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Vision for the Future of Plastics

We are delighted to share a new policy document ahead of COP26 - A Vision for the Future of Plastics.


Compostable Plastics Research Update - September 2021

Catch up with our latest research on the UK's system for compostable plastics in this webinar (broadcast 16/09/21)


Hub research inspires switch to paper wrap at Guardian

Inspired by the research findings of the Plastic Waste Innovation Hub, The Guardian make the switch to paper packaging for their Saturday magazine.


Hub research shows environmental impact of plastic tree shelters in new publication

The Plastic Waste Innovation Hub recently completed an LCA-based study which discusses how plastic tree shelters perform environmentally against non-protected seedlings in the UK


New publications from the Hub team!

Hub researchers have produced two recent articles on the use of blockchain in a plastic credit system and on behaviours related to buying biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging.


New compostables project now underway!

We are delighted to announce the start of our new research project – Compostable Plastics: Unlocking Existing Barriers to Systems Change. This new project aims to uncover the behavioural, policy, design and engineering barriers to effective collection, sorting and processing of these materials industrially.

Plastic Waste Innovation Hub

About Us

The Plastic Waste Hub

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including scientists, engineers, designers, and social scientists, taking a design-led approach to the issue of plastic waste.

Our core team

Former Team Members

Miguel Casas Arredondo

Dr Kimberley Chandler

Dr Leona Leipold

Dr Candace Partridge



  • Public policy
  • Behaviour change
  • Economics
  • Design
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Digital
  • Materials Science

Global outlook

  • Researchers
  • Shoppers
  • Businesses
  • NGOs
  • Teachers
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Schools
  • Students
  • Families

Contact Us

UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub

Level 2, 90 Tottenham Court Road

London. W1T 4TJ