2020 Virtual Conference Agenda

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Retail, Consumer Goods & Packaging

Day1: November 9, 2020

Opening Plenary and Keynote Session
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

9:00 am (CET)

Accelerating a circular plastics economy through partnerships
Kristin Hughes
Director of the Global Plastic Action Partnership and Member of the Executive Committee
World Economic Forum
The dramatic increase in global plastic waste and pollution has become one of the greatest environmental crises of our time, with around eight million tons of plastic waste leaking into the ocean every year. By assembling a diverse and influential coalition of allies dedicated to addressing this challenge, the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) has forged a powerful multi-stakeholder platform to accelerate impact at both the global and national levels. Kristin will reveal more about how GPAP is harnessing the convening power of the World Economic Forum to form impactful partnerships, create alignment among diverse initiatives, and guide an inclusive transition towards a circular economy for plastics.
 

9:25 am (CET)

The Basel Convention Amendment on Plastic Waste and its relevance to industry
Rolph Payet
Secretariat
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
During the Basel Conference of the Parties in April/May 2019, governments amended the Basel Convention to include plastic waste in a legally binding framework to make global trade in plastic waste more transparent and better regulated, while also ensuring that its management is safer for human health and the environment. At the same time, a new Partnership on Plastic Waste was established to mobilize business, government, academic and civil society resources, interests and expertise to assist in implementing the new measures, to provide a set of practical supports – including tools, best practices, technical and financial assistance. Dr Payet will reveal the latest in regard to the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments.
 

9:50 am (CET)

Europe’s future strategy for plastics in the circular economy
Werner Bosmans
Directorate General Environment
European Commission
Challenges linked to the production, consumption and end-of-life of plastics can be turned into an opportunity for the European Union and the competitiveness of the European industry. Tackling them through an ambitious strategic vision, covering the entire value chain, can spur growth, jobs and innovation. It can also reaffirm European leadership in global solutions and help us make the transition towards a low-carbon and circular economy, while providing citizens with a cleaner, safer environment.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

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

11:10 am (CET)

Beiersdorf: we care beyond skin
Géraldine Weilandt
VP Body Care, Body Cleansing, Sun & Creams
Beiersdorf AG
Jean-François Pascal
VP Corporate Sustainability
Beiersdorf AG
Beiersdorf is a leading provider of innovative, high-quality skin care products with more than 135 years’ experience in this market segment. Headquartered in Germany, the company offers an extensive portfolio of renowned brands such as NIVEA, Eucerin/Aquaphor, Hansaplast, la prairie and Coppertone. As Beiersdorf’s commitment is to ‘care beyond skin’, it sets a strong focus on sustainability. In the context of sustainable packaging and plastic, this means: reduce, re-use, recycle and replace. Launching the body lotion of the NIVEA Naturally Good product series, Beiersdorf introduced a first of its kind bottle – with 50% less plastic. In this fascinating presentation, Géraldine and Jean-François will reveal more.
 

11:35 am (CET)

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
Ending plastic pollution requires both a holistic and a systemic approach. Delphine’s presentation will look into how the Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) global movement has been raising awareness of the different aspects of pollution associated with plastic production and consumption. From the ‘wellheads’ in the USA to the dumpsites in Malaysia, we will see how BFFP members have been supporting the development of effective solutions to plastic pollution along the entire value chain. BFFP focuses on systemic solutions upstream rather than downstream, notably by calling on companies to redesign their products, to make them responsible and sustainable by design, and also to rethink their production and delivery systems, by advocating for regulatory measures that would support the development of new business models based on waste prevention and reuse. BFFP also works closely with cities that have zero waste goals.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Health – the plastic elephant in the room
Siân Sutherland
Co-Founder
A Plastic Planet
Dr Pete Myers
Founder and Board Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University
David Azoulay
Managing Attorney
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Maria Westerbos
Director
Plastic Soup Foundation
Simon Hombersley
CEO
Xampla
Plastic and health. We know now that we cannot have healthy humans on an unhealthy planet. Will new scientific research irrefutably prove impact on our health from plastic toxins? Will this be the tipping point to accelerate new systems, materials and behavioral change? Or will convenience and price outweigh public concerns? This panel will debate these points and the corporate risks they may lead to.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
 
Classification, design and sustainability considerations for waste-free packaging
1:15 pm - 4:45 pm (CET)

1:15 pm (CET)

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.

