2020 Conference Agenda

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Retail, Consumer Goods & Packaging

Day1: November 9, 2020

Networking breakfast
8:15 am - 8:55 am
Opening Plenary and Keynote
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Basel Convention Amendment on Plastic Waste and its relevance to industry
Rolph Payet
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Presentation description to be announced

Europe’s future strategy for plastics in the circular economy
Werner Bosmans
Directorate General Environment
European Commission
Presentation description to be announced
10:15 am - 10:45 am

It’s 2020 and what’s really going on? Joining the plastic dots to accelerate real change
Siân Sutherland
A Plastic Planet
Siân is the co-founder of A Plastic Planet and here she will explore the connection of plastic to the climate crisis with a snapshot of plastic progress, innovations, health science, corporate risk and smokescreens.

Presentation title to be announced
Marjolein Wijnands
Global Brand Manager NIVEA Body Care
Beiersdorf AG
Presentation description to be announced

Break free from plastic: how the civil society is building effective solutions to plastic pollution
Delphine Lévi Alvarès
European Coordinator of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement and Coordinator of the 'Rethink Plastic' Alliance
Zero Waste Europe
Presentation description to be announced

Panel Discussion: A Plastic Planet Panel
Siân Sutherland
A Plastic Planet
Dermot Brady
AB Packaging
Panel description and final panellists to be announced soon.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Classification, design and sustainability considerations for waste-free packaging
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

How does plastic packaging perform in the context of the circular economy?
Niels van Marle
Packaging Expert
Netherlands Institute of Sustainable Packaging (KIDV)
Companies and governments are ambitious when it comes to making packaging more sustainable. Targets are set to reduce the use of plastics in single-use packaging, to make packaging re-usable or 100% recyclable. What must be done to achieve those targets and what pitfalls should be avoided? How can we realize a true circular economy of plastic packaging? The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) has developed the ‘Circularity Compass’, a tool that helps to compare packaging options and provide insight into the impact of design and material use on the circularity and environmental impact of packaging. In this presentation, Niels will explore the dilemmas and opportunities of plastic packaging in a circular economy.

Running a sustainable business with plastics and working without waste: game-changers in the plastics industry
Willemijn Peeters
Searious Business
The plastics industry is evolving, with increasingly fast and intensifying public pressure, upcoming new legislation, and disruptive innovations and technologies among the challenges. As a result of this changing landscape, many businesses are struggling to keep up and are finding it difficult to make the right choices. Here, you will learn from the game-changers at Searious Business. During this interactive session, Willemijn will show delegates the most recent, relevant developments in circular economy. You will learn best practices in avoiding plastic waste, with examples from Vrumona (Heineken), Gispen (Ahrend), as well as some of the world’s leading beverage suppliers and several Dutch retailers. Ultimately, you will discover the ‘ABC’ of future-proofing your business in this new era of sustainability.

Independent declaration of plastic sustainability within international laws
Malte Biss
Plastic is like a drug – we need to rethink! In this presentation, Malte will present the five independently accredited consumer trust marks to fight plastic pollution worldwide: ‘Completely free from Plastics’; ‘Items made from recycled plastics’; ‘Free from microplastics’; ‘Plastic-free packaging’; and ‘Plastic-free product’. By empowering consumers to make conscious buying decisions through the display of clear, easy-to-comprehend labels, everyone profits as a result – the planet, individuals, and the economy.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

The future for fiber-based packaging: are we losing or winning?
Jenni Kärkkäinen
Principal, Packaging
AFRY (Formerly known as Pöyry)
Plastic has long been a winning solution in consumer packaging, with benefits such as lower cost and superior properties. However, recent legal changes and strong opposition to plastics are changing the status quo. Consumer attitudes toward fiber-based packaging alternatives are currently extremely positive. The problem, though, is that the fiber-based industry cannot make significant gains unless it reinvents itself. While there are already a large number of fiber-based packaging solutions available on the market, new solutions with improved properties and functionality are needed in order to contend with traditional plastic alternatives – material development and next-generation functional papers will be key over the next decade. Barriers need to be developed to enable extended shelf-life and sealability, while also maintaining recyclability. Cost is also an issue that needs to be resolved. At the same time, the plastics industry is also placing focus on R&D, and plastic packaging recycling issues. Developments in plastics recycling (mechanical and chemical) can be a game-changer in the long run – if chemical recycling becomes viable and accepted, the material of choice may well swing back towards fossil-based plastics. Key questions therefore to be addressed. What is the future outlook for fiber-based packaging? What are the main challenges that need to be overcome for fiber-based packaging? Where are the areas of opportunity? And where can traditional plastics be beaten? And, more importantly, how?

Eliminating plastic packaging waste with circular solutions
Gerald Rebitzer
Senior Sustainability Director
Plastic packaging is the source of plastic waste in many parts of the world. Much of the packaging used today is highly efficient from a material and carbon footprint perspective, but was designed for a linear system. Transitioning how food, medicines, cleaning products, and other consumer goods to circular models is underway. This presentation will discuss the "levers" that can be put in place to eliminate plastic waste, including: reduction, substitution, increased collection and recycling, new recycling technologies, reuse models for packaging, and biodegradable options.

Recyclability assessment of packaging materials
Andreas Grabitz
Business Unit Manager Packaging Materials
Eurofins Consumer Product Testing GmbH
Germany’s ‘Verpackungsgesetz’ (VerpackG) and a wide range of other initiatives around the world are aiming to reduce landfill and environmental pollution from packaging litter. German regulations are calling for an increase in the amount of recycled material from less than 50% currently to 63% in 2022. The industry is therefore investing a lot of effort to change the composition and design of packaging to enhance recyclability. Together with Zentek, one of Germany’s major waste collection companies and a member of ‘Grüner Punkt’, Eurofins has established a protocol to assess and grade the recyclability of packaging materials. As fees for waste collection will, in the future, be based on recyclability, such assessments will become increasingly important and relevant. During this presentation, Andreas will introduce the Eurofins/Zentek approach of recyclability assessment and benchmark the method against standards that are provided by waste collection companies.

Certification of compostable products: what is it and how does it work?
Oliver Ehlert
Product Manager
DIN CERTCO Society for Conformity Assessment mbH
With growing demand from consumers for materials and products that do not exploit fossil resources, such as gas, oil, coal, etc, sustainable resources and sustainability are increasingly in focus for the industry. It is therefore widely necessary for producers to prove that these fossil carbon sources are replaced by bio-based carbon sources or to prove the end-of-life options, respectively. As consumers/users cannot identify these properties just with the naked eye, independent proofs and labeling are necessary. In this presentation, Oliver will introduce various standards and the possible ways for the certification of bioplastics or biocomposites, either bio-based and/or biodegradable. Delegates will be updated on the latest standards and, therefore, the latest bases of assessment in the world of certification. These include: Biobased Products (ASTM D 6866, CEN/TS 16137, ISO 16620, EN 16785-1); products made of compostable materials (DIN EN 13432, ASTM D 6400 and others); Products made of compostable materials for home and garden composting (AS 5810, NF T 51-800); Biodegradability in Soil (EN 17033); Additives for biodegradable products; BPI Certification Program (ASTM D 6400, ASTM D 6868); ABA Certification (AS 4736, AS 5810); and New certification schemes currently developed and recently released. Additionally, a brief overview on the latest legislation in Europe will be provided.

Panel Discussion: The plastic puzzle: creating a truly sustainable future - Final panellists to be announced
Sanjay Patel
Founding Partner
The Packaging Collective
Chris Waterhouse
Managing Director
iDi Pac Ltd
Robbie Staniforth
Head of Policy
A debate to explore the role of all packaging materials as an enabler to a sustainable future for an ever-growing global population. The session will discuss what sustainability means for the panellists with respect to the triple bottom line: economic, environment and societal prosperity in the context of the fundamental principles of good packaging design: reduce, reuse, recover & recycle.

Day2: November 10, 2020

Materials milestones in the future of packaging
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Developing sustainable biobased packaging products
Karin Molenveld
Expertise leader Sustainable Plastics Technology
Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
The EU regulations on the recyclability of plastic packaging products, environmental issues like microplastics and the plastics soup, and the public opinion on plastics force companies to develop sustainable alternatives. This presentation illustrates why we need packaging and discusses current end-of-life scenario’s. It gives insights on how to assess sustainability and concludes with examples on how to improve the properties of bio-based plastics to broaden the application window.

