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Investigation into circular economy of plastics: the case of the UK fast moving consumer goods industry

Investigation into circular economy of plastics: the case of the UK fast moving consumer goods industry
Investigation into circular economy of plastics: the case of the UK fast moving consumer goods industry
Despite the recognised importance of the issue of plastic waste and an emerging circular economy (CE) in recent years, there is a lack of comprehensive and relevant studies regarding CE and the role of plastics. This study addresses a significant gap in the literature by revealing current initiatives implemented in the UK fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry through an in-depth exploration of four case organisations that have committed to the UK Plastic Pact, a pioneering collective initiative on plastic recycling. The study discloses a variety of present initiatives within the industry including the removal of unrecyclable plastics, packaging innovation, in-store retailer schemes, and label modifications. Collaboration was concluded as an essential enabler, internally and across the industry. Fundamental barriers were identified as inadequate infrastructure to support plastics in the CE and technical implications of packaging.
Barriers and constraints, Circular economy, FMCG industry, Plastic packaging, Plastic recycling, UK plastic pact
0959-6526
1-13
Gong, Yu
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Putnam, Ellis
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You, Weimu
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Zhao, Changping
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Putnam, Ellis
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You, Weimu
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Zhao, Changping
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Gong, Yu, Putnam, Ellis, You, Weimu and Zhao, Changping (2020) Investigation into circular economy of plastics: the case of the UK fast moving consumer goods industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 244, 1-13, [118941]. (doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118941).

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Abstract

Despite the recognised importance of the issue of plastic waste and an emerging circular economy (CE) in recent years, there is a lack of comprehensive and relevant studies regarding CE and the role of plastics. This study addresses a significant gap in the literature by revealing current initiatives implemented in the UK fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry through an in-depth exploration of four case organisations that have committed to the UK Plastic Pact, a pioneering collective initiative on plastic recycling. The study discloses a variety of present initiatives within the industry including the removal of unrecyclable plastics, packaging innovation, in-store retailer schemes, and label modifications. Collaboration was concluded as an essential enabler, internally and across the industry. Fundamental barriers were identified as inadequate infrastructure to support plastics in the CE and technical implications of packaging.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 October 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 19 October 2019
Published date: 20 January 2020
Keywords: Barriers and constraints, Circular economy, FMCG industry, Plastic packaging, Plastic recycling, UK plastic pact

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Local EPrints ID: 435699
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/435699
ISSN: 0959-6526
PURE UUID: 054bb91c-739e-498c-a111-6924a0fed558
ORCID for Yu Gong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5411-376X

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Date deposited: 18 Nov 2019 17:30
Last modified: 18 Jun 2022 01:47

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Author: Yu Gong ORCID iD
Author: Ellis Putnam
Author: Weimu You
Author: Changping Zhao

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