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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.


New policy briefing on compostable plastics

There is currently no system for collection or processing of compostable plastic in the UK. Government must develop plans for dealing with this growing waste stream.


Join us for a free public webinar - Tuesday 24th November, 3:30 pm GMT

Join this free public webinar to hear about our latest research on compostable plastics.

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