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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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A dive into the multifaceted sustainability of plant-based oils for plastics

Photo by Nguyen TP Hai on Unsplash Authors: Laura Äkräs and Marjatta Vahvaselkä No alternative is perfect, yet advantageous in the right context You already know this, but let’s recapitulate! Nowadays, the role of biomass-derived, bio-based feedstock has increased as a raw material for a myriad of end applications as one approach to reduce some of the negative …

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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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Data collection for life-cycle assessments in project ValueBioMat

Authors: Frans Silvenius, Marjatta Vahvaselkä and Hannu Ilvesniemi / Luke When performing a life-cycle assessment (LCA), data is collected from all relevant parts of different production systems related to the whole value chain covering the raw material, manufacturing, transport and waste management phases. This essential and time-consuming task can be done by using different data …

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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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Plastics and Current Legislative Developments – Some Insights

Authors: Rosa Maria Ballardini, Juha Vesala and Corinna Casi / University of Lapland The European Union is currently seeking to tackle the environmental issues that relate to plastics. The measures targeting or affecting plastics include particularly the Single-Use Plastics Directive (2019/904) that is due to implemented in EU Member States by 3 July 2021. EU …

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Additive manufacturing technologies –productivity and process innovation on a sustainable basis?

Authors: Niklas Kretzschmar, Sergei Chekurov and Jouni Partanen / Aalto University Even though additive manufacturing (AM), also known as industrial 3D printing, is already there for some decades facilitating the manufacture of new design variations and legacy parts, it is still considered as a set of new production technologies. For numerous technical reasons, AM hasn’t …

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