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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.


Hub researchers win commission for public art project

Charnett Chau and Danielle Purkiss from the UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub, together with artist Sarah Carne, have been awarded £15,000 by UCL Culture to participate in Trellis: Public Art 2020-21.

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

Ayşe Lisa Allison

Centre for Behaviour Change

Behaviour Change

Gema Amaya Santos

Chemical Engineering

Life Cycle Assessment

Esther Ambrose-Dempster


Organic Chemistry

Dr Silvia Anselmi


Biochemical Engineering

Larisha Apete

Arts and Sciences

Systems Dynamics & Life Cycle Assessment

Dr Jack Jeffries

Biochemical Engineering


Dr Fabiana Lorencatto

Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology

Behavioural Psychology

Dr Olwenn Martin

Arts and Sciences

Health & Environment

Christian Partik

Mechanical Engineering

Material Engineering

Dr Andrea Paulillo

Chemical Engineering


Polina Pencheva


Design and policy

Dr Elze Porte

Mechanical Engineering

Material Engineering

Dr Luba Prout


Chemical Engineering

Nutcha Taneepanichskul

Mechanical Engineering

Automatic Sorting Technologies

Former Team Members

Miguel Casas Arredondo

Dr Kimberley Chandler

Charnett Chau

Chemical Engineering

Biochemical Engineering

Dr Leona Leipold

Dr Beth Munro

Plastic Waste Innovation Hub

Research Manager

Dr Candace Partridge

Dr Ana Rita Pinho

Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Public Policy

Dr Gorjan Stojanovski

Biochemical Engineering


Contact Us

UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub

Level 2, 90 Tottenham Court Road

London W1T 4TJ

For email enquiries please contact Danielle Purkiss: