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Episode 11719th July 2022 • Beanstalk Global • Max MacGillivray
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FRESHPPACT is the fresh produce industry Impact Hub that works with research partners to find solutions to the biggest shared sustainability challenges that we all face.

Right now, they are looking for solutions that can mitigate pollution caused by plastic used in agricultural mulch, workwear and packaging.

Can you help them find scalable, commercially viable, game-changing solutions that are on the verge of discovery?

They have launched three calls for proposals with over £900,000 worth of funding on offer for three or more solutions that they can test, commercialise and scale-up.

Help us all define the problem, discover the solution and change the world.

We talk to key representatives of Blue Skies and the University of Northampton Centre for Sustainable Business Practices about this next and very exciting stage for FRESHPPACT! We also will show you all the Beanstalk Global video highlighting the recent exploratory trip to Blue Skies in Ghana to understand the issues around plastic and the potential solutions.

We go live with them all on Monday 18th July at 13:00hrs BST. CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR FREE.

The Fresh Produce Impact Hub, known as FRESHPPACT, collaborates with retailers, manufacturers and agribusinesses operating within food supply chains rooted in developing or emerging economies to identify shared high-priority social and environmental challenges, and work with research partners to accelerate the adoption of the most promising solutions through a process of rapid evaluation, testing and adoption.  

FRESHPPACT is being implemented by Blue Skies and supported by Waitrose, which has been awarded a UKAid grant to develop the operating model and launch three challenge funds to find solutions to problem plastics found in agricultural mulch, workwear and packaging.

Solutions may include new technology and business models that mitigate plastic pollution through material substitution, accelerated biodegradation and improved manufacturing and remanufacturing processes.

The UKAid grant has been made via the Sustainable Manufacturing and Pollution Programme (SMEP). The SMEP programme is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and is implemented in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

FRESHPPACT is inviting expressions of interest from organisations who would like to be involved in launching the challenge funds and/or identifying solutions. Expressions of Interest may come from, but is not limited to retailers, fresh produce companies, research organisations (including universities) and solutions providers.