1:40 pm (CET)

Running a sustainable business with plastics and working without waste: game-changers in the plastics industry
Willemijn Peeters
CEO
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 presentation, Willemijn will reveal to 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.

2:05 pm (CET)

Independent declaration of plastic sustainability within international laws
Malte Biss
Gründer
Flustix
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.

2:30 pm (CET)

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 toward 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?

2:55 pm (CET)

Eliminating plastic packaging waste with circular solutions
Gerald Rebitzer
Senior Sustainability Director
Amcor
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.

3:20 pm (CET)

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.

3:45 pm (CET)

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.

4:10 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: The plastic puzzle – creating a truly sustainable future
Mark Lancelott
Sustainability and Circular Economy Lead
PA Consulting
Robbie Staniforth
Head of Policy
Ecosurety
Simon Locke
Sustainable Design Innovation Manager
The Body Shop
Wil Schoenmakers
Global Head of Consumer Goods and Manufacturing
PA Consulting
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 panelists with respect to the triple bottom line: economic, environment and societal prosperity in the context of the fundamental principles of good packaging design: reduce, re-use, recover and recycle.
Keynote Session
4:40 pm - 6:25 pm (CET)

4:40 pm (CET)

County and city governmental leadership on plastic pollution: how Fulton County and the City of Atlanta supported each other’s historic strides in fighting plastic pollution
Shelby Buso
Chief Sustainability Officer
City of Atlanta
Kenneth Darisaw
Manager - Energy & Sustainability
Fulton County
Ellis Kirby
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Fulton County
Local governmental sustainability leaders are working closer together than ever, sharing best practices, successful programs, and creating new models for policies that are enhancing their communities’ resilience and livability. Fulton County was the first local government in Georgia history to pass legislation to reduce the use of single-use plastics in County-owned and operated facilities, and a few weeks later, the City of Atlanta followed suit with its own single-use plastics legislation. Although the scope and languages of their policies differ, Fulton County and the City of Atlanta show us an example of how local governments can support one another’s efforts to respond to their communities to fight plastic pollution, effectively engage internal and external stakeholders, and serve as models for other cities trying to find pathways to make their own strides in combatting plastic pollution.

5:05 pm (CET)

Truth, responsibility, risk, opportunity, hope, legacy – the power of business to create the change humanity needs
Siân Sutherland
Co-Founder
A Plastic Planet
Entrepreneur Siân will help us join the dots in the plastic crisis – the carbon connection, the irrefutable numbers, the innovations, the health impact and the levers of systemic change.

5:30 pm (CET)

Bringing fully biodegradable and compostable bioplastics to the mainstream
Brad Rodgers
Strategic Consultant
Danimer Scientific
Garry Kohl
Sr. Director R&D, Global Packaging Innovation for Snacks & Foods
PepsiCo

5:55 pm (CET)

There is no 'away': tackling the plastic waste crisis by 'design'
Jeff Seabright
Co-Founder & Partner
IMAGINE
Networking Session -
6:20 pm - 6:50 pm (CET)
 
Eliminating plastic waste from packaging
6:50 pm - 9:30 pm (CET)

6:50 pm (CET)

PLASTICOSIS: Its implications for human and animal life
Branson Richie
Director, Technology Development & Implementation
New Materials Institute, University of Georgia
While we humans aren’t suffocating on plastic bags like marine birds or turtles, the amount of toxic additives present in our everyday plastic, combined with our constant exposure to this material, is cause for concern for scientists. It is important to learn and be aware about the harmful effects of plastic on human health in order to effectively counter them.

7:15 pm (CET)

Extracting value from trees
Beth Cormier
Vice President Research, Development and Sustainability
Sappi North America
Anything you can do with a fossil fuel, you can do with the natural cellulose from trees – this is the mantra that drives Beth and her work at Sappi. She works to develop innovative new processes to extract more value from each tree harvested. In this presentation, she will share one company’s perspective for rethinking how they use cellulose, the most abundant polymer on earth, which is opening a broad range of options to mitigate carbon impacts, increase the recyclability of and compostability of products and helping mitigate life-cycle impacts. This presentation will highlight innovative and ground-breaking work resulting in more sustainable and lower carbon alternatives for textiles, packaging and graphic communications markets.

