Creating trusted sustainable solutions for plastics use with SMEs

Could the SMI Hub help your business?

The Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub is part of the Henry Royce Institute at the University of Manchester and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund


Working with businesses to create real solutions for your plastics use

We offer three overlapping services which range from free advice to longer term collaboration projects.

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Free environmentally sustainable advice for companies looking to make a change in their use of plastics.

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Performing materials assessments on your products and components to inform for sustainable choices.

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Developing new sustainable polymers for market, improved methods of recycling, and validating emerging sustainable materials.

What we offer

Our experience

Our materials experts have worked with companies of all sizes to create solutions to suit a variety of business needs.

Sustainability advice and circular business model support for clothing manufacturers

David Luke

David Luke is a designer and manufacturer of school uniforms, sportswear and outdoor garments. The company started their sustainability journey in 2009, with a…

Identifying sustainable adhesive materials for recycled footwear


OceanBound is a start-up, based in Greater Manchester that develop premium brand flip flops and sliders from recycled materials using a circular business model…

How we're helping

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We work with SMEs from all over the UK

We collaborate with SMEs to co-create trusted sustainable solutions for plastics use

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