Many Happy Returns - Enabling reusable packaging systems

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Psychology

Abstract

Our current approach to packaging food and other products is not sustainable; being primarily based on single-use plastics that, when disposed of incorrectly, cause significant harm to the environment. Recycling, while clearly a better option than landfill, also has its limitations - e.g., the functional properties of plastics degrade as a result of the recycling process. And reducing consumption is only possible to a certain degree. It is therefore clear that we - that is science, industry, government, and society - need to find ways to enable people to reuse packaging, such that it stays in circulation longer before ending up in the waste stream. The proposed research, led by a multidisciplinary team of scientists working in partnership with key stakeholders, will explore models of reuse and provide the insights needed to enable a wholesale shift toward reuse.

Our research will be structured around five work packages (WPs). WP1 will examine the language that people use to describe different types of plastic and actions associated with their reuse / disposal. We will study the extent to which public understanding of plastic and actions is aligned with that of stakeholders (e.g., local authorities, manufacturers), and how language can be used as a tool to promote changes in thinking and behaviour (e.g., by describing materials and actions in different ways). WP2 will look at both historical (e.g., doorstep delivery of milk) and contemporary (e.g., supermarket refill stations) models of reuse, as well as standardised models of packaging (e.g., tin cans) to identify what role reuse might play in the future and what factors might facilitate and/or impede this. WP3 will identify what people might be willing to reuse, when, and why. We will also consider the point at which deterioration in materials and / or potential contamination makes reuse unacceptable; and, critically, how such decisions might be shifted in an effort to promote (appropriate) reuse. WP4 will use life cycle assessment to identify the environmental impacts of a range of different reuse models in a range of different contexts; thereby providing the data needed to accurately determine which model of reuse is "best". Finally, WP5 will investigate the suitability of current and emerging polymers, and other materials for reusable packaging by simulating repeated washing and potential contamination by ingredients in food, personal care, and household products.

Together, the outputs of the proposed research will be an understanding, based on robust scientific data, of when and how reuse models for plastic packaging make good sense. For example, our research may lay the groundwork for promoting a societal-shift in thinking toward buying the product, but renting the packaging. Our approach recognises that a new system that prioritises reuse, and then recycling, of durable materials requires a step change in behaviour and that truly creative and novel ideas occur at the interfaces between disciplines, when different perspectives are brought together in an open and 'safe' environment. The applicants have demonstrated their ability to work together as a multidisciplinary team alongside key stakeholders as in an on-going single use plastics project. The present proposal describes the research needed to translate this expertise and initial ideas into scientifically rigorous and joined up data that can provide the basis for delivering reuse as a national (and potentially international) vision; thereby, preventing plastic from entering the environment and stimulating more sustainable business, supply chain, and economic models.

Publications

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Greenwood, S (2021) Reusable Plastic Packaging - Threat or Opportunity in Interplas Insights

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Greenwood, S (2021) IOM3 in Refil, return and repurpose - the reuse and recycling paradigm

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Parsons R (2021) The role of plastic packaging in transforming food retailing in British Food Journal

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Ryan A (2021) Engineering chemistry to meet COP26 targets in Nature Reviews Chemistry

 
Description WP1 (language) has compiled two large corpora which are now being analysed.

Household research engagement conducted as part of WP2 has shown that informal forms of reuse are present throughout households. This observation potentially provides valuable foundations for the growth of reuse and the reassurance to commercial partners to scale up the introduction of reuse systems.

The research conducted for WP3 has made it clear that people are relatively unwilling to reuse containers that show signs of use (e.g., for takeaway food). As this poses a potential barrier to the success of reuse systems (within which containers are likely to become worn), we are exploring strategies for increasing willingness to reuse containers.

