Funding for bioplastics research programme at Lund University

A research team at Lund University will lead a new programme on sustainable use of plastics. Mistra is investing
SEK 45 million over four years in the initiative, one aim of which is to develop plastics based on biological raw materials.

‘The hope is that they will develop bioplastics with similar properties to existing types, but with the advantage that they are carbon-neutral,’ said Christopher Folkeson Welch, Programmes Director at Mistra.

In Sweden, forests are a conceivable source of raw materials, while in other parts of the world they could come from agricultural products or algae. Another option is to use captured carbon dioxide as a raw material, which would result in plastics that serve as a sink for carbon.