRIF) projects, which includes UCL. Day-long event organised by Charnett Chau (UCL) and Xiaoyu Yan (University of Exeter).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description LCA for Circular Economy of Plastics Network, UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented the opportunity to share LCA methodologies amongst researchers involved in the eight Plastics Research and Innovation Fund (PRIF) projects, of which UCL is one.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lab Innovations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Royal Society of Chemistry. Lab Innovation Exhibition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.labbulletin.com/articles/get-ready-the-return-lab-innovations
 
Description Launch of UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact More than 100 people attended the launch of the Plastic Waste Innovation Hub, including UCL staff, those from industry, public sector, government, and the public. The event opened with a welcome from Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Dean of UCL Engineering, followed by an overview of government policy by Thomas Pye from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The goals of the UK Plastic Pact and the role of WRAP were then outlined by Viktoria Salisbury (WRAP), and Sally Bekin (Innovate UK) described the work of the UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN). This was followed by a vision for the Plastic Waste Hub and brief presentations from the core project team on the Designing-out Plastic Waste project. Questions from the audience were wide ranging; there was significant interest in the causal relationship between plastic waste, marine pollution, and the role of the fishing industry. The availability of fifteen summer studentships to explore different aspects of the plastic waste problem was announced.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.plasticwastehub.org.uk/news/ucl-launches-its-plastic-waste-innovation-hub
 
Description Life Cycle Assessment and Design Information Gathering, short course at University College London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Charnett Chau and Danielle Purkiss from UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub taught 'Life Cycle Assessment and Design Information Gathering' to BASc and BEng students, UCL
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Life Cycle Assessment and Qualitative Research, short course at University College London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact UCL's Plastic Waste Hub researchers, Danielle Purkiss and Charnett Chau, gave qualitative-research methods lecture to Arts and Sciences (BASc) and Biochemical Engineering (BEng) students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lunchtime Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UCL Lunchtime Lecture by Prof Paola Letteri and Charnett Chou 'Towards Net Zero: LCA Tools"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tHhomYR2dY
 
Description MailOnline, 8 July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed on face masks and environmental sustainability for MailOnline: "Are face masks the new plastic pollution? Concerns grow over spikes in litter as people improperly dispose of used PPE"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8502883/Concerns-grow-improperly-discarded-masks.htm...
 
Description Materials for 21st Century 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Sustainability talk at Collyers School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Media broadcast, 'Ci siamo imballati,' Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana Spa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Mark Miodownik shares his views on the plastic packaging debate, and the present need to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.rai.it/programmi/report/inchieste/Futuro-imballo-afe1919f-022e-4b5e-8e05-b5d2fa8eb1ac.ht...
 
Description Media broadcast, 'Using less: what can we give up for the planet?' TRT World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Teresa Domenech participated in a roundtable discussion about the environmental consequences of climate change, and what we can do to help.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh5kZ5zIciY
 
Description Munchen TEDX Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Animate materials talk and debate
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://mbasic.facebook.com/cookie/consent-page/?next_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fmbasic.facebook.com%2Ftedxmu...
 
Description New Designers Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Discussion with young designers on importance of Repair sponsored by Anglepoise
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description One Pop! Bottle workshop, Charles Dickens Primary School, London. SE1 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Prof Mark Miodownik and Artist-in-Residence Ruby Wright presented One Pop! Bottle, their new book about recycling plastics, to a school group of 400 students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk
 
Description Perspectives on a better future for plastics, as part of Raw Materials: Plastics, Bow Arts, The Nunnery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark Miodownik covered topics including molecular recycling, bio-derived polymers, the plastic life-cycle, and our own changing behaviour towards materials. The event was followed by a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://bowarts.org/nunnery/perspectives-on-a-better-future-for-plastics
 
Description Presentation: 'Delightful and Dangerous Liquids,' as part of NI Science Festival 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Mark Miodownik presented a talk exploring the liquids that can bring death and destruction as well as wonder and fascination, in line with the research for his recent book, Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives (Penguin Books: London, 2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nisciencefestival.com/event.php?e=47
 
Description Presentation: 'Materials for the 21st Century,' as part of 'Chemistry in Action,' Emmanuel Centre, London. N1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Prof Mark Miodownik led a session entitled 'Materials for the 21st Century' to A Level and IB students, as part of 'Chemistry in Action,' a series of events organised to inspire scientists of the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://thetrainingpartnership.org.uk/study-day/chemistry-in-action-2-03-2020/
 
Description Radio 5 Live, 23 July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on face masks and plastic waste for BBC Radio 5 Live.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Radio Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC You and Yours Consumer Affairs Programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000xfgv
 
Description Radio Interview - Facemasks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Radio Wolverhampton interview with Charnett Chou
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Radio broadcast, Broadcasting House, BBC Radio 4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Mark Miodownik discussed the Big Compost Experiment, our nationwide citizen science project, on this Sunday morning news magazine programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000bdld
 
Description Radio broadcast, Cambridge 105 FM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Danielle Purkiss was invited for an interview with Cambridge 105 FM to discuss the Big Compost Experiment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://cambridge105.co.uk/leigh-chambers-23-12-2019/
 
Description Radio broadcast, Inside Science, BBC Radio 4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Danielle Purkiss and Prof Mark Miodownik discussed The Big Compost Experiment, our nationwide citizen science project launched as part of Designing-out Plastic Waste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009yxv
 
Description Radio programme, 'BBC World Service,' BBC Radio 4, 27 February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Mark Miodownik talks to BBC Radio 4's 'World Service' about single-use plastic sachets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p084wl1x
 
Description Radio programme, 'PM,' BBC Radio 4, 26 February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Mark Miodownik talked to BBC Radio 4's 'PM' programme about single-use plastic sachets, in response to A Plastic Planet's call for sachets to be outlawed. Mark Miodownik calls for systems change and reuse, rather than swapping out materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000fq8d
 
Description Radio, 'The Big Compost Experiment,' 'BBC Inside Science,' BBC Radio 4, 27 February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Mark Miodownik and Danielle Purkiss update on their Big Compost Experiment for UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub. Launched back in November, the team asked members of the public to fill in an online questionnaire about their composting and recycling habits. With special reference to plastic packaging labelled as 'compostable', they want to find out whether the public's compost bins can break down these products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000fpbv
 
Description Recovery Centre Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Right to Repair Discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Repair Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Institute of Making Repair Workshops
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/events/detail/repair-week-right-to-repair-talk
 
Description Right to Repair - Going Forward 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organized by Rediscovery Centre - The National Centre for the Circular Economy (Ireland); Mark featured as speaker
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Right to Repair Discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Radio 4 - Broadcasting House
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description School presentation, Akiva School, East Finchley 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub ran an educational workshop, as part of Akiva School's Art & Science Week, in order to raise awareness of plastic waste and recycling. The children were aged between 5 and 11 years old; there were 450 children in total. The event was followed by a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Short report on impact of single-use masks in The Guardian, 1 May 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Short report on using reusable face masks, not single-use surgical masks, if face coverings become part of the UK's exit strategy for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Solving a problem like plastic, NewScientistLive 2019, ExCel London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this talk, Mark Miodownik showcased the latest research, technologies, and social movements that promise to create a zero-waste economy. The event was followed by a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://live.newscientist.com/2019-speaker-programme/solving-a-problem-like-plastic#/
 
Description Sunday Times Article on Face Masks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview about the plastic waste due to face masks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/progress-on-plastic-choked-by-100m-discarded-masks-a-week-56wrk38...
 
Description Sustainability: driving change within companies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Right to Repair Business Event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Tech Obselecence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Which? Money Podcast
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.which.co.uk/money/podcast
 
Description The Architects' Journal Retrofit Awards 2019, The Brewery, London. EC1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The AJ Retrofit Awards celebrates the design expertise behind the vital renewal and repurposing of existing buildings, slashing the industry's carbon footprint in the process. With a huge spend on upgrading housing, commercial, and industrial buildings in prospect, retrofits will play a major role in the future of UK construction. The awards cover nine categories, including healthcare, housing, higher education, and listed buildings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://retrofit.architectsjournal.co.uk
 
Description The Challenges of Ending Plastic Waste, as part of Pint of Science, Northern Monk Refractory, Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this talk, Mark Miodownik discussed the technical and cultural issues around doing the right thing for the environment, particularly in regard to biodegradable plastics. The event encouraged audience participation and lively debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/the-challenges-of-ending-plastic-waste
 
Description The Future of Distributed Ledger Technology, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge. UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Poster presentation as part of the event. Knowledge sharing and discussions around the potential and possibilities of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) as a technology for both Government and the UK as a whole.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://gateway.newton.ac.uk/event/tgmw71
 
Description The Guardian on single-use masks, 8 May 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Short report on using reusable face masks, not single-use surgical masks, if face coverings become part of the UK's exit strategy for the Covid-19 pandemic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description The Guardian, 16 July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed on face masks and plastic waste for a Guardian article: ""What kind of face mask best protects against coronavirus?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/27/what-kind-of-face-mask-best-protects-against-coronavir...
 