Anecdotally, it has also become clear from extensive discussions with project partners that a reuse system for dairy food, such as yoghurt, poses a number of significant challenges that need to be addressed before moving forward. We are in the process of detailing these and planning work to explore them further.
Exploitation Route Still in exploration stage.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment

 
Description We continue to make good progress toward our stated aims and objectives. In addition to the activities of the specific work packages, we have set up a trial of reusable containers for takeaway food and drink at two of the food outlets at the University of Sheffield which went 'live' in September 2021. In addition to having a direct impact on sustainability at the University, members of the team will use this trial as a 'living lab' within which to test questions about reuse systems. We also continue to explore return models for ice cream and yoghurt pots (we have put together a team that will use a methodology called 'Discovery Driven Planning' to detail the proposed model and assumptions, which can be evaluated within subsequent research).
First Year Of Impact 2021
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Oral evidence given to EFRA committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/event/6621/formal-meeting-oral-evidence-session/
 
Description Written response to the EFRA consultation of Plastic Waste
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Written response to the consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging, Second Consultation.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://consult.defra.gov.uk/extended-producer-responsibility/extended-producer-responsibility-for-p...
 
Description Written response to the consultation on Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Second Consultation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environment/consultation-on-introducing-a-drs/
 
Description Business-driven systemic solutions for sustainable plastic packaging reuse schemes in mass market applications (BUDDIE-PACK)
Amount € 6,887,182 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2022 
End 01/2025
 
Description Capturing and Processing Compostable Packaging - Behaviour Change Interventions and Infrastructure Considerations
Amount £896,611 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 01/2025
 
Description Festival of the Mind - Plastic: A Cheap Luxury?
Amount £4,786 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 09/2022
 
Description Festival of the Mind - Yes, it's plastic, but
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 09/2022
 
Description TRACE - Technology enabled Reusable Assets for a Circular Economy
Amount £1,398,911 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 01/2024
 
Title A paradigm to measure the point at which people become unwilling to use reusable containers 
Description Computer-based task for measuring the point at wich people become unwilling to reuse containers 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Research insights as described in our forthcoming paper in the Journal of Cleaner Production 
URL http://osf.io/5tnmb
 
Title Language Corpus 1 
Description A corpus of public-facing texts around plastic, packaging and reuse, including responses to a survey sent to representatives of industry. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact To be analysed 
 
Description Alt Labelling Workshop - Loughborough University 
Organisation Loughborough University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Small creative workshop on the themes of alt labelling and other strategies to shape perception of material change in the content of food packagin
Collaborator Contribution Small creative workshop on the themes of alt labelling and other strategies to shape perception of material change in the content of food packagin
Impact Small creative workshop on the themes of alt labelling and other strategies to shape perception of material change in the content of food packagin
Start Year 2022
 
