Building a Digital Circular Economy for the Packaging of Fast Moving Consumer Goods

Posted on Posted on 12 May 2022

Closing date: 25th May 2022 Applications are invited for the EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships that will support six (6) research projects starting 1 October 2022. One of these projects is “Building a Digital Circular Economy for the Packaging of Fast Moving Consumer Goods” led by Dr Lucia Corsini in the Brunel Design School

Returnable and reusable packaging is emerging as a promising solution to help reduce the use of single-use plastic and associated pollution. Multiple retailers in the UK have introduced pilot schemes to trial reusable packaging systems for Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs) including food, drink, beauty and homecare products. This project will investigate how digital tracking technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) can be used to provide packaging with a unique digital identification so that it can be efficiently returned and reused. It aims to develop an automated collection and sorting system to demonstrate the potential of digital tracking technologies to drive efficiencies in the closed-loop supply chain. The project will be developed with support from an industrial partner. 

Closing date: 25th May 2022


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