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Revolution Plastics Institute

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Revolution Plastics Institute at the University of Portsmouth is urgently confronting the global plastics crisis through inclusive, solutions-focused research and innovation to support the transition to a sustainable plastics future. 


From combatting microplastic pollution to supporting the development of more effective plastic policies, we’re putting research into practice to halt the damaging impacts of plastic on our health and the environment — and build a world that is free from plastic pollution.


We aim to coordinate efforts from researchers and innovators across all disciplines to generate impactful outputs and build a globally-relevant community of researchers, governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and practitioners — all working towards a more sustainable plastics economy.

Our areas of expertise include: 

  • Plastics policy analysis, support for policy development and decision-making, and evidencing enablers for effective plastics policy.
  • Determining the source, fate, impacts and solutions for microplastic pollution
  • Environmental, social and human health impacts of plastic pollution
  • Transitioning to a circular plastics economy
  • Enzyme engineering to breakdown plastic polymers
  • Sustainable alternative materials 
  • Pioneering the use of arts-based methods to engage and research with communities, industry and policy- and decision-makers to find just and sustainable solutions to address plastic pollution 
  • Sustainable finance for action to tackle plastic pollution

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