High-performance natural materials for plastic-free applications through enzymatic polymerization
Christian Lenges
Business Development BioMaterials
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Presentation description to be announced

Jellyfish-based biodegradable plastics and superabsorbent polymers
Shachar Richter
Cine'al / CapitalNano
The quest for alternative materials to replace fossil-based plastics is of great importance due to the latter’s adverse impact on the environment. In this context, jellyfish-based polymers may provide an alternative solution to the problem. Aside from their high biopolymer content, the use of jellyfish for this task is of particular interest. Shachar will explain how his organization’s technology could enables us to use jellyfish biomass to produce different types of smart plastics and superabsorbent polymers (SAP). These materials are easy to produce, while their properties can be tuned by blending the biomass with biodegradable cross-linkers that are also generated from renewable resources.
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Adhesives and coatings for a circular economy in packaging and consumer goods
Dr. Dennis Bankmann
Global Business Development Manager Circular Economy
Dennis’ presentation will show how the right adhesives and coatings can contribute to a growing circular economy in packaging and consumer goods. In particular, he will demonstrate examples of Henkel’s approaches of compatibility with recycling, debonding of incompatible materials and new designs with improved recyclability. Among the examples that delegates will hear about are flexible pouches that can be recycled back into pouches, separation of multi-layer flexible packaging and new options for designing PET trays.

Small change, big impact on sustainability: PLAFCO, a new type of material
Jukka Valkama
Plafco Fibertech Ltd.
Plafco Fibertech is industrializing new technology for producing fully bio-based materials with outstanding properties. PLAFCO technology uses state-of-the-art paper technology in converting paper to a cellulosic composite. The new material has excellent moisture stability, stiffness and strength, which makes it a great substitute for many existing paper and plastic products in different applications. Compact PLAFCO units can be installed on-site alongside a paper machine or as individual units.

How fiber-based solutions will support the move to more sustainable food
Raphael Bardet
Head of Business Line, Food
In Raphaël’s presentation, he will detail how fiber-based solutions can support the move to more sustainable food packaging. He will scope the current packaging regulation on sustainability as it relates to end-of-life scenarios as well as Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s position. The key benefits of fiber-based solutions will also be highlighted with examples from Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s sustainable range, including but not limited to fiber-based alternatives to current single-use plastics for straws, window packaging and food trays; innovative bio-based coatings to achieve grease resistance without compromising on recyclability and compostability; and cellulosic oxygen barrier lids for espresso capsules. As Raphaël will explain, while several end-of-life options exist (i.e. recycling and/or composting), the preferred materials and designs should be selected based on the function of the end-use scenario.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Materials in Packaging
George Kellie
Kellie Solutions
Christian Lenges
Business Development BioMaterials
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Paul Gilligan
Magical Mushroom Co
Panel synopsis to be announced
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Fostering a truly circular system for packaging
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

What does recyclability really mean?
Beth Simpson
Senior Consultant in Waste & Resource Sustainability
Anthesis Group
Beth has worked with many producers exploring the issues and challenges surrounding recyclability. In this presentation, she will look in detail at some of these factors, from design for recycling, regulatory interventions and global collection infrastructure. She will highlight producer action that addresses these challenges and makes packaging more recyclable. The question of recyclability may seem straightforward, but there are many interlinking and dynamic factors at play that determine whether or not a packaging item is recyclable. It is vital to consider the full range of these factors. To achieve this, the whole recycling supply chain needs to work together. Producers, consumers, businesses, municipalities, waste management companies and plastic reprocessors, as well as regulators, need to understand how they contribute to and determine if a packaging item is recyclable. There are many examples of where this is successful. However, there are also many others where it is not and many countries where the full recycling supply chain is not in place, meaning there is little or no formal collection infrastructure for any waste item. Delegates will therefore learn the interrelated and dynamic factors that determine if a packaging item is recyclable. You will discover how the whole recycling supply chain needs to work together, as well as what producers need to understand before they can determine if their packaging is recyclable. And finally, you will find out the cross-supply-chain actions that producers could take (and are taking) to increase packaging recyclability.

Thinking circular for a better tomorrow
Trevor Davis
Head of Marketing Consumer Products
Borealis AG
Borealis is committed to advancing a circular economy for polyolefins. Here, Trevor will give an overview of the company’s circular economy-related activities which are held together by the Borealis ‘EverMinds’ platform, which brings together stakeholders to constantly innovate its technologies and product portfolio with circularity of plastics at the core. Borealis is engaged in activities focused on improving the recyclability of plastics packaging, raising recycling content in plastics packaging and preventing leakage of plastics into the environment. He will also briefly present the company’s ‘STOP initiative’, which aims at Stopping the Tap on Ocean Plastics by engaging with local communities in South East Asia. The initiative aims at creating a small circular economy system in a dedicated region through a range of interventions – first and foremost an improved, sustainable waste management system where not only sufficient collection and sorting facilities are put in place but also off-take markets for recycling are stimulated. Furthermore, he will present a series of new, monomaterial pouch solutions based on polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). Designed specifically for recycling – and in collaboration with value-chain partners – these new pouch solutions are suitable for the most demanding consumer packaging applications. In line with the EverMinds approach to Thinking Circular, these solutions further expand the range of more sustainable options available to the flexible packaging industry. A pouch containing 35% post-consumer recyclate (PCR) will also be detailed, which proves that we can give packaging waste a second life yet still maintain the functional performance of that packaging. In the true sense of circularity, Borealis also teamed up with value chain partners to develop the ‘10 Codes of Conduct for Design for Recyclability’, which will help packaging designers to enhance packaging’s circularity. A video will also be shown to inspire delegates to ‘Think Circular’. Additionally, Borealis is developing a variety of recycled PP compounds with a PCR content of up to 50% for use in high-quality rigid packaging applications. You will hear first-hand how close collaboration throughout the value chain can lead to true circularity. An example of this is the bucket solution developed by Borealis, together with its partners Demag and Verstraete, Polymac, Page S and Tecmould. Finally, Borealis has recently announced a strategic cooperation with Neste to produce renewable polypropylene, which will help reduce our reliance on fossil-based feed-stocks. Through this co-operation with Neste, Borealis can now offer a new portfolio of renewable PP solutions, helping the value chain to make their offering more climate friendly.

Digimarc Barcode: creating a ‘digital recycling passport’ in plastics for intelligent sorting
Claudius Jaeger
TitleSales Director Europe
Digimarc GmbH
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastic Economy initiative, ‘HolyGrail’, set out to find a harmonized technological approach that would increase the amount of high-quality, post-consumer recycled content available for new packaging, while creating a means to drive consumer participation in the correct collection of their waste. The original HolyGrail participants, including 29 brands, retailers and industry suppliers, ultimately selected digital watermarking for industry adoption. This advancement is considered as perhaps the only means on the horizon to help brands, retailers and recyclers to meet their public pledges and create the volumes of recycled content to address regulatory mandates. A feature of digital watermarking for recycling, known as ‘Digimarc Barcode’, is that it can be included in any printed material on a package, such as a shrink label, in-mold label or paper label, and also remarkably in the physical substrate of the plastic itself. A successor, industry-led initiative, ‘HolyGrail 2.0’, is further developing the solution for commercial deployments and already includes more than 75 leading brands, retailers, industry trade associations, plastics converters and waste management companies. Here, Burcin will explore the shift in the entire paradigm of the sorting of plastics to increase the quality and quantity of recyclates. He will also delve into the capability to ‘hyper-sort’ any plastic, based upon virtually any sorting parameters desired. Additionally, he will reveal the virtually unlimited information accessible on the object’s attributes, such as the manufacturer, the product SKU, the manufacturing facility or the previous use of the plastic (i.e. food versus non-food items), and the capability to detect any object such as carbon-black or opaque and difficult-to-recycle containers. Ultimately, he will explain how digital watermarking may reduce manufacturers’ exposure to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) fees and achieve higher rankings in design-for-recycling guidelines.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Best practice use of compostable packaging
Andy Sweetman
Sales & Marketing Manager
Futamura is a full member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy (NPEC) program. As part of Phase 2 of this program, the company is acting as project leader for a new workstream, ‘Best practice use of compostable packaging’. Andy will outline the goals, scope and progress to date of that work program. He will explain how compostable packaging fits the fundamentals of the circular economy, as well as help you to understand the ‘language’ (bio-based versus biodegradable versus compostable). How do you identify and differentiate compostable packaging from conventional packaging? And what are the best-fit (and worst-fit) applications for compostables? You’ll find out all this and more during his fascinating presentation.

Building demand for sustainable packaging
Nicole Rycroft
Founder and Executive Director
As companies shift away from single-use plastic packaging, the demand for paper packaging is increasing. Currently, more than three billion trees are cut down annually for paper packaging, impacting ancient forests, biodiversity and releasing significant amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. There are solutions though. Canopy’s award-winning success in working with hundreds of major brands (from fashion giants VF Corp and H&M to Penguin-Random House and Scholastic book publishers) demonstrates how creating demand for forest-friendly products can leverage transformative change throughout supply chains. Here, you can join Canopy Founder Nicole for an engaging, solutions-focused presentation and hear about landmark brand commitments to not source from ancient and endangered forests, how to increase recycled content in packaging as well as the emergence of new fiber inputs from agricultural residues.

