The UK Government has announced a funding of £60m to lead the world in development of sustainable packaging and reduce the impact of harmful plastics on the environment.
The funding will be used to turn household food scraps into environmentally friendly plastic bags and cups.
The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will provide the funding via Industrial Strategy Challengefund with industry support.
The funding can be used for the development of new forms of packaging and plastic, including products from farming, food and industrial waste such as sugar beet, wood chippings and food waste.
Businesses can avail funding through UKRI managed competitions for the development of smart sustainable plastic packaging solutions.
The funding will also be provided for the development of smart packaging labels, smart bins, as well as for the reduction of single use plastics through increasing the use of recycled plastic in new products.
The government has also announced a strategy to support bioeconomy by establishing standards for bio-based and biodegradable plastic. It will also create new sustainable materials and reduce the impact of plastics on the environment.
UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said: “Finding innovative solutions to tackle our use of harmful plastics which blight our land and seas is a major global challenge, and opportunity – one our nation of researchers and innovators is fit to seize.