Description City, University of London SSPP challenge project (NE/V010654/1) 
Organisation City, University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Regular engagement by Rorie Parsons with City members, including attending their regular meetings and providing support to their Early Career Researcher on the project, J. Pickering.
Collaborator Contribution Ongoing engagement with City, University of London SSPP challenge project (NE/V010654/1) Regular engagement by Rorie Parsons with City members, including attending their regular meetings and providing support to their Early Career Researcher on the project, J. Pickering.
Impact City, University of London SSPP challenge project (NE/V010654/1) contribution by Rorie Parsons. Current outputs from this collaboration include: co-convening a RGS-IBG Annual International Conference session (sponsored by the Food Geographies Research Group) and a seminar session as part of the University of Sheffield's Human Geography seminar series.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Dairy Reuse Modelling 
Organisation Our Cow Molly Dairy Ice Cream
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution A potential small scale trial of reuse systems for packaging products. The Many Happy Returns team are working together with partners to work on two workstreams. Stream 1 looks at Theory and Stream 2 is for the small-scale practical trial. As part of the Dairy Reuse Modelling, we contracted with an outside partner to delivery some 'Discovery Driven Planning' project methodology training to the internal and external team working on this. Using this methodology we have been able to determine what success will look like, benchmark against the current market and document some assumptions.
Collaborator Contribution Our external partners have helped by attending the meetings and providing their expertise. It was one of our project partners (CHEP), who recommended the Discovery Driven Planning approach and sorted the training - this has been very helpful in moving the work along.
Impact We are still in the discovery phase of this project.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Joint Paper between MHR WP3 (Psychology) and Imperial College London 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working on a paper entitled "Investigating how signs of use affect users' perceptions of reusable packaging. for submission to the Journal of Cleaner Production".
Collaborator Contribution Working on a paper entitled "Investigating how signs of use affect users' perceptions of reusable packaging. for submission to the Journal of Cleaner Production".
Impact The output will be a paper on "Investigating how signs of use affect users' perceptions of reusable packaging. for submission to the Journal of Cleaner Production".
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Interested Parties 
Organisation Britvic
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Impact The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings. These partners are kept up to date of the work of all disciplines including - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Assessment Technology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Interested Parties 
Organisation City, University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Impact The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings. These partners are kept up to date of the work of all disciplines including - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Assessment Technology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Interested Parties 
Organisation Clinical Studies Study Group
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Impact The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings. These partners are kept up to date of the work of all disciplines including - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Assessment Technology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Interested Parties 
Organisation Diageo
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Impact The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings. These partners are kept up to date of the work of all disciplines including - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Assessment Technology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Interested Parties 
Organisation Greenpeace International
Department Greenpeace UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Impact The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings. These partners are kept up to date of the work of all disciplines including - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Assessment Technology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Interested Parties 
Organisation IBM
Department IBM UK Labs Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Impact The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings. These partners are kept up to date of the work of all disciplines including - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Assessment Technology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Interested Parties 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Impact The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings. These partners are kept up to date of the work of all disciplines including - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Assessment Technology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Interested Parties 
Organisation Reckitt Benckiser
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Impact The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings. These partners are kept up to date of the work of all disciplines including - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Assessment Technology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Interested Parties 
Organisation Utrecht University
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Impact The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings. These partners are kept up to date of the work of all disciplines including - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Assessment Technology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Interested Parties 
Organisation World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF UK)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings.
Impact The Many Happy Returns team have kept these partners up to date throughout the project. These partners have an interest in the work we are doing and are invited to attend meetings. These partners are kept up to date of the work of all disciplines including - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Assessment Technology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Many Happy Returns - Project Team Members 
Organisation Our Cow Molly Dairy Ice Cream
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Project stakeholders that attend meeting with the University of Sheffield's project management team. They provide their expertise and advise on the project management and it's outputs.
Collaborator Contribution Project stakeholders that attend meeting with the University of Sheffield's project management team. They provide their expertise and advise on the project management and it's outputs.
Impact The Many Happy Returns Team and these stakeholders have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the project management and the project outputs. Multi-disciplinary as per the project's five workstreams - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Technology
Start Year 2020
 
Description Many Happy Returns Project Partners 
Organisation Marks and Spencer
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs.
Impact The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs. Multi-disciplinary as per the project's five workstreams - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Technology
Start Year 2020
 
Description Many Happy Returns Project Partners 
Organisation Morrison Supermarkets plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs.
Impact The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs. Multi-disciplinary as per the project's five workstreams - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Technology
Start Year 2020
 
Description Many Happy Returns Project Partners 
Organisation Nestlé (Global)
Department Nestlé UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs.
Impact The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs. Multi-disciplinary as per the project's five workstreams - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Technology
Start Year 2020
 
Description Many Happy Returns Project Partners 
Organisation The Co-operative Group Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs.
Impact The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs. Multi-disciplinary as per the project's five workstreams - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Technology
Start Year 2020
 
Description Many Happy Returns Project Partners 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs.
Collaborator Contribution The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs.
Impact The Many Happy Returns Team and these partners have worked together on the project sharing expertise and advising on the outputs. Multi-disciplinary as per the project's five workstreams - Language Social Change Psychology Life Cycle Technology
Start Year 2020
 
Description NERC Advisory Board - New Investigator Award for Digital Reuse Systems 
Organisation Brunel University London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Thomas Webb (Project Lead for Many Happy Returns) will be joining the Advisory Board for a NERC grant proposal for new investigator award looking at digital reuse systems working with Dr Lucia Corsini from Brunel University.
Collaborator Contribution Professor Thomas Webb (Project Lead for Many Happy Returns) will be joining the Advisory Board for a NERC grant proposal for new investigator award looking at digital reuse systems working with Dr Lucia Corsini from Brunel University.
Impact The output will be a grant proposal.
Start Year 2022
 
