Unpacking the Circular Economy Evidence Session: Engaging the Public

09:30 - 11:00

Packaging keeps products safe and fresh but is responsible for significant resource use. Reusable and refillable packaging systems could solve this, but they will only be effective if people engage with them. Policy Connect's latest inquiry, ‘Unpacking the circular economy: reuse and refill in packaging solutions’, explores the role reusable and refillable packaging could play in moving the UK towards a circular economy.

This evidence session will focus on consumers’ attitudes towards reusable packaging and how government and industry can enable change. It will consider:

  • How best to engage people and change consumer behaviour, and what barriers people might face in accessing reuse and refill systems
  • Which key elements of behaviour need to change, and how can government and retailers enable this change
  • How to overcome hygiene and aesthetic challenges, both perceived and practical

The session will be chaired by Andrew Percy MP and will hear from a range of speakers. This session is made possible by partnership with The University of Sheffield’s Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. The findings of the session will inform the conclusions of the inquiry.

For more information about this session, please contact verity.winn [at] policyconnect.org.uk.