Display - Reuse, Refill, Rethink
New temporary display
A new display showcasing refillable, returnable, and repurposed packaging, using the past to inform the future of sustainability.
Recycling has become the norm for managing plastic waste, but it is often challenging and encourages a throwaway culture. Currently, less than half of our plastic packaging waste is successfully recycled. Reusable packaging, which is taken back to the supplier to refill, can save resources, reduce litter, and reduce waste. However, to achieve real benefits, the product must stay in circulation and be used for the same purpose. Research shows that an item like a reusable plastic coffee cup needs to be used approximately 9 times to have a lower carbon footprint than the single-use alternative.* This new display considers current and past examples of reusable and refillable packaging, and looks to the future of sustainable packaging.
The Museum of Brands is delighted to be working with The University of Sheffield’s ‘Many Happy Returns' project, a £1 million research project, funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Smart Sustainable Plastics Packaging Challenge as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Enjoy a nostalgic journey through 200 years of social change, culture and lifestyle by visiting our main collection, the Time Tunnel.
Before heading into the Tunnel, pick up our Reuse, Refill, Rethink trail to find out about sustainable items throughout our permanent collection.
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