Caring about the future

BETTER PLASTICS - Plastics in a circular economy
CESAM Responsible researcher - Bruno AFJ Silva Nunes
Programme - Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização (POCI) & Programa Operacional Lisboa (PO Lisboa)
Execution dates - 2020-07-01 - 2023-06-30 (36 Months)
Funding Entity - 132070
Total Funding - 3785805 €
Proponent Institution - VIZELPAS FLEXIBLE FILMS, S.A
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Danipack – Indústria de Plásticos, S.A.
Ecoibéria – Reciclados Ibéricos, S.A.
Intraplás – Indústria Transformadora de Plásticos, S.A.
Isolago – Indústrias de Plásticos, S.A.
KLC – Indústria de Transformação de Matérias Plásticas, LDA
Logoplaste Innovation Lab, LDA
Neutroplast – Indústrias de Embalagens Plásticas, S.A.
Plasfil – Plásticos da Figueira, S.A.
Plasmaq – Máquinas e Equipamentos para a Indústria de Plásticos, LDA
Plasoeste – SociedadeTransformadora de Plásticos, LDA
Repsol Polímeros, Unipessoal LDA
Sacos 88 – Sociedade de Plásticos, LDA
S.I.E. – Sociedade Internacional de Embalagens, S.A.
Sirplaste – Sociedade Industrial de Recuperados de Plástico S.A.
Sonae MC – Serviços Partilhados, S.A.
PIEP Associação - Pólo de Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros
Universidade do Minho
Laboratório Ibérico Internacional de Nanotecnologia (INL)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Instituto Superior Técnico
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
Universidade de Coimbra
Associação Portuguesa da Indústrias de Plásticos – APIP

Project Description
BETTER PLASTICS aims to be the Mobilizing Project for the Plastics Sector in Portugal, capable of leveraging the sector’s transition to a circular economy. It is the result of an initiative by APIP – Portuguese Association of the Plastics Industry, which aims to mobilize the private sector together with national authorities, universities and citizens, through this application to the SI I&DT – Programas Mobilizadores, thus contributing to the objectives of the Circular Economy – Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, greater resource efficiency and job creation.
Given the complexity of the Plastics Industry value chain, which involves a very large number of Stakeholders (e.g. plastics materials and raw materials producers, processors, brand-owners, retailers and distributors, waste management agents, among many others), it has become essential to promote the creation of a true innovation ecosystem capable of involving all these economic agents and civil society, in order to address the challenges that the Circular Economy presents.
BETTER PLASTICS aims to ensure the sustainability of the new value chain in the plastics sector in Portugal, through the creation of an Innovation and R&D strategy in order to develop new materials, products, processes, systems, technologies and services, which respond to current and future challenges and ensure the circularity of Plastics in Portugal.
The consortium is formed by 25 entities that effectively represent the entire Plastics sector in Portugal, involving companies from different plastics and ENESIIs with complementary scientific competences, which allow a complete approach of the different areas of knowledge for the sustainable development of the industry.




CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020