Creating circular polymers
Lucy van Keulen
Commercial Director
Current recycling techniques are severely lacking, hence there is a drastic need for other methods. Lucy will explain Umincorp’s newly developed innovative process to recycle post-consumer plastic packaging waste, a solution that enables the company to recover 40% more plastics than other methodologies yet importantly hit quality levels that can fully compete with virgin plastics.

Food & Beverage

Day1: November 9, 2020

Networking breakfast
8:15 am - 8:55 am
Keynote kession
10:45 am - 12:30 pm

A world without plastic waste: building a circular future
Archana Jagannathan
Snr Director Sustainable Plastics
What does a circular future look like? How do packaged goods companies get there? Why is collaboration across the value chain vital? Archana will explain from the point of view of PepsiCo. The company is striving to use more rPET in its bottles, with a goal using 25% recycled plastic content in its plastic packaging by 2025. But in order for it to use more rPET, more needs to become available to purchase. However, due to low recycling rates and limited processing capacity there simply isn’t enough high-quality, food packaging-grade rPET on the market. If we want to create a circular plastics economy, the entire recycling ecosystem needs to be transformed, and so, PepsiCo is supporting efforts around the world to significantly improve its current collection and recycling infrastructure.

The natural solution
Patrick Verhelst
Chief Marketing Officer
We must recognize our part in the global struggle to preserve the planet for future generations. As a packaging supplier, Elopak realizes that it is part of the problem, yet also part of the solution. Using liquid beverage cartons as examples, Patrick will illustrate how a low-carbon and circular economy approach can reduce the carbon footprint of packaging considerably.

Panel Discussion: The packaging showdown: debating the sustainable options for food and beverage - Final panellist to be announced
Jane Muncke
Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer
Food Packaging Forum
Michael Delle Selve
Senior Communications Manager
FEVE – The European Container Glass Federation
Christian Crépet
Executive Director
Marcel Arsand
Sustainability Manager – UK and Nordics
Ball Beverage Packaging Europe
Dirk Wens
General Manager
Be NaturaL N.V
Many properties must be considered when choosing the right packaging material for a product. Attributes such as a package’s weight, recyclability, refillability, transparency, shelf-life, frangibility, shape retention, and resistance to temperature all play a significant role in the selection process.
12:40 pm - 1:30 pm
Materials in a circular world
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Unwrapping the facts about chemicals in food packaging
Jane Muncke
Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer
Food Packaging Forum
Plastic food packaging contributes to plastic pollution due to littering and inadequate waste management. Solutions are being sought and proposed to reduce this negative environmental impact. But plastic food packaging – and also some of its well-intended replacements – have another serious problem: hazardous chemicals can transfer from them into food. The packaging becomes a source of low-level chemical contamination that can affect health, as many studies are now showing. In this presentation, Jane will review the state of the science concerning food packaging as a source of human chemical exposure and discuss why current safety standards are not based on current scientific knowledge. Issues such as endocrine disruption, non-monotonic dose response, mixture toxicity, developmental exposures and epigenetic transgenerational effects are important. She will also show cases of single-use plastics alternatives that lead to increased health concerns resulting from higher human exposure to hazardous chemicals, such as refillable ‘bamboo’ coffee cups. Her conclusion? Environmental concerns need to be addressed hand-in-hand with human health issues today to develop robust solutions that do not become tomorrow’s problems.

Toward plastic-free food packaging
Marcus Dehlin
Head of Business Alliances, Packaging Materials
Stora Enso
What does it take to reduce and replace plastic in primary food packaging? How do consumer preferences on sustainable consumption steer the demands on materials? What do companies need to do to meet consumers’ new demands for more eco-friendly materials? As you will hear from Marcus, renewable materials contribute to a circular bioeconomy, with a lower carbon footprint and less use of fossil-based materials.

Stop waste, save food: the environmental benefits of packaging
Bernd Brandt
Senior Consultant
Denkstatt GmbH
What does it take to reduce and replace plastic in primary food packaging? How do consumer preferences on sustainable consumption steer the demands on materials? What do companies need to do to meet consumers’ new demands for more eco-friendly materials? These questions and many more will be answered in Bernd’s presentation, as he focuses on how renewable materials contribute to a circular bioeconomy, with a lower carbon footprint and less use of fossil-based materials.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

The next step in plastic-free retail
Steven IJzerman
Quality Manager
Two years after the opening of its world-famous – and much-lauded – ‘Plastic Free Aisle’, the Dutch retailer EkoPlaza has been working hard to further develop and expand its sustainably packaged offerings. This has encompassed seeking out better packaging, more sustainable packaging and innovations in packaging. With the goal to reach a plastic-free range that still offers consumers the convenience they come to expect – all the time while keeping its in-store concept scalable – this was no easy feat. Ekoplaza’s Steven will therefore highlight some of those innovations that made the grade, the struggles as well as the criticisms in the company’s journey to find a package that cannot change without its life-cycle system.

End-of-life opportunities for plant-based and compostable food-service disposables
Lucy Frankel
Environmental and Communications Director
Compostable food-service packaging manufacturer Vegware has more than a decade’s worth of experience working closely with the waste sector around the world. The company’s environmental team provides expert waste consultancy to clients, and also runs its own UK composting collections, Close the Loop. In this presentation, Lucy will explore the challenges and opportunities of plant-based and compostable materials in a variety of waste systems, offering guidance to brands and food-service operators on implementing these new materials within the marketplace.

Turning the tide on the plastic waste crisis with new technologies
Tamara Thomas
Director of Research – Head of RPET/PET
Wood Mackenzie
Presentation description to be announced

Presentation title to be announced
Henry le Fleming
Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Presentation synopsis to be announced

Panel Discussion: SEALIVE project
Miriam Gallur
Head of New Advanced Materials Technological Research Group
Panel synopsis to be announced

Day2: November 10, 2020

Technological and strategic roadmaps to a circular economy
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Circularity in food packaging
Thomas Bak Thellesen
Director Group Sustainability & External Affairs
Faerch Group
At its dedicated tray-recycling facility in the Netherlands, Faerch/4PET processes food trays received from collectors, sorters and customers (closed loops) from around Europe. It then recycles those trays back into a food-grade material, which is subsequently used to manufacture new food trays across its production sites. This is just a part of the company’s mission to create a truly circular economy, where plastic products are made from recycled material and are recycled back into new products of the same original quality – time and time again.

A microplastic-free and fully biodegradable alternative to traditional plastics
Antti Valtonen
Head of Marketing & Communications
Presentation description to be announced

Sol-Gel solution for plastic challenges
Fanya Ismail
SGMA (Sol-Gel Coatings & Advanced Materials Ltd)
Plastic pollution and climate change are currently the hot topics and major challenges facing the world today. The bad news is that sustainable solutions are urgently needed. The good news is that this creates and fosters opportunities for SMEs such as SGMA to come up with solutions that are sustainable and provide an alternative to plastic and a route to create effective non-fossil-fuel-based chemicals. The company’s coating barrier for fiber-based packaging is an excellent example of how such innovators can make a difference. And it’s one that helps to eliminate the confusion among customers and fits into the infrastructure of any country by providing a coating barrier that is biodegradable, compostable and recyclable. As Fanya will reveal to delegates in 2020, this exciting development is currently in the process of obtaining certification for food contact in Europe and the USA.
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Plastic-free and recyclable packaging materials: in line with a circular economy
Anne Uusitalo
Product Safety and Sustainability Director
Metsa Group
Consumers are looking for sustainable and recyclable packaging that is driving the industry to innovate new plastic-free solutions – recycling rates of paper and paperboard packaging are twice that of plastic. Metsä Board has developed a non-plastic eco-barrier board that is recyclable and lightweight, providing alternatives to plastics in packaging. Anne will consider key elements of sustainable paperboards, as well as giving case examples using suitable paperboards to replace plastic – including a study that looked into climate effect, food waste and packaging consumer perceptions.

Infinitely recyclable drink cans in a true circular economy
Marcel Arsand
Sustainability Manager – UK and Nordics
Ball Beverage Packaging Europe
Aluminium cans are the world’s most recycled beverage container and it is estimated that 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in circulation today. During this presentation from Marcel, you will learn more about the latest developments from the industry that are driving the real circularity agenda, including carbon reduction, roadmap to 100% recycling rate in Europe, IBA recovery and novel recycling technologies.

An upgrade of plastic-free packaging board
Markku Hamalainen
Kotkamills Oy
Plastic waste discussion has really intensified recently. In the case of food packaging board and disposable cups, the ostracism of plastic should have opened a lot of doors to the board industry. In disposable cups, as an example, the share of fiber-based cups is only 33%, so the opportunity here is to increase the market threefold. But, so far, the big trend has been to substitute petrol-plastic lining with bio-plastic lining, although – in reality – that unfortunately hasn’t changed the recyclability and biodegradability of the cups at all. Fortunately, there are other ways to produce barrier boards as well as use the board in alcohol drinks.

