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ISCF Future Plastic Packaging Solutions

Manufacturing & Materials
Project Size:
£50,000- £150,000


The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge aims to establish the UK as a leading innovator in smart and sustainable plastic packaging for consumer products. Its goals are to deliver cleaner growth across the supply chain, with a dramatic reduction in plastic waste entering the environment by 2025.


Your project must aim to:

  • Help make the plastics packaging supply chain more circular
  • Deliver the targets of the UK Plastics Pact improve on current state-of-the-art plastic packaging, or supply chain data
  • Embed life cycle thinking and end of life in packaging design and decisions


Your project must:

  • Demonstrate how it supports the objectives of the plastics pact and delivers systemic change
  • Clearly explain how you will reduce the UK plastic packaging system’s overall environmental impact




  • Must start by 1 June 2021
  • Must end by 30 November 2022
  • Can last up to 18 months


To lead a project or work alone your organisation:

  • Must be a UK registered business of any size, charity, non-government body or not-for-profit
  • Must carry out its project work in the UK
  • Must intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • Can collaborate with UK registered businesses, charities, non-government body, not-for-profit or UK-based academic institutions, research organisations, research and technology organisations (RTOs)
  • Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.


The aim of this competition is to support feasibility studies and industrial research that addresses widely known problems in relation to plastic packaging for consumer products.


You must explain how you are innovating to address one or more of the UK Plastics Pact targets. The benefits of the new approach must be quantified in terms of the Pact targets where possible.


Projects must deliver one or more of the following:

  • A more circular plastic packaging value chain, with reduced environmental impacts, such as carbon emissions and improved recyclability
  • Improved understanding of effective communication techniques to increase recycling rates and uptake of re-use/refill business models
  • More consistent data and increased knowledge relevant to the supply chain


Projects can include either:

  •  The re-design of existing goods, services or business models, or
  •  Design of entirely new goods, services or business models to serve an existing need


You must quantify the benefits of the new approach compared to the system your project intends to replace or improve.


Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Packaging suitable for reuse, refill and online delivery
  • Marking and tracking of packaging to improve supply chain circularity or sustainability
  • Films and flexibles in packaging applications
  • Low carbon, non fossil polymers for packaging applications
  • Business models leading to reduced waste plastic going to landfill
  • Behaviour change leading to less packaging waste or higher recycling rates
  • Food grade plastic packaging in the UK marketplace
  • Diverting small format and medical packaging from incineration

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