Photo: Siiri Paananen.
The Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Lapland has been granted 600 000 euros in research funding as part of the EU-funded PlastLIFE project. The PlastLIFE project, addressing sustainable development and circular economy, focuses on reducing plastics and making their recycling more efficient. The Faculty of Art and Design will study, for example, design solutions to reduce the amount of plastic and test new replacement materials for plastics.
The PlastLIFE project brings together a large group of actors to jointly
develop measures to reduce negative environmental impacts of plastics,
littering and unnecessary consumption of plastics; to increase
recycling of plastics and the use of recycled material in end-products,
find complementary materials or solutions for plastics, as well as to
develop methods for analysis and risk-assessment of plastics. The
project combines scientific research and its results to practical
Research at the Faculty of Art and Design will study,
for example, how design solutions could reduce the amount of plastics.
New replacement materials for plastics will be tested, too. Design
research will focus, for example, on packaging design and on design
solutions which could help consumers to easily separate different
materials from each other for recycling. In addition, the possible
solutions to influence on people's consumption behavior are studied.
Jonna Häkkilä, Professor of Industrial Design, is leading the University of Lapland's part of the project.
project will be able to utilize our Industrial Design department's
diverse expertise, which combines product design, service design and
interaction design. It is great to be able to devise concrete solutions
for sustainable development. Sustainable design also resonates well with
the strategic Arctic Design theme at the Faculty of Art and Design",
Ministry of the Environment and Finnish Environment
Institute SYKE coordinate the project. The total budget of the project
is approximately 20 million euros, and its financing comes from the EU
Strategic LIFE Programme (LIFE SIP). The central aim of the project is
sustainable circular economy of plastics in Finland by the year 2035.
The project begins in January 2023 and continues until the end of the
year 2029. In addition to the coordinators, Finnish Environment
Institute SYKE and Finnish Ministry of the Environment, PlastLIFE
project partners include Aalto University, the City of Helsinki, Karelia
University of Applied Sciences, Kuljetusliike Vaahterinen Oy, LAB
University of Applied Sciences, LUT University, Natural Resources
Institute Finland (LUKE), University of Jyväskylä, University of
Lapland, University of Turku Brahea Centre, Muovipoli Oy, Oy Orthex
Finland Ab, Pidä Saaristo Siistinä ry/Keep the Archipelago Tidy
Association, Plastone Oy, and Suomen Biokierto ja Biokaasu ry.
Professor Jonna Häkkilä, firstname.lastname (at) ulapland.fi, tel. +358 40 864 3328
Researcher Ashley Colley, firstname.lastname (at) ulapland.fi, tel. +358 40 590 6669