Logitech, Nestlé and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) are leading a consortium of industry leaders to fund breakthrough research into sustainable materials with five million Swiss francs (£4.4m).
The funding will support new sustainable materials research within EPFL’s Institute of Materials.
The initiative aims to address critical questions such as the overall environmental impact of materials, as well as explore bio-based, bio-degradable and recyclable materials, including high-performance paper-based barrier materials that could help to address environmental concerns about plastic packaging.
Martin Vetterli, EPFL President, commented: “Our specialists are already committed to developing cutting-edge, new materials that will help the world get rid of its dependency on petrol-based products.
“Building strong relationships with industrial partners is key to have these new products reach the customers in the most efficient way.”