Don’t blame plastic, blame poor waste management

Grantham Affiliate Chris Cheeseman, Professor of Materials Resources Engineering at Imperial College London, considers what’s behind the plastic pollution crisis, and why designers and engineers are fundamental to developing a long-term solution. Plastics are fantastic materials. Thanks to their amazing range of properties and inherent durability they have an enormous number of applications and we, as a society, have come to rely on them. They … Continue reading Don’t blame plastic, blame poor waste management

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Taking the waste out of waste wood

Grantham PhD student Florence Gschwend recently won an impressive £10,000 to put into a new business that harnesses cutting edge innovation to generate fuels from hazardous waste wood. The recipient of this runners-up prize in the prestigious Althea-Imperial innovation competition explains how this is truly a win-win solution, solving two problems at once. Waste is, by definition, something that we don’t want. This could all … Continue reading Taking the waste out of waste wood

Thinking in circles: applying circular economy principles in London

Julia Halder, PhD Student in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (School of Public Health), discovers how circular economy thinking can inform redevelopment in London. ‘Circular economy thinking’ is the idea that we use materials and items (from small things like phones to large buildings and infrastructure) for as long as possible and then recover as much value and material from them as we can at the end … Continue reading Thinking in circles: applying circular economy principles in London