Sustainable polymers, plastics and packaging
Developing new material designs for use in a circular economy
Rethinking plastic packaging
Plastic is a valuable and versatile material that protects products and keeps food fresh. However much of the plastic packaging we use has not been designed with circularity in mind.
This results in materials being disposed of by incineration and landfill, or leaking into the environment as pollution. In the UK, plastic packaging accounts for nearly 70% of our plastic waste.
Retailers and brands are under increasing pressure, from Regulators and the consumer, to turn the tide on plastic waste. Businesses are aligning with the UK Plastics Pact to deliver improved environmental performance for packaging. This includes intending to eliminate single-use plastics, opting for more re-usable, recyclable, and compostable packaging alternatives.
Barriers to achieving this, however, is the availability of functional materials or their innovation at a pace and scale necessary to sustainably overcome these challenges and meet demand. That's where we come in. CPI is in a unique position to bring together innovators, retailers and brands to help improve the environmental performance and end-of-life option of products, plastics and packaging. We help to identify strategies that simplify and reduce plastic packaging, to adopt reusable alternatives and maximise efficiencies of end-of-life solutions so that packaging materials are compatible with nature or recycled back into new products and packaging.
Working across the full packaging supply chain, we build a strong understanding of the challenges, form collaborations and raise funds to help develop and scale-up potential solutions. This means analysing the packaging lifecycle and enabling innovators to demonstrate, scale and take to market, more sustainable products. By working with us, innovators can develop products from proof-of-concept to commercialisation, as well as, optimising their manufacturing processes, in a cost-effective and timely manner. For example, CPI has collaborated with industry partners to develop new bio-based, biodegradable food packaging with better end-of-life options, including composting and anaerobic digestion. This is a great example of how we can keep food fresh and whilst protecting our environment.
How we can help
We are here to support you every step of the way, from initial formulations and components, through to final products and scale-up.
Polymer processing and composites
Material and Formulation Optimisation
Modelling, Informatics and Data Science
Process Optimisation and Scale-up
Process Engineering Design
CPI’s state-of-the-art facilities and expertise in processing are what appealed to us. We really enjoyed meeting and working with the highly- skilled and professional team. The project has been very productive and we look forward to further developing Oceanware bio-packaging in a timely manner to meet the significant demand for circular life cycle packaging.
Karen Scofield Seal
CEO & Co-Founder, Oceanium Ltd
Developing premium compostable bio-packaging from sustainably-farmed seaweedRead more
We are very happy to have teamed up with CPI, who have provided support over and above what was expected in the project.
CEO, Biome Technologies
Scaling up the next generation of bioplasticsRead more
CPI has not only helped us to secure crucial funding, but has also provided the essential skills, expertise and resources to advance development of our biodegradable 3D printed tree guard products. Thanks to this support, we are excited to see our product progress closer to market.
Ian Edward Brown
Director, Chestnut Natural Capital
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