Description NERC Advisory Board - New Investigator Award for Digital Reuse Systems 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Professor Thomas Webb (Project Lead for Many Happy Returns) will be joining the Advisory Board for a NERC grant proposal for new investigator award looking at digital reuse systems working with Dr Lucia Corsini from Brunel University.
Collaborator Contribution Professor Thomas Webb (Project Lead for Many Happy Returns) will be joining the Advisory Board for a NERC grant proposal for new investigator award looking at digital reuse systems working with Dr Lucia Corsini from Brunel University.
Impact The output will be a grant proposal.
Start Year 2022
 
Description TRACE Project Leads - AMRC 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The team have worked with AMRC on a bid TRACE - Technology enabled Reusable Assets for a Circular Economy from Innovate UK.
Collaborator Contribution The team have worked with AMRC on a bid TRACE - Technology enabled Reusable Assets for a Circular Economy from Innovate UK.
Impact The team have worked with PragmatIC on a bid TRACE - Technology enabled Reusable Assets for a Circular Economy from Innovate UK.
Start Year 2021
 
Description University of Utrecht & Deutsch Umwelthlife 
Organisation Utrecht University
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Sarah Greenwood (Project Lead) had a meeting with University of Utrecht & Deutsch Umwelthlife as they are keen on the reuse agenda.
Collaborator Contribution Sarah Greenwood (Project Lead) had a meeting with University of Utrecht & Deutsch Umwelthlife as they are keen on the reuse agenda.
Impact None for Many Happy Returns to date.
Start Year 2021
 
Description BBC Coverage - Our Cow Molly 
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 BBC Coverage of the University of Sheffield's return to using milk churns from Our Cow Molly.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-58912881
 
Description British Science Festival - Talk 
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 Professor Thomas Webb delivered a talk at the 2021 British Science Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description ER SSPP PPiPL Workshop Series Event (Lancaster University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Workshop to focus on the waste and sustainability elements of the project. Patrick Fairclough from WP5 attended to discuss the MHR project and outputs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Environment and Rural Affairs Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Present information on new materials and approaches to tacking the issue of plastic waste, the alternatives to plastic and alternatives to plastics and traditional mechanical recycling
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Greencore 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Greenwood (Project Lead) had discussions with the ready made salad department at Greencore.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Human Geography Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Human Geography session communicating recent research from WP2 package to the broader Geography Department at Sheffield.

Co-convened with J. Pickering from another SSPP project (City, University of London), session titled 'Food and packaging waste - the role of household consumption and domestic practises in enabling material transitions'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description INTERPLAS Conference - Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Project Lead Sarah Greenwood presented at the conference ' Reusable Plastic Packaging - Threat or Opportunity?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Institute for Sustainable Food 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Rorie is to present recent work from the Redefining Single-use and Many Happy Returns project work. Particularly, the British Food Journal paper and the on-going Reuse and you household engagement work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Living with plastics. Some insights from a Mass Observation Study' in the 'Plastic Geographies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presenting at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference.

Presented 'Plastic-less' food: Unpacking practices engaged with food' in the 'Developing food geographies' session. R. Parsons
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Living with plastics. Some insights from a Mass Observation Study' in the 'Plastic Geographies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presenting at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference.
Presented 'Living with plastics. Some insights from a Mass Observation Study' in the 'Plastic Geographies' session. D.M. Evans, P. Jackson, and R. Parsons
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Mid Project Workshop on Impact 
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 The Many Happy Returns team ran a mid term project workshop to look at impact - working with all project stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Museum of Brands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting in person with Chris Griffin to discuss potential collaboration and research impact with Museum of Brands in the future.

