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A recycling bin very contaminated with non-recyclables and food waste despite clear signage.
By Adam Geernaert: Tuesday 12th September, 2017

Dumb humans, rubbish jokes and smart systems

Clever materials vs dumb humans In recent years there has been a surge of new materials that offer different end of life options for food and beverage packaging. For example UK based VegWare have a huge range of compostable coffee cups and lids using variants of the plant based plastic PLA, they are great quality […]

Millennials
By Sajith Wimalaratne: Monday 11th September, 2017

Millennials: shaping the food and beverage industry

Millennials, or Generation Y, hold a huge buying power in today’s economy and are expected to spend billions upon billions before the end of this year alone (2017). It’s really important for brands that are trying to reach millennials to understand our (yes, I’m a millennial too) influences and purchasing habits. According to Forbes: Over […]

Plastic bottles on beach
By Catherine Joce: Wednesday 6th September, 2017

Is recycling going full cycle?

Is it me or is recycling hitting the headlines almost every week? This week Sky News reported on plans to introduce a deposit scheme for plastic bottles deposit scheme for plastic bottles in Scotland. Customers would pay a small surcharge which is refunded when a bottle is returned to a shop. According to the Ellen MacArthur […]

Thinking outside the box
By Edd Brunner: Friday 1st September, 2017

Will there be an IoT revolution in the food and beverage industry?

I recently had an article published on BeverageDaily.com talking about IoT in the food and beverage industry. In that I suggested that we are not quite yet at the point that the value of the functionality that can be achieved by this enabler (or at least the functionality that has been thought of) is more […]

Smarter recycling
By Rosie Wells: Wednesday 30th August, 2017

I’m a very confused recycler and I’m not alone…

Recycling is something we need to think about every day and yet I still feel like I know very little about how to do it and I know I’m not the only person. For a long time I thought the rules were simply ‘if it’s plastic, cardboard or glass then pop it in the recycling […]

kerb-side waste bin collection
By Amy King: Wednesday 26th July, 2017

What a waste

Bin day. Sigh. If you’re anything like me, you’re lying in bed when you hear the bin lorry approaching and it dawns on you haven’t taken out your bins. Then comes the mad panic where you race outside, have a sneaky look at your neighbours to see what’s being collected and then hurl the offending […]

Recycling for for customer loyalty
By Catherine Joce: Friday 14th July, 2017

New business models for recycling

I recently used this blog to confess guilty feelings stirred up each time I throw away a piece of packaging and explored how upcoming innovations in bio-based materials could provide solutions. My colleague James Westley has also been blogging about waste, describing a sense of fulfilment and responsibility when taking out the recycling. Consumers clearly […]

mixed recycling - waste management
By James Westley: Friday 9th June, 2017

What does Brexit have to do with recycling?

In the run up to the Brexit vote, a close friend of mine proudly declared that he was siding with the leave campaign. This prompted me to complain about an article I had seen in The Telegraph which cited getting rid of “stupid recycling bins” as a reason to leave the EU. To my surprise, […]

Photo credit:Marcus Dawes
By Max Middleton: Tuesday 30th May, 2017

Strong and stable leadership in a changing world

Ok, ok, so maybe the title is deliberately chosen to attract your attention – and maybe your indignation – but a particular change in leadership at the Royal College of Art in London, UK is especially interesting to me. Sir Jony Ive has been appointed as Chancellor of the RCA, succeeding Sir James Dyson. Although Sir […]

The physics of snooker
By David Gladwin: Monday 1st May, 2017

Snookered by physics?

Were you one of those students at school who dozed off in your physics lesson when faced with ‘light inextensible strings’ connected to objects on a frictionless surface? Did you snooze through conservation of momentum and coefficient of restitution? Quite possibly, I suspect. But then were you happy to watch sports on TV, perhaps even […]