Making food packaging ready for circular economy
Wouter Van Tol
Head of Corporate Responsibility
Plastic plays an important role in traditional food packaging, and it will be required also in the new solutions. This is firstly to protect food, and also to provide material efficient and functional solutions. Food packaging needs to balance between changing food safety and material handling regulations. By understanding the entire value chain for packaging – from raw material sourcing to waste management – we can make food packaging sustainable globally. The presentation will discuss the journey for making food packaging and its manufacturing ready for circular economy

Panel Discussion: Implementing Circular Materials, what can be done today?
Tamara Thomas
Director of Research – Head of RPET/PET
Wood Mackenzie
Al Overton
Buying Director
Planet Organic
Małgorzata Then
Lucienne Damm
Senior Environmental Manager
TUI Cruises
Panel synopsis to be announced
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The multi-faceted tools in the circular economy box
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Legislating for the future: the UK perspective
Robbie Staniforth
Head of Policy
If we do not learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it. Robbie will outline how the UK implemented the European Packaging Directive and why it has not had the impact society now wants. But with governance system due to change in the next few years, he will present some highlights from the upgrades being suggested.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) to enhance management of plastic packaging waste in developing countries: design of an EPR toolbox
Nicole Bendsen
Secretariat of the PREVENT Waste Alliance
Helmut Schmitz
Director of Communication & Public Affairs
Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Holding GmbH
Recent international agreements within the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and the Basel Convention call for measures to enhance the management of plastic waste. Among other mechanisms, they suggest the use of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR schemes exist in various European and other member countries of the OECD whereas, lately, various multi-national consumer goods industry and business associations have announced voluntary commitments to reduce plastic waste leakage into the environment, which also include the establishment of EPR schemes. In order to increase international exchange and to support best practices for circular economy in low- and middle-income countries, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) initiated the PREVENT Waste Alliance, which was launched in Berlin in May 2019. The first initiatives aim to reduce packaging respectively to enhance packaging and plastic management along the entire value chain. Helmut’s presentation will propose a concept for transferring EPR systems to developing countries including a set of tools developed for – and adjusted to – the specific country conditions in Indonesia and Ghana.

Seaweed and bio-based materials from the ocean to replace plastics
Vincent Doumeizel
Director - Food Programme
Lloyd's Register Foundation
In order to replace plastic packaging, oceans represent an untapped sourced of opportunities. Seaweed has already proved to be a very efficient way to package water and other food while shellfish waste and fish could also provide very interesting solutions. In order to leverage on this resource, it will be necessary to update food packaging regulations as well as to generate the demand while supporting the offer. In the meantime, investments for the development of these new materials will be needed and could be activated through a similar mechanism as greenhouse gas offset programs (i.e. plastic-neutral concept). Vincent’s presentation will cover this untapped potential from the oceans as well as the ways to realize it.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Achieving the circular economy value of zero waste: a composting system for biodegradable fresh produce packaging
Kay Tseng
Assistant Marketing Manager
Leezen Company Limited
Compostable packaging is a win-win solution, able to both reduce plastic pollution that endangers marine life while providing organic produce the preservation necessary to keep them fresh from farm to table. Leezen has been packaging fresh vegetables with 100% compostable bags in lieu of conventional plastic bags since August 2017. Resulting from a lack of a recycling infrastructure for compostable materials in Taiwan, the company then initiated a self-contained pilot system that collects used compostable bags for reprocessing. Collected bags are transferred to the logistics company for composting into culture soil or reconstituted into decomposable seed-starter cups to achieve circular economy value of zero waste.

ValueBin: consume responsibly
Giovanni Fantoni Modena
ValueBin was founded to address two of the most pressing issues of our times: scarce recycling information on the products’ packaging and scarce knowledge of the products’ sustainability. ValueBin is a digital platform that easily associates packaging information with local recycling regulations and guides consumers toward a more sustainable consumption.

Chemical recycling of PET: evolution or revolution?
Maurizio Crippa
Gr3n Recycling
Packaging is commonly seen as something negative that we should avoid. Yet it does have a fundamental function – to protect and preserve food. And with a growing world population, the way we do that is going to be more and more important in the future, hence packaging will play a significant role. How we manage packaging waste is crucial, too, and requires a great deal of effort from different players – consumers, governments and companies. New technologies need to be developed to make packaging affordable not only for humans but also for the environment. The chemical recycling of polyester is one way to achieve this and Maurizio will demonstrate to delegates how it works and how end-of-life packaging can benefit from this kind of treatment.

Fashion & Textiles

Day1: November 9, 2020

Networking breakfast
8:15 am - 8:55 am
Keynote Session
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Tackling microplastic in textiles and the circular economy action plan
Mauro Scalia
Director Sustainable Businesses
The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)
A rising global population will naturally consume more and more resources. Conscious and responsible purchases can make a difference yet there is also an urgent need to find and agree on new ways for making, using and disposing products, such as textiles. While the release of microplastics from textiles attracts policy and media concerns, the work of research and industry continues to measure, assess impact and explore feasible solutions.

The H&M group material innovation Eco-system
Martin Ekenbark
Project Manager - Circular Innovation LAB
H&M Group
In order to reach our goals of 100% recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030 and climate positive in the complete value chain by 2040 the H&M group has initiated a circular innovation Lab that will focus on innovations in their early (lab scale) to pre-industrial (pilot scale) stages of development. The projects will cover both commercial and non- commercial products for H&M group, taking a holistic view of the group’s needs and involve brands, functions and external partners as relevant for each specific project.
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Enabling true circularity for packaging in the fashion industry
Kathleen Rademan
Director Innovation Platform
Fashion for Good
Presentation description to be announced

Biodegradability: enabler or enemy within circularity?
Sophie Mather
Board Chair
When a product is biodegradable, it is not purely out of sight and out of mind at the end of its life. Its functionality can easily empower – or totally destroy – circularity when designed into products in a systematic way. Within this session, Sophie will unpick the interrelated elements of this topic, demystifying the complexities and hidden enablers of designing through a circular lens, rather than purely jumping on the biodegradable bandwagon.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Designing circularity into the fashion and textiles sector
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Building circularity in fast fashion: from principles to product
Tara Luckman
Sustainable Fashion Consultant
Flourish CSR
Fast Fashion, often cited as the problem, also has clear opportunity to show leadership towards a sustainable fashion future. By harnessing creativity and consumer influence, agile fashion businesses can play with circular methodologies, rapidly iterating the learning process in a way that’s unique to fast fashion. Tara will look at the building blocks for circular fashion through a product development lens, considering the intervention points throughout product lifecycle which, combined, add up to a very positive future for fashion.

Materials innovations for sustainable sporting goods
Liesl Truscott
Director - Europe and Materials Strategy
Textile Exchange
Presentation description to be announced

circularity.ID Open Data Standard: leveraging technology with a data-driven infrastructure for circularity in fashion
Ina Budde
Over six years of research, pilots and collaboration have been translated into the circularity.ID – a scannable product identifier that enables transparency and circularity of clothes through powering re-use and recycling. Ina’s discussion will provide insights on the needs and requirements for making a circular product from material, to design, use and sorting to be able to ensure longevity and fiber recycling at end-of-life. Ina’s deep dive into the latest industry developments on fiber recycling and automated sorting will demonstrate how the circularity.ID provides one of the missing links for transitioning the industry toward a circular economy. In December 2019, the circularity.ID data standard was launched as Open Data Standard with the mission to increase the momentum of circularity in the fashion industry. It provides an easy solution and a speedboat for fashion brands to bring their commitments to reality today.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Circular fashion: couture dresses from ocean plastic
Sabine Feuerer
SF Design
Sabine Feuerer Studio is a symbol of Germany’s hand-crafted slow fashion, which has been established on the cornerstones of sustainability. It is a brand that not only sells its products, but a brand that shares its products and gives its consumers the opportunity to rent their collections daily. The brand uses just sustainable fibers or pre-consumed materials for its products – e.g. from pre-consumed ocean plastic in some styles of its couture dresses. In order to close the loop fully, the company upcycles and recycles its designs to give them a new product life.

Constructive disruption: stop consuming, start investing!
Dr Gayatri Keskar
Head of Research
Material ConneXion
Material choices remain a core decision of any design process, even more so now that sustainability – and concern for finite resources – have become paramount in an ethical creative process. To gain and retain relevance, designers need to track and master the emerging trends in material resources and manufacturing processes, effectively weaving the ‘story’ of the material into the product. Dr Keskar’s presentation will provide some context and a richer viewpoint through a range of cross-industry case studies that will detail how leading as well as emerging brands and manufacturers are positively disrupting their industries through innovative approaches in material choice, manufacturing process and consumer engagement. Parallels will be made between these latest victories and new potential opportunities, providing the audience with ideas that can be applied to their own industry, products and brands.

