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Making sense of sustainability of plastics – insights from the first episodes of Talking Plastics podcast

Katri Valkokari The researchers of the ValueBioMat project are eager to find new ways to disseminate the research results in order to actively support the transition towards more sustainable plastic ecosystems. A good example of this work is the Talking Plastics podcast hosted by our researchers. Listening to the podcast series, it is nice to …

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Reflections on the first stage of the ValueBioMat project: A researcher experience based on a narrative research approach

Author: Corinna Casi The beginning of a new journey: The ValueBioMat project Two years and half have passed since the beginning of the ValueBioMat (VBM) project funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland. Since then, my role as Doctoral researcher has evolved immensely: I got more and more responsibilities internally within …

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Research for societal impact – What does it mean to researchers?

Author: Anna Leinonen/ VTT How can research fulfil such challenging purposes as creating great societal impact or developing solutions to extremely complex and systemic grand challenges? Moreover, what are the implications of such aspirations to the understanding of the researcher’s role, if innovation and high-quality research are not the only expectations of research output? Above …

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Incremental actions for transformative outcomes?

Exploring Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) brand owner strategies for a sustainable plastics economy Authors: Pyry Päivölä & Jaakko Siltaloppi (Aalto) Today, approximately 25% of all plastics produced are used in packaging, which amounts to a nearly 100 million tonnes annually. The majority of plastics packaging is used in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. …

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Kohti kestävää muoviekosysteemiä

Systeeminen muutos kohti muovin kestävää valmistusta ja käyttöä edellyttää uudentyyppisten materiaaliratkaisujen kehittämistä sekä arvoverkoston roolien uudistamista. Uusien ratkaisujen syntymistä voidaan tukea varmistamalla, että yhteiskunnallinen ja taloudellinen ohjaus tukevat toinen toisiaan. Systeemisiä ongelmia ratkaistaan kokeilemalla, vuorovaikutuksella ja epävarmuutta paremmin ymmärtämällä, siksi tarvitaan ekosysteemitason tarkastelua muutoksen ajureista. ValueBioMat projektin tutkijat Jaakko Siltaloppi Aalto-yliopistosta ja Markus Jähi VTT:ltä …

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Circularity of Plastics: experts’ dialogue on sustainable innovations

Authors: Jukka Seppälä, Aalto & Katri Valkokari, VTT Circularity of plastics is by definition a systemic challenge that requires dialogue between multidisciplinary experts in order to build solutions and understand development paths. Our research webinar covered the topic through three complementary thematic sessions. The first session started by looking at the challenge from the big …

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Identifying policy-level instruments required for a more sustainable plastic future

Authors: Katri Valkokari , Peter Ylen (VTT) & Rosa Ballardini and Juha Vesala (University of Lapland) A transition towards renewable and circular plastic ecosystems is a systemic challenge. In this regard, there is an obvious need to find the appropriate bundle of policy measures, incentives and regulation instruments to enhance the transition to a sustainable and …

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Development paths of renewable plastics – what will the transition bring to the table?

Authors: Jaakko Siltaloppi/ Aalto and Markus Jähi & Katri Valkokari/VTT Transitioning to ‘renewable’, bio-based and recycled plastics is not an easy task – or something one could do alone. Therefore, it is important to find new ways to engage a variety of stakeholders in a shared problem-solving process. Based on our research work at ValueBioMat …

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Law, Innovation and Environmental Sustainability – From Vision to Reality

Photo: Sentiero dei fiori, Adamello (Passo del Tonale), Italia /CC-license: Elena Staffoni Authors: Rosa Ballardini, Juha Vesala, Anette Alen-Savikko and Corinna Casi / University of Lapland We are on the verge of an environmental crisis. Ecological degradation caused by human activity, ranging from loss of species to climate change, is rapidly spreading globally at a …

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Eight elements to solve the global plastic challenge – the starting point for a multi-disciplinary research project ValueBioMat

The “Bio-oils-based polymeric composites – Value chain from synthesis to additive manufacturing (ValueBioMat[1])” project aims to provide top-tier scientific results, combined with practical solutions for how to move from the current mainstream fossil petro-chemistry-based polymeric materials to more sustainable, renewable and carbon-binding ones. One of the major global challenges we currently face in materials science …

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