Smart sustainable plastic packaging challenge

Fruit in plastic containers on supermarket shelf

The smart sustainable plastic packaging (SSPP) challenge will establish the UK as a leader in smart sustainable packaging and support a reduction in waste entering the environment.

In total it will fund up to £60 million to support academic-led research to address known problems and to support industry-led collaborative research and development of new technologies, matched by £149 million from industry.

The challenge aims to:

  • tackle the environmental impact of plastic packaging through the development of a more sustainable plastic packaging supply chain in the UK
  • drive research and innovation to develop more sustainable plastic packaging materials and designs, and enable new recycling processes and infrastructure
  • encourage collaboration and innovation in integrated circular supply chains using insights into consumer behaviour to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic packaging.

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Projects so far

Funded projects include:

Read more about the projects (Innovate UK blog).

Last updated: 8 October 2021

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