Plastics and sustainable materials in the apparel industry
Susan Harris
Technical Director
Anthesis Group
Claudia Amos
Technical Director
Anthesis Group
Plastics are a key issue for the apparel industry. In fact, some of the most common fiber types are plastic (polyester, nylon, acrylic, for example). For many high street brands, polyester constitutes more than 50% of their fiber footprint. There is a strong drive for more sustainable fibers, with global fashion brands and retailers, such as H&M and Zara, setting ambitious ‘sustainable materials’ targets. Around the globe, many brands and retailers are setting 100% recycled polyester targets, and several are also investigating and trialing innovative bio-based materials. Susan and Claudia’s presentation will set out what a typical brand’s fiber footprint looks like with regard to plastics, along with the carbon, water and waste impacts. They will explore some of the sustainable alternatives, including mechanically and chemically recycled polyester, as well as bio-based materials. They will also investigate some of the barriers to implementing more sustainable materials, such as bootstrapping innovation, feed-stock availability, microfibers, chemicals of concern, plus some of the solutions including detailing a suggested process for decision-making and prioritization. How much plastic is used in clothing? What are the alternatives (including recycled fibers and biomaterials)? What are the challenges with implementing these sustainable alternatives? In this presentation, you will learn some of the solutions that tick all of the boxes.

Biobased polymers in fibre applications and the “BioTexFuture" Project
Rolf Westphal
Project Management F&E Man Made Fiber Technologies
ITA Technologietransfer GmbH - ITA Institute of RWTH Aachen
Presentation synopsis to be announced

Panel Discussion: Microfibers: elevating topic understanding through the use of a standard test method
Sophie Mather
Board Chair
Kilian P. Hochrein
Product Stewardship, Fabrics Divison
W.L.Gore & Associates
Rebecca Johansson
Sustainability and R&D Manager
Helly Hansen
Niccy Kol
Brand & Marketing Director
In 2016 the disparity of research understanding on the topic of microfibre release from clothing, stemmed not only from a complex challenge, but from a variety of approaches to testing that resulted in an unclear understanding and at times contradictory results. Fast forward to 2020, with an industry developed global method in place the research landscape has changed. Come and hear first hand from brands and retailers in this panel conversation how working with an industry test method has changed the research landscape within the clothing industry.

Day2: November 10, 2020

Innovative materials to replace plastics in apparel
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Presentation title to be announced
Dr Thomas Stegmaier
Department head and deputy head of the institute
Centre of Excellence Technical Textiles Denkendorf (DITF)
Presentation synopsis to be announced

Spinnova: developing the most sustainable – and circular – textile fiber in the world
Janne Poranen
Spinnova is a Finnish, disruptively sustainable fiber innovation, developed using a breakthrough technology for making textile fiber out of wood and waste without using harmful chemicals. Spinnova’s patented low-emission technology includes 0% harmful chemicals, 0% waste or side streams and zero microplastics, making the fiber and the production method what the company claims to be the most sustainable in the world. Spinnova’s latest R&D achievement is re-using post-consumer fiber. Unlike any other fiber, a Spinnova fabric is fully recyclable with the Spinnova process without dismantling, with improved quality and, again, without harmful chemicals. The company is studying this revolutionary concept together with the Norwegian outdoor brand Bergans, which in November 2019 launched its circular, subscription-based ‘Collection of Tomorrow’ textile concept and prototype backpack. The collaboration and product won sustainability awards at ISPO Munich as well as the Scandinavian Outdoor Award in January 2020.

Jellyfish leather and 3D self-shaping textiles: the future of manufacturing?
Bas Froon
Unseam & 3D Jellyfish Leather
The textile landscape is changing, the result being that the existing model of long lead times of mass-produced products from Asia will not be profitable and sustainable in the not-too-distant future. Unseam develops new technologies and materials that enable local, digital and on-demand manufacturing of textile products. Bas will offer an insight into the development of its 3D shaping textiles: using the power of natural materials and 3D technologies to enable on-demand manufacturing. If you’re curious as to how this will work, he will take you through Unseam’s journey of exploring ‘new’ materials such as jellyfish leather as well as how you might be wearing it in the future.
10:15 am - 10:45 am

The end of ‘sustainability’: beyond zero impact
Linus Mueller
IP/R&D Coordinator
Circular Systems
Presentation description to be announced

Piñatex, a sustainable alternative
Dr Raquel Prado
Sustainability and Research Manager
Ananas Anam
Derived from pineapple leaf fibers, Piñatex is an innovative patented ethically produced new material in the same commercial scope as leather and its PU [from fossil fuels] PVC-derived alternatives, suitable for applications from fashion and accessories to furnishing. Providing a high-performance material that is able to compete economically in the market and reducing the use of non-degradable plastics are currently huge problems for the environment. Piñatex, though, is the result of the valorization of a waste, and the use of renewable materials as main components of the final product. The base material, Piñafelt, is 100% biodegradable and is comprised of 90% Piñatex; the rest is composed of PU and pigments. The PU coating is substituted by a bio-based PU, which ultimately complies with the vision of Piñatex to reduce the environmental impact of the material and look for alternatives that perform.

The future of fashion is regenerative
Felipe Villela
CEO & Co-Founder
The fashion industry is degrading thousands of hectares worldwide, playing a role in deforestation and using a huge amount of pesticides and irrigation in agriculture. ‘Regenerative Agriculture’ allows the fashion industry to regenerate soil, increase biodiversity, water resilience and tackle climate mitigation. Since the fashion industry’s sustainability actions are more often than note concentrated more at the end of the supply chain with re-using, recycling, etc, reNature believes that the root cause to solve socio-environmental challenges is the soil. If the soil is healthy, the business will be healthy, too. Join Felipe for his fascinating discussion about how we can regenerate the fashion industry.

Panel Discussion: Textile-to-textile chemical recycling/circular rPET in the fashion industry
Kathleen Rademan
Director Innovation Platform
Fashion for Good
Cyndi Rhoades
Worn Again Technologies
Patrik Lundström
Panel description and panellists to be announced
12:40 pm - 1:30 pm
Transitioning toward and scaling circularity
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

For the love of planet: Addressing apparel’s sustainability challenge
Michael Colarossi
VP Product Line Management, Innovation and Sustainability, Apparel Solutions
Avery Dennison
Sustainability is a huge and complex issue — one that was long overlooked but is currently begging for our attention. As consumers, corporate leaders, and change-makers, we have a responsibility to influence change and innovate for the sake of our planet and future The fashion industry, in particular, is seeing a shift toward circularity and more sustainable practices. With public perception shifting and consumers becoming more conscious, brands and retailers quickly have to follow suit. But what does it take to change the trajectory of an entire industry? Michael Colarossi of Avery Dennison will navigate the challenge of breaking down silos, engaging stakeholders across the value chain, and collaborating as one to push a shared sustainability agenda forward. From material research and innovation to utilizing technology that places transparency in the hands of the end consumer, Michael will explore the solutions that can — and already are — shaping the apparel industry for the better.

The future of fashion is here
Ruth Farrell
Global Marketing Director, Textiles
Eastman is reimagining fibers for the fashion industry. We started with sustainably harvested wood pulp, which we’re now blending with waste plastics from carpet. Soon we’ll be blending that sustainably harvested wood pulp with textile waste – and ultimately, we’ll harvest our fibers entirely from textile waste, eradicating our industry’s waste problem. It will be an infinite resource – which we’ll use to clothe 10 billion people. Thus, from problems, come solutions, and from endings come beginnings. Ruth Farrell will share the journey roadmap, the technology and the systems we are deploying to create the future of fashion.

Getting circular fashion to scale
Patrik Lundström
Presentation description to be announced
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Lenzing’s REFIBRA technology: virgin-quality cellulose recycling
Dr. Christian Weilach
Global R&D
In textile value chains, waste is an important issue due to the loss of valuable raw materials throughout various steps in the production process. With its ‘REFIBRA Technology, Lenzing addresses this issue and provides an important contribution toward closing the loops in the textile value chain. Using cotton scraps from textile manufacturing, this waste stream is converted into recycling pulp by the REFIBRA Technology. That recycling pulp – together with dissolving wood pulp – is then used to produce virgin-quality TENCEL x REFIBRA lyocell fibers, which are the first commercially available lyocell fibers featuring recycled content and traceability. Developing circular business models in the fashion industry ensures the decoupling of business growth from pressure on ecological resource consumption. To achieve this goal, close collaboration along the value chain is required – for example, to establish the necessary logistics and processes for collecting and processing waste textiles. Dr Weilach’s presentation will shed light on the potential and challenges of textile recycling based on REFIBRA Technology as well as highlight specific applications of TENCEL x REFIBRA lyocell fibers.

The future fashion system into a circular economy
Åsa Östlund
Programmes Director
Mistra Future Fashion
Around 70-80% of the climate impact from Europeans’ use of clothes comes from the production line. For a sustainable future fashion system, material resource efficiency is one of the key aspects. To accomplish this, a cross-sector perspective where material flows are assessed – and the demands from textiles, plastics and packaging producers are mapped out – are essential. Optimal material valorization with processing decreased to a minimum can be achieved in what Mistra Future Fashion calls a ‘cross-sectoral material refinery’. Åsa will explain more during her discussion.

