We are interested in ideas that could go on to have a bigger impact beyond the funded project and your idea could reduce the environmental impact across any part of the life cycle - from design, production, use or collection through to reduction, reuse or recycling.
Innovation could include an innovative awareness campaign, technology, initiative, process, trial or material, for example.
Research could include academic or industry research into improving existing systems, processes, infrastructure, technology, consumer behaviour or material use, for example.
Common problems to solve for packaging could include, but are not limited to:
Common problems to solve for e-waste could include, but are not limited to:
Common problems to solve for batteries could include, but are not limited to:
It is essential that you are able to measure and report on the impact of your project. We appreciate that innovation and research do not always result in a 100% success rate, but it is important that this is transparently reported on both during and after the project.
Funds will be released in November 2020 and the project should be completed by November 2021.
Whilst we expect the maximum amount requested for any single project to be £150,000, there is no minimum.
We are equally interested in projects with a £10,000 budget for example, and all submissions will be carefully considered. Assessing the potential impact vs project budget will be a key consideration by our judging panel.
We proactively encourage collaboration. If your project requires additional funding it must be secured to ensure that your project is proceedable.
We are especially interested in new ideas and approaches that can help solve existing problems.
Applicants, those leading the project and the project itself must be based in the UK. The fund is open to UK registered: limited companies, charities, academic bodies and institutions, community interest companies, public sector organisations and social enterprises.
Please note that there are no restrictions on the number of entries you can submit.
The entries will be judgedby an esteemed panel comprised of five independent industry experts and five leading producers - major brands who place packaging, batteries or EEE onto the UK market.
Judging will be a rigorous two-stage process, including an initial assessment by Ecosurety to determine a shortlist, followed by a judging day where entries will be discussed and evaluated by our independent panel in detail to decide the final winners. The confirmed judging panel so far is displayed below and will be updated regularly. Q&A interviews with the judges will also be added to our news page regularly.
Peter Maddox joined WRAP in 2006 and became Director in 2016. He has worked on the market development of recycled materials, built WRAP’s strategy and planning function, and managed their resource efficiency programmes for Defra.
He developed WRAP’s new business strategy around a circular economy framework, and in 2015 established the Resource London partnership with the London Waste and Recycling Board. As Director, he is responsible for their work on food, textiles, plastics and recycling in the UK.
"I like projects that are close to market that can potentially make an impact quickly and at scale. I also enjoy seeing transfer of technology across sectors. For example, how can developments in digital and data reduce the environmental impact or packaging, batteries or WEEE?"
Libby joined Green Alliance in 2017 as Senior Policy Advisor, an independent think tank and charity focused on ambitious leadership for the environment.
She previously spent nearly ten years as an editor at Resource Media, an environmental publishing and communications company aiming to lead discussions around sustainability and resource use. She edited the company’s flagship magazine, Resource, as well as overseeing the company’s daily news site.
"I’d like to see solutions that genuinely target reduction, the neglected first of the three Rs. That could include new delivery models for food and consumer goods to minimise the amount of resources needed. It could also include better design for electronics so that people don’t feel compelled to buy and throw away so many gadgets."
Mike is a charismatic and well respected sustainability leader who led the Marks & Spencer Plan A sustainable strategy.
A passionate believer that we need a fundamentally different way to do business, one that's good for customers, colleagues, citizens, communities, society and planet alike, but equally passionate that this change won't just happen because we want it to happen, we must make it so.
"Not enough of innovation is customer-centric enough. Too many shiny, technical baubles but what’s going to make a busy, hard-pressed person change their engrained behaviour of the last couple of decades? Circular packaging and electronics has got lots of ideas but we’ve got to make them feel as beneficial to the user as the planet."
Janet Gunter is co-founder and Outreach Lead at the Restart Project, a London-based social enterprise that aims to “fix our relationship with electronics”. The Restart Project was born in 2013 out of a frustration with the throwaway, consumerist model of electronics that we’ve been sold, and the growing mountain of e-waste that it’s leaving behind. By bringing people together to share skills and gain the confidence to open up their stuff, the Restart Project gives people a hands-on way of making a difference, as well as a way to talk about the wider issue of what kind of products we want.
She is an American/British activist, anthropologist and specialist in social innovation and communications, who has lived and worked in Brazil, East Timor, Portugal and Mozambique.
"We need to start with changes that make our lives better, and build on those. One example: enabling repair and reuse that connects people and increases their sense of well-being. Don’t be afraid to be radical. And definitely do not forget about people, everything starts and ends with them."
Since 2010 Tim Cooper has been Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University. Tim is academic lead for the university’s Sustainable Futures strategic research theme and a member of the University Research Committee.
He specialises in research on product lifetimes and leads two research groups, Sustainable Consumption and Clothing Sustainability. Tim initiated the biennial PLATE (Product Lifetimes and the Environment) conferences and is editor of Longer Lasting Products (Routledge 2010).
Paul has spent over 12 years championing sustainability in the supply chain and logistics industry and is an experienced senior manager in repair and resource management solutions for both Virgin Media and Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company.
Paul works hard to advocate a circular economy approach to product life cycle and ethical supply chain operations.