Product design with more sustainable uses of plastics

Product design with more sustainable uses of plastics

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A free webinar for SMEs in Greater Manchester interested in creating more sustainable solutions for plastics use within their business.

About this event

This collaborative webinar will help businesses think differently about the use of plastics in your products and packaging and explore opportunities to redesign or develop more sustainable products. Find out what free support is available to you through the SMI Hub, Innovate UK EDGE, and the Business Growth Hub.

Find out more about:

  • free follow-on support available for businesses looking to use plastics more sustainably, including state-of-the-art research facilities
  • free consultations for participants with a plastics challenge. These will be tailored to the participant’s business needs
  • Eco Innovation services at the Business Growth Hub


Introduction to Sustainable Product Design:

  • Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub (SMI Hub)
  • GC Business Growth Hub - Eco Innovation Hub
  • Innovate UK EDGE

Facilitated breakout sessions for which the participants will be able to participate across thematic groups on:

  1. Materials Selection
  2. Processing
  3. End of Life
  4. Packaging

About the SMI Hub

Drawing on the expertise of materials scientists at The University of Manchester, the Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub offers free advice to SMEs with a footprint in Greater Manchester to help them understand how to have a more sustainable approach to plastics use. Attendees will hear from SMI Hub Director, Prof Michael Shaver who will explore support available as part of the programme part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

About Innovate UK Edge

Innovate UK EDGE, part of the Innovate UK family provides funded Innovation and growth support to SME's in the UK. Innovative SME's can receive up to 14 days of funded support from one of our Innovation growth specialists, who will provide support to enable the business to Innovate, Internationalise and Grow.

About Eco Innovation Services at the GC Business Growth Hub

Our experienced eco-innovation advisors offer support that is tailored to your business, removing whatever barriers you’re facing, whether that’s a lack of finance, human resource, specialist know-how, time, technology, strategy or appropriate facilities.