Co-creating circular loops
Niccy Kol
Brand & Marketing Director
In 2018, Waste2Wear started with an Ocean Plastic Project, the key learnings of which were used to set up a concrete value chain from plastic waste to relevant new products in textiles. From the former fishermen – who lost their incomes as a result of new regulations but now earn a living as Waste2Wear collectors – through every step of the recycling process, verified by blockchain technology until the final product, it is clear we need to cooperate, collaborate and co-create in a different way than the one we’ve been accustomed to for the past 30 years. The human factor, the will to change, the trust to share and the ambition to make the world a better place are starting points for us to push innovations. In that respect, Waste2Wear is currently building the value chain from old fridges, microwaves and car parts to woven and non-woven textiles. Why not join Niccy for her presentation to find out how you can collaborate and explore all possibilities?

Bio-based materials for manufacturing industries

Day1: November 9, 2020

Networking breakfast
8:15 am - 8:55 am
Keynote Session
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Plastic-free? The issue is not the material but the money
David Newman
Managing Director
Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA)
While we are increasingly subject to plastic pollution in all its forms – seas, rivers, air, soil and the food chain – optimists lead us to believe we can resolve the challenge of drowning in plastic by inventing new materials such as bioplastics or substituting plastics with existing packaging alternatives such as glass, aluminium, paper, etc. Both are fine but not enough. Meanwhile plastic production grows rapidly and prices are falling. We need to look at the economics of plastics if we want to reduce their impact on the planet as well as our health.

Promoting Biobased Materials in the Automotive Industry
Birgit Klockenhoff
Project Engineer Advanced Materials,
Jack (Tato) Bigio
Co-Founder, Israel CEO
UBQ Materials
The search for alternative materials with a positive impact on the environment is universal. Often the sustainable solutions fall short from delivering a functional and competitive option. This is the story behind the successful new partnership between Mercedes Benz Group Research, and UBQ Materials, the innovative advanced waste conversion startup. Boldly challenging the automotive conventions, they proved that replacing plastics with biobased UBQ materials in auto-parts is a viable alternative. While promoting the use of biobased circular materials as an alternative to plastics, Mercedes Benz and UBQ might be rewriting the rules for the future of sustainable automotive parts.
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Toxics in, toxics out: how do we stop the circulation of toxic additives from plastics?
Karolina Brabcova
Plastics and toxic chemicals expert
Arnika Association
Toxic chemicals are added during the production of plastics, retained during recycling and widely and uncontrollably spread through end-of-life attempts to manage plastics. Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) associated with plastics are released into the environment and poison our food chain and subsequently pose a severe risk to human health. New technologies are being piloted to decontaminate plastic waste from toxic pollutants and improve the recyclability of plastics. Still, the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors are planning to escalate their plastic production by 400% over the next three decades. The result of this is a growing risk of dramatically increased release of these invisible toxic pollutants from plastics worldwide.

Advancing mechanical and chemical recycling of PLA: introducing a new concept!
Francois de Bie
Senior Marketing Director
Total Corbion
Presentation description to be announced

Green deal: circular bio-based economy and the role of bioplastics
Hasso von Pogrell
Managing Director
European Bioplastics
Hasso’s presentation will focus on the EU legislative framework that will shape the circular and bioeconomy in the coming years. With pollution, climate and circular economy, the Green Deal defines three intertwined topics that are all highly relevant for bio-based plastics and a diversified waste management landscape. Hasso will discuss where the European Commission stands regarding the envisaged frameworks for bio-based plastics and for biodegradable plastics, and will showcase some recent circular innovations in the bioplastics market.

Panel Discussion - What impact do alternative bio-based plastics have on climate change and can they help create a circular economy?
Hasso von Pogrell
Managing Director
European Bioplastics
Panellists to be announced soon
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Designing & manufacturing with Bio-based materials & feed-stocks
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Applying ecodesign principles to plastics
Ioana Popescu
Programme Manager
Presentation description to be announced

Presentation title to be announced
Puneet Trehan
Material Innovation & Development Leader
IKEA Group
Presentation synopsis to be announced

How do we make bioplastics sexy?
Damir Perkic
Nowadays, there’s a lot of negativity and misinformation regarding plastics and bioplastics. There’s a great deal of discussion focused on whether or not bioplastics can solve the plastic soup issue and yet there is seemingly limited awareness regarding the other great challenge – we still use fossil oil in more than 99% of all plastics used! In his presentation, Damir will detail how he believes we can accelerate the transition to bioplastics by making it attractive to consumers. If consumers demand something, the whole market has to shift as a collective – and will do so much more quickly as a collective. Why not join him to find out how we can address these two aspects – and make bioplastics sexy?
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Agro-food waste valorization in circular economy for obtaining functional sustainable materials: opportunities and challenges
Prof Carmen Garrigós Selva
Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition & Food Sciences
University of Alicante
Presentation description to be announced

Renewable materials at scale
Eric Zhang
Founder & CEO
Biofiber Tech Sweden
Biofiber Tech has developed a patented technology to modify wood fibers to fundamentally change their characteristics and make them more ‘plastic like’, transforming them into a great feed-stock for the production of biocomposites. Potentially, Biofiber Tech’s innovation enables a new ‘plastic wood fiber pulp’ commodity that can be used by any independent plastic compounder to make their products more environmentally friendly. The modification of the wood fibers facilitates the feeding of the fibers to plastic compounders, too, in addition to improving the mechanical performance of the end-product. Biofiber Tech licenses the technology to wood fiber producers which, in turn, can sell them to third-party compounders – in doing so enabling large scalability. Eric will explain how the end material is therefore not only sustainable but competitive on cost and performance.

karuun: the start of modern material thinking
Julian Reuter
Managing Director & Co-founder
out for space
The main reasons for deforestation are the local population’s need for resources and an improved livelihood. It is out for space’s belief that the active protection of the environment can only work if the local population benefits. The planting of rattan palm trees for ‘karuun’ is intended to guarantee local people a long-term income by protecting existing rainforests and promoting reforestation. Indirect rainforest protection with rattan and other non-timber products has worked well in the past. However, the sudden decline in rattan demand, the rise of plastic replacements and the deforestation for monocultures has led us to a tipping point. Now, though, we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stand at the forefront of modern material thinking.

Presentation title to be announced
Hugo Ferreira Da Silva
Vice President, DSM Additive Manufacturing
Presentation synopsis to be announced

Panel Discussion - Scaling production of bio-based feedstocks
Vincent Doumeizel
Director - Food Programme
Lloyd's Register Foundation
Insiya Jafferjee
The Shellworks
Viirj Kan
Primitives Biodesign
Panel description and final panellists to be announced

Day2: November 10, 2020

New materials and techniques to disrupt the status quo
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

ECOXY Project: a bio-based, recyclable, reshapable and repairable (3R) fiber-reinforced thermoset composite
Blai López Rius
Researcher in Composites Department
The corrosion of metallic structures has a significant impact on maintenance costs. Reinforced polymer composites, though, are an interesting alternative in order to decrease these costs as well as improve durability. There are several industry challenges (bending, welding, recyclability), which can be overcome through technology development. Different resins are now available on the market with similar properties to epoxy thermoset resins but with recyclability and similar thermoforming properties, with the added benefit of emanating from bio resources. Within the ECOXY project, these resins have been validated in the construction sector, in a window profile, and have also taken into account relevant standards and applicable certifications. Arsenio will present the results obtained from using these bio-resins and natural fibers in a pultrusion process, while also detailing the feasibility of using bio-resins in other marketable products.

Where non-persistent polymers fit within a circular economy
Erwin Vink
Senior Sustainability Manager
Sustainability is all about feed-stock, design, fit for use, recycling and end of life. These all have to come together if we want to move toward a plastic-free world. In this presentation, Erwin will cover those five aspects in relation to ‘Ingeo’ biopolymers and show where and how they fit within a circular economy. NatureWorks is a company that offers a broad portfolio of renewably sourced polymers that can be used in products from coffee capsules and appliances to tea bags and 3D printing filaments. As Ingeo biopolymers are made from annually renewable resources, NatureWorks made the commitment that 100% of the agricultural feed-stocks will be certified as environmentally and socially sustainable by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification System (ISCC PLUS). This commitment was also announced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.

