9th - 10th November 2020, Venue: Cologne Messe, Germany
Industry Solutions for a World
FREE From Plastic Waste


New Materials Innovations, Technologies & Circular Economy Solutions To End Waste Plastic

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo returns in 2020 with another two-day conference and exhibition for businesses looking to reduce their plastic consumption, find and source highly sustainable alternative bio-based materials, and create a more circular economy throughout their supply chain. Following the enormous success of the inaugural 2019 showcase, the 2020 edition will once again bring together sustainability and environmental experts from some of the biggest companies in the world to discuss practical and innovative solutions to tackle the growing plastic pollution crisis. The most senior business leaders from key industries including packaging, food and beverage, retail, fashion and textiles, automotive, and aerospace will discuss and debate the latest research, sustainable product design, new manufacturing solutions, recycling and reuse of products and raw materials, as well as the latest and next-generation bio-sourced materials and solutions to create 100% biodegradable, reusable, and compostable products.


Practical strategies and innovative solutions for reducing plastic usage across a number of industries. Learn how to eliminate single-use plastics throughout your supply chain. Plus, new design and manufacturing solutions to help reduce material waste.


Source truly sustainable alternatives to fossil fuel-based plastics and hear the latest material innovations from a number of industry-leading biomaterial, biochemical, and bioplastics experts.

Reuse & Recycle

Create a more circular economy and learn how some of the world’s leading brands are increasing their use of upcycling to reduce their plastic footprint. Plus, understand how to design, test, and develop products to make them easier to recycle and close the loop on a more circular economy.

Returning in 2020 with more expert speakers, more topics covered, more exhibitors – even more reasons to be a part of the world’s most influential international conference and exhibition for companies looking for technical, manufacturing and materials innovations to help reduce their global plastic footprints

Over 120 Expert Speakers

More than 800 Attendees Expected

Vertical Industry Tracks

5 Dedicated Conference Tracks

Retail And Consumer Goods Packaging

Food And Beverage

Fashion And Textiles

Renewable & Bio-based Materials for Manufacturing Industries

Closing The Loop

A Holistic Approach to Tackling Plastic Waste and Creating a Circular Economy

Topics Under Discussion Will Include:

  • Eliminating single-use plastics throughout the supply chain
  • Government regulations
  • Reducing unnecessary plastics
  • How to go plastic-free
  • Improving recyclability of products and packaging
  • Bio-based materials
  • Marine/aquatic clean-up technologies
  • Chemical recycling and waste-to-X
  • Blockchain
  • Best practice in deposit refund schemes
  • Biocomposites
  • Bio-based feedstocks
  • Sustainable materials
  • Environmentally friendly fibres
  • Plastic substitutes
  • Biodegradability testing
  • Compostability testing
  • Recyclability testing
  • Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Microplastics
  • The business case for sustainable products
  • Opportunities from capturing the material value of plastics
    • Upcycling
    • Bioplastics
    • Increased use of recycled materials
    • New manufacturing solutions
    • 100% biodegradable polymers
    • Circular economy principles to address plastic pollution
    • International perspectives on plastic waste management
    • Industry 4.0 and the waste sector
    • Big Data and data visualization
    • Artificial intelligence, robotics and automated learning in waste recycling

and more…

2020 Exhibitors & Sponsors

Advisory board

Kristy-Barbara Lange

Deputy MD/Regulatory Affairs – European Bioplastics

Stephen Jamieson

Head of Sustainable Business Innovation, EMEA N – SAP

David Newman

Managing DirectorBBIA

Ashley Holding

Innovation Manager– Fashion For Good

Siân Sutherland

CEO A Plastic Planet

Andy Sweetman

Sales & Marketing Manager – Futamura

Companies that attended in 2019 include:

What Our Attendees Said About The 2019 Event

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