Pioneer Projects

Pre-competitive collaborations, led and run by participants of the New Plastics Economy

Pioneer Projects bring together stakeholders from across the plastics value chain to address the system challenges that no organisation can face alone. Encouraged to engage circular thinking and a systems perspective, the teams set out to independently design and test innovations that could change the way we make, use, and reuse plastics.

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Pioneer Projects

  • Holy Grail - tagging and tracing packaging to facilitate accurate sorting and high-quality recycling
  • Lodestar - an alternative modelling to the conventional Plastics Reprocessing Facility (PRF) which offers potential advantages of combining mechanical and chemical recycling in a single facility
  • Proof - the design and prototyping of a plastic-based flexible packaging solution that facilitates higher quality recycling and contains recycled content
  • Barrier - Project Barrier, a collaborative Pioneer Project led by Amcor, brought together stakeholders from the entire plastic value chain, from material and packaging producers to brand owners and recyclers, to create an initial design guideline to minimise contamination and help increase the quality and value of PBFBP recyclates.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is not responsible for any output resulting from the Pioneer Projects, which have been led and run independently by the participants of the New Plastics Economy.