Supermarket Waitrose has revealed that it is funding numerous University fellowships to improve new thinking on how to find, test and share solutions to plastic pollution.
The Blue Charter Fellowships, run by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), will receive funding from the retailer for ten new fellowships to lead research and innovation into marine plastics.
These new fellowships will focus on three priority areas:
- Preventing plastics from getting into the sea
- Developing sustainable alternatives to plastic
- Cleaning up the seas.
The funding will also support 40 research impact grants, designed to ensure the outcomes of the fellowships lead to a real-world impact, with research and information shared widely.
Fellowships will be hosted by a number of the 520 universities across the Commonwealth, in 50 countries.
Waitrose head of corporate social responsibility, health and agriculture Tor Harris said: “Tackling plastics is a global issue. That’s why Waitrose & Partners is supporting insight and innovation that will identify sustainable solutions that will be shared here in the UK and further afield for greater impact.”
ACU chief executive and secretary general Joanna Newman said: “This funding is testament to the incredible work being carried out by the Blue Charter fellows. These researchers are at the forefront of driving social change around the issue of marine plastics pollution and these new fellowships will further contribute to the aims of the Commonwealth Blue Charter. We’re very grateful to Waitrose & Partners, BEIS, the Commonwealth Secretariat and all of our partners for ensuring the continued success of this programme.”