Unwrapping the Packaging Problem

Every day plastic

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What routes forward are there for society and science?

We take a look at packaging materials and methods and ask: what routes forward are there for society and science? With materials scientist Mark Miodownik, and Everyday Plastic Project team artist Daniel Webb and scientist Julie Schneider.

Mark Miodownik is the UCL Professor of Materials & Society.  He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials engineer in the USA, Ireland and the UK. For more than fifteen years he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine, and society. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making, where he is a director and runs the research programme.  Mark is an award winning author and regularly presents BBC TV and radio programmes on materials science and engineering.  In 2014 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for services to materials science, engineering and broadcasting.

Daniel Webb collected every piece of plastic he used in 2017. Having counted, categorised, weighed, photographed and analysed his whole collection of plastic waste, he went on to create a giant artwork and release an academic study. The project received worldwide media coverage and has been featured in The Guardian, National Geographic, Metro, Sky News, across the BBC and more. The project’s key aim is to improve communication and understanding of plastic problem and raise awareness within the wider public sphere.

Julie Schneider is an expert in Earth Sciences. Having started her studies in Paris in 1995, she went on to complete her Masters and PhD at one of France’s dedicated scientific research institutions - Université Montpellier II - in 2004. Her post-study roles include a geochemistry research fellowship in Taiwan before spending eight years lecturing and researching in Earth Sciences at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis. Since moving to the UK, she volunteered to research with Friends of the Earth before moving to become a campaigner at CHEM Trust - a charity that works to prevent man-made chemicals from causing long term damage to wildlife and humans.

Daniel and Julie worked together to co-author the report 'Everyday Plastic: what we throw away and where it goes'

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Image © Ollie Harrop 2018, courtesy of Everyday Plastic


Name: Unwrapping the Packaging Problem
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