Bio-based feed-stocks to achieve new properties with polyurethane materials
Irene Cristina Latorre Martinez
Senior Project Manager
Covestro Deutschland AG
Dr Martinez will provide an overview of the latest developments surrounding using renewable feed-stocks. These will include a hardener for coatings, which has recently been developed and commercialized and features up to 70% of its carbon content derived from plants. CO2 is also increasingly being used instead of petroleum-based raw materials, accounting for up to 20% of the raw materials used in a precursor for flexible polyurethane foam. The substitution of current petrochemically derived aniline by biobased aniline is another prominent project. The focus, though, is on how to attain new properties using bio-based feed-stocks that can outperform current materials.
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Ultra-Silent: a sustainable lightweight acoustic PET underbody panel
Dr Laura Gottardo
Team Leader - Fibres, Filaments and Felts - Research & Technology
Autoneum Management AG
Dr Gottardo’s presentation will review the current sustainability trends in the automotive world and focus on the application of Autoneum Ultra-Silent technology to address the needs of vehicle OEMs. The technology uses 70% post-consumer PET in a closed-loop manufacturing process to deliver 100% PET underbody components used on the exterior of the vehicle. The underbody components themselves also contribute to an improved carbon footprint during the vehicle use phase by providing lightweight acoustic components that also improve aerodynamic performance. Based on Autoneum’s internal Innovation Sustainability Assessment and on a product LCA, the impact of Autoneum Ultra-Silent will also be reviewed on a cradle-to-grave basis.

Compostable high-performance plastics from agro waste
Jeremiah Dutton
Head of Sales & Marketing
Trifilon AB
Biocomposite technologies have been around for decades now. Many were developed simply to repurpose the by-products of agriculture or forestry – in other words, to discover cost-cutting filling material. While there are merits to those technologies, the fillers frequently detract from the material qualities of the biocomposite. Wood fillers often make darker and more brittle materials, for example, and so have very limited applications. The root of Trifilon’s biocomposite business lies in the search for bio-fibers that would enhance material properties. The company now has a decade of experience working with one of nature’s strongest natural fibers – hemp. But as the business and market for bio-based materials has developed, demand is growing for locally sourced ingredients. And, unfortunately, hemp is not yet a common crop in the Nordics where Trifilon is based. Flax, on the other hand, is. A strain of the plant is frequently grown in the Nordics for the linseed, which is either grown for the seeds or used to make oil. As Jeremiah will inform you, the fiber portion of this strain is today not being used. Until now, that is…

The future of the plastics industry is circular economy
Andreas Jenne
Head of Sustainability
Presentation description to be announced

Panel Discussion: Can bio-based materials help create a circular economy?
Lara Dammer
Head of Department Economy & Policy
Panel description and panellists to be announced
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Bio-based materials in the circular economy
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Compostable – Biodegradable Polymers for a Plastics-free End-of-Life in Harmony with the Circular Economy
Ramani Narayan
Proffessor, Department of Chemical Engineering & Material Science
Michigan State University
Presentation description to be announced

LNP solutions for the circular economy
Willem Hamersma
Product Management LNP
SABIC Innovative Plastics B.V.
Presentation description to be announced

Next level of sustainability: utilizing existing wood waste streams to replace fossil-based plastics
Ralf Ponicki
Director UPM Formi
UPM Biocomposites
Ralf will focus on UPM Biocomposites’ range of solutions designed for the next level of sustainability. In particular, he will discuss a clear circular approach that transforms existing wood waste stream residues into a high-performing bio-composite, along with some existing examples and data. He will highlight the whole value chain, even presenting LCA data (from cradle to grave) and chain-of-custody certifications from the independent third-party organization, ISCC. The transparency and validity of UPM’s solution in relation to sustainability and performance will also be highlighted.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Feed-stock recycling of PLA: a bio-based polymer goes circular
Dr. Antje Lieske
Head of Department Polymer Synthesis
Fraunhofer IAP
Dr. Stephan Kabasci
Head of Department Bio-Based Plastics
Fraunhofer UMSICHT
Plastics from renewable resources such as polylactide (PLA) are gaining more and more market share. With the proliferation of PLA, issues concerning the end-of-life options of PLA products gain importance. As conventional mechanical recycling processes often involve a deterioration of the characteristic property profile of a polymeric material, chemical recycling can be an attractive alternative. In this presentation, Dr Kabasci and Dr Lieske will present results concerning the simple reintegration of PLA waste into its technical synthesis process. Additionally, a life-cycle assessment of this recycling route – which could run on existing synthesis lines for PLA without significant extra investments – will be presented. The results reveal the feasibility of adding variable amounts of PLA waste into the dilactide-producing process step without adversely affecting the process performance or the product quality. The advantage of this feed-stock recycling process compared to other chemical recycling options is that it runs on existing synthesis lines for PLA without significant extra investments. The chemical background of the recycling process and the results obtained for various possible PLA recycling streams will also be highlighted. Additionally, a life-cycle assessment of this recycling route will be highlighted.

Solutions for credible certification for a sustainable bioeconomy and circular economy
Norbert Schmitz
Managing Director
ISCC System GmbH
The International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) is a globally applicable sustainability certification system and covers all sustainable feed-stocks, including agricultural and forestry biomass, circular and bio-based materials, and renewables. In this presentation, the organization’s Dr Schmitz will discuss the challenges for brand-owners committed to the bioeconomy and circular economy. He will additionally focus on the market requirements of plastic products within the bioeconomy and circular economy, as well as discuss ISCC solutions for the sustainability certification of plastic products. Finally, he will touch upon deforestation-free raw materials through the latest remote sensing data and innovative tools.

Presentation title to be announced
Dr Marco Ricci
Consorzio Italiano Compostatori (CIC)
Presentation synopsis to be announced


Day1: November 9, 2020

Networking breakfast
8:15 am - 8:55 am
10:45 am - 12:30 pm

What do we need to run a circular economy with plastics?
Hans-Josef Endres
Institute Director
Institut fur Kunststoff-und Kreislauftechnik
Presentation synopsis to be announced

Enabling a circular plastics economy through specialty chemical solutions
Bettina Siggelkow
Program Manager EcoCircle
Enabling a circular plastic economy requires specialty chemical solutions, which support the reprocessing of plastic waste – both in a mechanical as well as in a chemical recycling process. In order to achieve the same product properties of recycled polymers through mechanical recycling, new solutions are necessary. Additives used in polymers should support recycling, by simplifying critical polymer mixtures, decreasing the number of different polymer types in the application and by stabilizing the product to allow multiple recycling processes. Chemical recycling processes offer a good solution for mixed plastic waste, which cannot be mechanically recycled. An efficient process requires processing aids, which increase the quality of the resulting polymer and allow an easy handling of the plastic waste. The development and implementation of these new solutions require the joint effort along the value chain, aiming to achieve the same main target: the reduction of plastic waste globally.

Panel Discussion: Title to be announced
Marko Kärkkäinen
Chief Commercial Officer - Global
Clewat Inc.
Panel discussion synopsis to be announced
12:40 pm - 1:30 pm
Where exactly does the circle start in a circular economy?
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Circular plastics system mapping
Ke Wang
Knowledge Lead
Platform for Accelerating The Circular Economy (PACE)
How do we envision a circular plastics future? What will be its societal impacts, in both environmental and socio-economic terms? What would be the roadmap? Where are the key challenges and potential trade-offs? And how could we overcome them? These are the questions that the Platform for Accelerating The Circular Economy (PACE) seeks to answer in the ‘System Map’, which brings together insights of the PACE community. In this presentation, Ke will provide an update on the PACE circular plastics system mapping, as well as a brief overview of ongoing initiatives in its project portfolio.

How can the rest of the chain support recyclers to improve the recycling stream?
Stuart Hayward-Higham
Technical Development Director
Presentation description to be announced

Plastic Leak Project to tackle plastic and microplastic leakage
Laura Peano
Senior Consultant, Plastics Lead
The Plastic Leak Project (PLP) has delivered a metrics-driven methodology to assess plastic leakage in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and an industry-specific guidance that enables companies to locate and assess plastic leakage along their value chains. In this presentation, Laura will show first results from a plastic leakage assessment at a corporate level, hot-spots identified and actions taken by the company on the basis of this assessment.
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Upcycling with chemical recycling: from waste of the waste to industrial-grade technical polymers
Johannes Auer
EHS Manager
Siemens AG
Dr Auer will offer a description of the approach of the Siemens plastic strategy as an introduction, leading to the results of a pilot project applying chemical recycling to upcycle the waste of the plastic waste to a technical polymer suited for applications in industrial atmospheres.

Bridging the financing gap for new technologies
Lucy Mortimer
Archipelago Eco Investors
There is a significant funding gap for the next generation of technologies that are either seeking to avoid plastic becoming a waste in the first place or applying novel methods of recycling plastic waste to recover value in a circular economy model. Many companies are developing from lab bench and prototype or first roll-out to pilot plant, and there is enough venture capital funding available to get them to this stage, but at present there are very few investors taking the risk of backing full-scale roll-outs of these new technologies and processes. Archipelago is one of a very limited number of investors in this space, and finance does not (yet) seem to a be a widely talked about issue at conferences and events, although it is crucial to getting these technologies to scale. Archipelago’s experience in this sector may provide interesting insights for investee companies and Lucy will share her company’s experience and ideas pertaining to what she believes is ‘back-able and bankable’.