Rorie and Maryam visited the Museum of Brands to explore the museum and exhibitions on display and to gauge whether there is an opportunity to collaborate in broadening our research outputs to their visitors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Plastic Packaging Tax Industry Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The project's work package one lead, Joanna Gavins advised on the language used in advice issued to businesses on a new plastic packaging tax.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan delivered a key note speech at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - KAUST Research Open Week, Riyad, Saudi Arabia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan was the key note speaker at the KAUST Research Open Week in Riyad, Saudi Arabia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://researchopenweek.kaust.edu.sa/
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Panel Discussion Institute of Physics 
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 Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry was part of a panel discussion at the Institute of Physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Panel Discussion RSC Materials Chemistry MC15, Dublin 
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 Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry was part of a panel discussion at the RSC Materials Chemistry MC15, Dublin.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk Australian Institute of BioNano Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a talk on Plastics to the Australian Institute of BioNano Technology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk Australian Polymer Symposium, Brisbane 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry delivered a talk on Plastics to the Australian Polymer Symposium in Brisbane.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk Czech Macromolecular Institute, Prague 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry delivered a talk on Plastics to the Czech Macromolecular Institute in Prague.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk European Polymer Federation, Switzerland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry delivered a talk on Plastics to the European Polymer Federation in Switzerland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk RSC Norfolk Division 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a talk on Plastics to RSC Norfolk Division.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk Radio 4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry delivered a talk about Plastics on Radio 4
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk Royce Institute of Sustainable Polymer-based Advanced Materials 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a talk on Plastics to the Royce Institute of Sustainable Polymer-based Advanced Materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk at Baslow Garden Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a talk on Plastics at Baslow Garden Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk at COP 26 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a talk on Plastics at COP 26, Goals House, Glasgow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk at Radio Sheffield 
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 Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a talk on Plastics ton Radio Sheffield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk on Radio Sheffield (duplicate) 
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 Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry delivered a talk about Plastics on Radio 4
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plastic Talk to the University of Sheffield's Chemistry Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a talk on Plastics to the University of Sheffield's Chemistry Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plenary Lecture at the Italian Chemical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a plenary talk at the Italian Chemical Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plenary Lecture on Plastics at ACS Spring Meeting, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a plenary talk at the ACS Springs Meeting, USA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plenary Lecture on Plastics at Accademia Nazionale Italia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a plenary lecture on Plastics to RSC Norfolk Division.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plenary Lecture on Plastics at IUPAC Polymer Congress, Korea 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a plenary talk on plastics at IUPAC Polymer Congress, Korea.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Anthony J Ryan - Plenary Lecture on Plastics at RSC Materials Chemistry MC15, Dublin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anthony J Ryan (OBE) Chemistry gave a plenary lecture at RSC Materials Chemistry MC15, Dublin
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Co-convening of Food Geographies Research Group session 'Geographies of Material Recovery in Food Systems: Understanding responses and reactions to plastic pollution in a time of disruption' at the 2022 RGS_IBG Annual International Conference.

In collaboration with J Pickering of the City, University of London SSPP challenge project, Rorie is co-convening the 'Geographies of Material Recovery' session. Currently planned to include between 4 to 8 presentations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Reuse and You - Survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online survey to understand current knowledge of and engagement with reuse options in the UK.

A short online survey that is advertised to gauge current knowledge and engagement with reuse systems. Primarily used to recruit possible interested participants to the Reuse and you household engagement study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://forms.gle/LBmg4n8NaGGGM4bW6
 
Description School of English Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The project's work package one lead, Joanna Gavins has written a blog on the School of English's website about the role of linguistics in reducing plastic pollution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description The Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Rachael Rothman gave evidence at The Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Committee for their inquiry into plastic waste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/event/6621
 
Description The Language of Disposal - presentation 
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 Presentation by Many Happy Returns work package 1 regarding the language of disposal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description UK Plastics PACT Reuse/Refil CAG 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Joanna Gavin, our work package 1 lead (languages), gave a presentation at the UK Plastics Pact Reuse/Refil CAG
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description University of Manchester, Circular Economy Group - Sustainable Consumption Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Communicate MHR to another SSPP group, 'One bin to rule them all' at the University of Manchester. Seminar session.

Rorie, Rachael and Sarah presented recent research from the MHR project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description University of Sheffield Heritage Circle Lunch - presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Professor Joanna Gavins, the Many Happy Returns work package 1 Investigator presented the findings of her work package to the University of Sheffield donors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description WRAP and ASDA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The project's work package 1 lead Joanna Gavins is providing advice to Rachel Grey from WRAP and behaviourchange.co.uk about their work with ASDA on their refil zone (these are face to face meetings and over email).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description WWF Roundtable Discussions 
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 Professor Thomas Webb (Project Lead) to attend roundtable discussion with WWF.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022