Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Rethinking the future of plastics

Disposable plastics are only used once before they are recycled or thrown away.  These single use plastics include things like soft drinks bottles, straws, coffee stirrers, water bottles and a high proportion of food packaging. 

In the UK we produce roughly 300 tons of plastics each year, more than half of that is disposable.  On a global scale we are only recycling 10% of our plastic items, the nature of petroleum-based plastics makes them difficult to recycle.

What can the University and individuals do about this?  Join us for this Visions for Change event where we discuss the need to use less plastic and the move towards more sustainable products and services within a truly circular economy.  


Catherine Gemmell, Conservation Officer, Marine Conservation Society Scotland

James Pitcher, Director of Sustainability, Whitbread

Michael Shaver, Professor and Chair in Polymer Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

Colin Webster, Education content Manager, Ellen McArthur Foundation

Fleur Ruckley, Associate Director (Circular economy & waste), Wood plc

Arno Verhoeven, Product Design Programme Director, Edinburgh College of Art


The event will be Chaired by Dave Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility & Sustainability, University of Edinburgh

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Mar 26 2018 18.00 - 19.30

Rethinking the future of plastics

Entry is on a first come first served basis. If you are late, we cannot guarantee your place.
This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