Closing cycles: toward a circular economy of plastics
Dr Rainer Rettig
SVP & Head of Circular Economy Program
Closing the loop on plastics cannot be achieved by only one stakeholder within the circular economy. In order to build the most efficient solutions, participation and strong collaboration between many partners of the value chain as well as existing and new stakeholders is a necessity. Innovative business models have to be thought circular from the outset while existing ones need to adapt to the goal of circularity. Dr Rettig’s presentation will look into concepts that keep used products in the economy as well as how to create new value from them for society. This will be based on a holistic business view, bringing together important drivers for a circular economy: climate protection; the use of alternative raw materials; and resource efficiency. A particular focus will be put on opportunities to realize the value that lies in used plastic waste, including the required framework conditions. In this context, profound knowledge of chemical processes is required to move onto the next level of plastics recycling. Dr Rettig will therefore discuss how this knowledge can help to leverage synergies with the recycling industry, customers and other partners in a circular economy.

Applying AI and robotics to the mounting recycling challenge
Matanya Horowitz
AMP Robotics
Presentation synopsis to be announced

Panel Discussion: Traceability in plastics recycling
Douglas Johnson-Poensgen
Founder & CEO
Panel synopsis and panellists to be announced.

Day2: November 10, 2020

Technofixing our way to a circular future
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Drivers for success to reduce single-use plastics: where machine learning/AI can be used to drive improvement
Mark Hoff
Partner, Sustainability
What are the drivers for success to tackle plastic waste? How are companies embedding technology platforms into sustainability strategy and execution? Mark will reveal how combining traditional sustainability analysis with machine learning/AI can be used to drive improvements on both strategic and operational issues in relation to plastics.

Innovation with purpose across an entire industry: the SAP Leonardo Plastics Challenge
Stephen Jamieson
Head of Sustainable Business Innovation
Presentation description to be announced

Become plastic positive: solving the plastics crisis by giving plastics a value
Wilhelm Myrer
Founder & CEO
How can we use the principles of the Norwegian plastic deposit system, currently recycling 97% of all the bottles, and apply that to all plastic waste in the world? Wilhelm will explain how Empower is building a global plastic waste deposit system, incentivizing the collection and tracking of plastic waste anywhere by providing the digital tools necessary for a circular economy.
10:15 am - 10:45 am

How supply chains within a circular plastics economy can benefit from the digital twin
Anna Preut
Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML
How can digitalization and a digital twin contribute to the circular design of plastics supply chains and therefore to the reduction of resource consumption – e.g. in the form of raw material extraction, emissions and plastic waste? A digital twin – regarded as one of the top information technologies of the future – enables the continuous collection, processing and visualization of comprehensive status information for a specific product along the entire product life-cycle and in real-time. As part of Anna’s presentation, the potential of using this technology to improve the circulation of plastic products in the sense of a circular plastics economy will be elaborated. To this end, essential characteristics of digital twins will be defined and material flows and challenges (e.g. lack of information, missing traceability) in implementing the circular economy principles (e.g. recycling, refurbishing, re-use) will be taken into account. Her presentation will therefore provide an overview how supply chains within a circular plastics economy can benefit from digitalization.

Digital revolution or hype? Digitization as key enabler for a circular plastics economy
Christian Schiller
Co-Founder & CEO
Making plastics more circular is at the heart of the industry’s effort to redeem plastic as a valuable material. It is not the material itself that is the problem, rather mismanaged plastic waste at the end of its linear life-cycle. Yet closing the loop is hard: multi-layer material, additives, contamination levels and regulatory barriers make virgin still the choice to go for the plastic value chain. Christian’s presentation will look at how digitization could significantly reduce transaction costs of recycled plastic and in doing so create economic incentives for a meaningful push toward closing the loop.

Back to nature with ‘Greencycling’: why closed loops are the model for a world without waste and limited resources
Daniel Odenthal
Arcus Greencycling GmbH
Presentation description to be announced
12:40 pm - 1:30 pm
Reducing, eliminating and adding value to waste
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Chemical recycling: the upcycling of plastic waste
Carlos Monreal
Plastic Energy
Plastic Energy has developed a solution to address low-value mixed plastics that usually end up incinerated, in landfills or in the ocean. The company’s chemical recycling technology infinitely upcycles end-of-life plastics into ‘TACOIL’, a product that can replace fossil oil in the production of virgin plastic. In addition to having two industrial plants running for the past three years, Plastic Energy and its partners have validated this so-called ‘Plastic2Plastic’ process in real-life commercialized food-grade products. Carlos will explain how this new solution, when complementing current mechanical recycling efforts, is reducing plastic pollution, increasing recycling rates and enabling the introduction of recycled content in food-grade packaging.

Why waste waste?
Jack (Tato) Bigio
Co-Founder, Israel CEO
UBQ Materials
One thing we know for sure is that where there are people, there is waste. Everything we do creates waste. And with so many of us, the amount of waste we generate is growing at an alarming rate. Two billion tons of municipal solid waste is produced annually, responsible for +8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and this number is expected to double by 2050. What if there was a way to put all this waste to good use? UBQ Materials has developed an advanced conversion technology, patenting the world’s first bio-based raw material made from waste. Jack will reveal his company’s revolutionary way to divert residual household waste from landfills and transform it into an effective, climate-positive, substitute for wood, concrete and – most pertinently for us – plastic. The future is one where linear consumption models are replaced with a circular economy, landfills are considered obsolete, and waste is no longer wasted.

Hydrothermal waste recycling in the plastic circular economy
Oliver Borek
Managing Director
Mura Technology is at the forefront of a new era in chemical recycling. The company has developed a unique technology, Cat-HTR (Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor), which chemically recycles end-of-life waste plastics. Its patented hydrothermal upgrading technology uses water at high pressure and supercritical temperatures to convert end-of-life waste plastics into synthetic crude oil, and valuable petrochemical products including solvents and waxes. As Oliver will detail, these products can be sold as feed-stocks into the chemical industry, in doing so contributing to a circular economy for plastics. In Germany, specifically, each plant will be part of a conversion ecosystem that will include both the waste disposal industry and the petrochemical producers to optimize the recyclability of the waste stream.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

City oil field: turning landfilled plastic into value-added products
Athan Fox
Aurelius Environmental
Aurelius Environmental is currently scaling-up a process that could be the ‘missing link’ in the circular economy for plastics. Its process has been proven at scale and the full pilot plant – which should be completed by March 2020 – will be capable of processing 20-100 tons per day of mixed plastics. Crucially, the technology enables mixed plastics to be processed without separation at the front-end: no shredding, removal of labels, separation or other processing of the plastics is necessary (although a small number of plastic components cannot be taken up, either due to legislation or due to hazardous by-products). Currently the process can take LDPE, HDPE, polystyrenes (including styrene foams), metallized films, single-use plastics and most plastic materials that are currently marked as ‘not recyclable’. Previously unseen at this scale, the solution uses state-of-the-art technology that breaks down the plastics at low temperature (processing temperatures are from 200-270°C). The process produces fuel from the mixed plastics that is roadworthy, and the engineering aspects of the plant are certified by the American Association of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Other fuels can also be produced, and iterations of the technology can be developed specifically to address chlorinated plastics, polyurethanes and thermosetting materials. Athan will be at Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2020 to exclusively announce his work – and results – in this area.

Impacts of advances in sorting technologies on final product quality: a circular economy for plastics is possible
David Rüßmann
Manager Circular Economy
Tomra Sorting GmbH
Currently, only 2% of used plastic will end up in closed-loop recycling – the other 98% will either be downcycled, lost during the process, burned or landfilled. To achieve a circular economy for plastics, the used plastic needs to be sorted back into high-quality fractions. Tomra, as a leading company in sensor-based sorting machines, will show that even post-consumer material can be put back into high-quality products. What are the difficulties and possibilities in order to achieve the best result? Charlotte will describe the intricacies of the different trials, methods, results, and reveal the possible outlook.

Styrenics: made for recycling
Petra Inghelbrecht
Global Sustainability Manager
Ineos Styrolution
Styrenics is a valuable raw material that must not end up in landfills – and definitely shouldn’t pollute the oceans. Well suited for recycling, styrenics is in fact better than many other materials. INEOS Styrolution, a leader in the field, is working to create a true circular economy for styrenic materials. Petra’s presentation will discuss how chemical companies can create short- and long-term value by taking advantage of various recycling technologies. She will examine the recycling process of polystyrene holistically: from the collection and sorting of polystyrene packaging in the European Union, the ease of sortability of polystyrene, the lower environmental impact obtained with recycling to maintaining the value of products across the entire supply chain. Finally, she will address all technical aspects of a chemical recycling approach, including depolymerization, while also discussing technologies such as pyrolysis and solvolysis.

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