Description The Independent, 13 July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed for The Independent article: "THE NEW PLASTIC BOTTLE? HOW TO DISPOSE OF FACE MASKS IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-SAFE WAY"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/face-masks-coverings-dispose-throw-away-safe-environment-li...
 
Description The Miracle of Plastic, 2019 Waste Zone, part of Futurebuild 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This event, as part of Futurebuild 2019's 'Waste Zone' seminars, brought together over 50 international circular economy industry specialists to share their insights into circular-design thinking in architecture and design, and to inspire and educate visitors into taking steps to support the move away from the industry's current throwaway culture. In a panel session titled 'The Miracle of Plastic', Prof Mark Miodownik discussed plastic's ability to help us achieve a circular economy. The talk was followed by a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://eventguides.co.uk/Futurebuild_2019_Event_Guide/
 
Description The Observer Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A trip to the dump is one of my great pleasures in life - and I'm not alone
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/may/22/trip-to-the-dump-great-pleasures-in-life-not-al...
 
Description The Plastic Waste Solution, part of Cheltenham Science Festival 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event focused on new research into plastic waste, as well as the technologies and social movements promising to create a zero-waste economy. The event was followed by a Q&A session and created a lot of press interest, both in relation to UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub and the wider issues around plastic waste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://issuu.com/cheltenhamfestivals/docs/science_festival_2019_brochure
 
Description The Problem of Plastic Waste - How to Make a Difference, as part of Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge XII, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London. UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This two-day conference featured a mix of sessions on the latest engineering challenges, solutions, technologies, and research managing the problem of incontinence. It involved several interactive sessions aimed at stimulating discussion and sharing ideas, including workshops and Q&A sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://events.imeche.org/ViewEvent?code=CON6799
 
Description The Problem with Plastics, part of Bradford Literature Festival 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this hour-long talk as part of Bradford Literature Festival 2019, Mark Miodownik introduced the concept of 'designing-out' plastic waste, while also exploring the science, history, and the positives of plastic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/event/mark-miodownik-problem-plastics/
 
Description Thinking through Plastic, as part of Small Steps, Big Ideas, Library at Conway Hall, Bloomsbury Festival 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Several of the team from UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub led an informative discussion about the current state of plastics and how to use them more sustainably. Topics covered included molecular recycling, bio-derived polymers, the life-cycle of plastics, and our own changing behaviour towards materials. The event was followed by a Q&A session, and drummed up interest in our nationwide Citizen Science project, the Big Compost Experiment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/event/small-steps-big-ideas-thinking-through-plastic/
 
Description Through the Microscope: The lively art of decomposition, fermentation and transformation, Calthorpe Community Garden, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Involvement in the workshop created interest in our nationwide Citizen Science experiment, the Big Compost Experiment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub - Community-building Workshop, London. WC1H 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This community-building event, which was organised by UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub, aimed at discussing the challenges of plastic waste, and to learn about potential opportunities for working together to ameliorate the situation. It provided an opportunity to network with specialists from across a community of practice, including manufacturers, retailers, policy makers, local government, sustainability charities, and waste management. Delegates participated in a community-building session to generate, and discuss new ideas and approaches to the plastic-waste challenge, including: new recyclable materials; new designs with improved functionality and sustainability; new/improved recycling technologies and processes; new/improved supply chain and business models; and environmental impacts and behaviour change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description UKRI Circular Plastic LCA Network, Central House, UCL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A knowledge-sharing and collaborative event organised by the UKRI Circular Plastic Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Unwrapping the Packaging Problem, British Library 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Mark Miodownik took part in a panel discussion, in which the panel considered plastic packaging materials and methods and asked: What routes forward are there for society and science? With materials scientist Mark Miodownik, and Everyday Plastic Project team artist Daniel Webb and scientist Julie Schneider. The panel discussion was followed by a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bl.uk/events/unwrapping-the-packaging-problem
 
Description Waitrose Weekend, 2 July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed on plastic waste for Waitrose Weekend Magazine
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description War on Plastics segment (BBC 1), 1 September 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contributed segment to BBC 1 programme - War on Plastics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fprogrammes%2Fm0005...
 
Description Woodland Trust article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article called "What shall we do about tree shelters?" for WoodWise Magazine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/
 
Description You and yours (BBC Radio 4), 13 July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed on Face masks and Plastic Waste
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kw49