News and Projects

  • Big Repair Project

    We have launched the Big Repair Project to study the lifetime of appliances and electronics in peoples’ lives. Currently repair is on the decline in many economies which is accelerating climate change and producing mountains of waste. We need to urgently reverse this trend to design for repair and make appliances and electronics to last…

  • Giving Evidence to Parliament

    I gave evidence to the UK Parliament’s EFRA Select Committee on Plastic Waste. See the video here.

  • Webinar Summarising Our Latest Research on Compostable Plastics

  • Self-Repairing Cities Project

    A video to inspire primary school kids

  • New research publication

    The latest research paper from my group’s work designing out plastic waste. Working with the Woodland Trust we analysed the environmental impact of plastic tree guards using a Life Cycle Assessment technique. Our conclusion is that in most cases continuous planting using no tree guards is the best option to reduce plastic waste while still…

  • Dare to Repair

    This week I’m presenting a new BBC Radio 4 series: Dare to Repair. The series examines the repair of household goods in a 21st century world of fast-fashion, disposible electronics, and made-to-break appliances. With UK and EU Right-to-Repair legislation set to change the rights of citizens to access and carry out repairs on some household appliances,…

  • Animate Materials

    I co-chaired a Royal Society report on Animate Materials the publication can be found here.

  • The Science of Cooking

    I joined physicist Brian Cox, comedian Robin Ince, comedian Katy Brand, author and food critic Grace Dent, and the legendary Harold McGee, to record an episode of the Infinite Monkey Cage discussing whether cooking is just chemistry or whether a truly delicious dinner is an art.