7:40 pm (CET)

Dry-molded fiber – the viable, low-cost and scalable alternative to single-use plastic
Wil Schoenmakers
Global Head of Consumer Goods and Manufacturing
PA Consulting
Philip Fawcus
Head of Sustainable Packaging and PulPac Lead
PA Consulting
Without widespread intervention, more than 1.3 billion tons of plastic waste will flow into the world’s oceans and land over the next two decades. While novel plastic alternatives are emerging, these are often expensive, slow to produce, difficult to source materials for and have large CapEx requirements. But what if cellulose pulp, a globally available commodity, coupled with some clever technology, could offer the speed, cost and quality advantages over plastic, and truly reduce plastic waste globally?

8:05 pm (CET)

Plastic replacement technologies and materials for food packaging
Simon Balderson
Director
Sirane
The capability of sophisticated plastic packaging to extend shelf life has created a global food market with considerable economic, social and humanitarian benefits. Non-plastic alternatives are unlikely to succeed unless they provide similar or additional benefits. Furthermore, plastic is cheap, light, easy to process, transparent, flexible and available with a wide range of physical and chemical properties. Non-plastic alternatives have a tough act to follow. Recent technical developments offer a family of solutions and a viable way forward. Simon’s presentation will detail the latest technology and the associated recent commercial products for the food packaging market.

8:30 pm (CET)

Keeping food waste out of landfill by using plant-based packaging
Julia Wetstein
Zero Waste Director US
Vegware Packaging, Inc
Food-service operations in the COVID-19 era have had to depend heavily on single-use items for health and safety reasons. This has complicated zero waste-to-landfill programs even more than pre-COVID days. Instead of creating more plastic waste, we can utilize biopolymers, other plant-based packaging and good end-of-life planning to increase diversion of food scraps and service ware from food-service operations while still maintaining protocols to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

8:55 pm (CET)

SUPER: a roadmap toward plastic packaging elimination or reduction
Manuel Maqueda
Co-Founder & CEO
SUPER
Plastic pollution awareness and circular economy laws are growing. Increasingly, businesses want to reduce their single-use plastic footprint, but are at a loss as to how to do it. In this thought-provoking presentation, Manuel will discuss obstacles and opportunities for single-use plastic elimination or reduction for businesses. He will dispel common myths and misconceptions, and highlight actionable solutions; while sharing the latest updates on SUPER, a footprinting technology and a tiered certification program enabling businesses to eliminate single-use plastics.

9:20 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Challenges to biopolymer replacement of environmentally persistent plastics
Branson Richie
Director, Technology Development & Implementation
New Materials Institute, University of Georgia
Eric Klingenberg
Materials Science Lead
Mars, Inc
W. Clayton Bunyard
TitleResearch Technical Leader - Global Research & Engineering
Kimberly-Clark
Jason Locklin
Director, New Materials Institute Center Lead, Center for Advanced Polymers, Fibers & Coatings
University of Georgia
Networking Session - Networking Session
10:00 pm - 10:30 pm (CET)
 

Day2: November 10, 2020

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

9:00 am (CET)

Developing sustainable bio-based packaging products
Karin Molenveld
Expertise leader Sustainable Plastics Technology
Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
The European Union regulations on the recyclability of plastic packaging products, environmental issues such as microplastics and the plastic soup, and public opinion concerning plastics are forcing companies to develop sustainable alternatives. Karin’s presentation illustrates why we need packaging and discusses current end-of-life scenarios. She will also provide insights into how to assess sustainability and conclude with examples as how to improve the properties of bio-based plastics to broaden the application window.
 

9:25 am (CET)

High-performance natural materials for plastic-free applications through enzymatic polymerization
Christian Lenges
Business Development BioMaterials
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Enzymatic polymerization is advancing as a new industrial process option to provide engineered polysaccharide materials with unique structural polymer properties and material morphology. The further development and commercialization of this bioprocess will allow access to a family of unique biomaterials that can be tailored to provide differentiated properties in numerous industrially important applications. Christian will reveal how this process is easily scalable, utilizing readily accessible, fungible, and yearly renewable feed-stocks.
 

9:50 am (CET)

Jellyfish-based biodegradable plastics and superabsorbent polymers
Professor Shachar Richter
Professor
Tel-Aviv University & JellyBand
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. Professor Richter will explain how his organization’s technology could enable 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.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

Adhesives and coatings for a circular economy in packaging and consumer goods
Dr. Dennis Bankmann
Global Business Development Manager Circular Economy
Henkel
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.
 

11:10 am (CET)

Small change, big impact on sustainability: PLAFCO, a new type of material
Jukka Valkama
CEO
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.
 

