Innovation Nation: Sally Beken on the positives of plastics
Posted on 19/02/2018
The UK Government has proposed a number of new initiatives, from extending the charge for plastic carrier bags to small retailers to encouraging plastics-free aisles in supermarkets. Scotland is banning plastic straws entirely – and now, even the Queen has committed to using less plastic in the Royal Households.
Tackling some of the issues around this most topical of materials, in our very first Innovation for the Nation podcast, is KTN’s Knowledge Transfer Manager for Polymers, Plastics, and Elastomers, Dr Sally Beken.
Currently working with colleagues at InnovateUK, Sally has been working with polymer materials – including plastics – for nearly 30 years. She has a PhD in Polymer Science and while she recognises the environmental threat we’re facing, she is also an advocate for the benefits of plastics. “It’s not that plastic is bad at all,” she says. “It’s the lack of value that we place on plastic, and the discarding of it, that’s actually caused the current problem that we’ve got.”