11:35 am (CET)

How fiber-based solutions will support the move to more sustainable food
Raphael Bardet
Head of Business Line, Food
Ahlstrom-Munksjo
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 reveal, 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.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Has the plastic-free packaging revolution been delayed or suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
George Kellie
Chairman
Kellie Solutions
Christian Lenges
Business Development BioMaterials
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Dermot Brady
CEO
AB Packaging
Paul Gilligan
Co-founder/Director
Magical Mushroom Co
Many countries around the world have delayed or backtracked on policies aimed at reducing plastic, while, as we have seen, PPE has been littering our oceans. So has coronavirus crippled the fight against plastic pollution? Or could it be the catalyst for a waste management revolution? At Plastic Free World Virtual Summit, you will find out how our collective response to the pandemic should serve as a ‘warm-up’ for our preparedness in averting an even bigger crisis – that is, the global climate emergency, the effects of which are already becoming all too familiar.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
 
Fostering a truly circular system for packaging
1:15 pm - 3:45 pm (CET)

1:15 pm (CET)

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. Plastic Free World Virtual Summit 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.

1:40 pm (CET)

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 that 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.

2:05 pm (CET)

Digimarc Barcode: creating a ‘digital recycling passport’ in plastics for intelligent sorting
Larry Logan
Chief Evangelist
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 180 leading brands, retailers, industry trade associations, plastics converters and waste management companies. Here, Larry 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 Digimarc Barcode may reduce manufacturers’ exposure to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) fees and achieve higher rankings in design-for-recycling guidelines.

2:30 pm (CET)

Best practice use of compostable packaging
Andy Sweetman
Sales & Marketing Manager
Futamura
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.

2:55 pm (CET)

Building demand for sustainable packaging
Nicole Rycroft
Founder and Executive Director
Canopy
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.

3:20 pm (CET)

Creating circular polymers
Lucy van Keulen
Commercial Director
Umincorp
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.
Materials to replace and outperform conventional plastics
3:45 pm - 6:15 pm (CET)

3:45 pm (CET)

Let’s talk trash: Earth-ready materials for single-use food packaging
David Nelson
Director of Biodegradable Platform
Eastman Chemical Company
Waste in the food-service industry is inevitable due to challenges with current waste management systems, recycling complexities, and accidental leakage into the environment, despite the best intentions of brands and consumers. Eastman is developing a new range of Earth-ready materials for single-use food-service and packaging that provides the same customer experience as conventional products while ensuring an array of responsible end-of-life solutions. Eastman’s new materials offer convenience for the consumer, safety for customers and the environment, and functionality without compromising on environmental impact. These materials are compostable and break down completely to water, carbon dioxide, and biomass in other end-of-life situations, leaving behind no microplastics. In addition to being responsible at the end of life, these materials are derived from renewable resources and can be made using recycled content available from Eastman’s new circular solutions portfolio.

4:10 pm (CET)

Sustainable business now: transforming business to deliver a cleaner ocean and the 2030 SDG ambitions
James Sulivan
Head, Global Sustainability Innovation Accelerator
SAP
SAP made a commitment with its customers to a dramatically cleaner ocean by 2030 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, alongside the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, and Global Plastic Action Partnership. Delegates can hear from James how digital technology can help transform business to deal with the ocean plastics crisis while delivering toward the 2030 SDG ambitions.

4:35 pm (CET)

A closed-loop fiber future: sustainable, circular supply chains
Renée Yardley
Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing
Sustana Group
Conversations around environmental issues are driving consumers to become increasingly aware of brands’ commitments they interact with. In fact, more than half of millennial consumers state that they check product labels for sustainability claims before buying a product. This is an opportunity for the packaging industry to help bridge the gap between businesses and customer demand while articulating its commitment to the environment and communities in which it operates. Packaging demand is expected to increase steadily over the next few years, reaching US$980 billion in 2022, but containers and packaging alone contribute nearly a quarter of the material reaching US landfills. As the recycled-content paper packaging industry grows and reacts to societal shifts, it’s more important than ever to look at the big picture and work toward circular economy and systemic change.

5:00 pm (CET)

Plastic packaging: end of the road or a new beginning?
Sandeep Kulkarni
Polymer Science & Sustainable Packaging
Kool Earth Solutions Inc
Plastic-based packaging (particularly single-use plastic packaging) is under tremendous scrutiny, and in the cross-hairs of environmental organizations and public alike, due to the rapidly escalating problem of plastic pollution and litter on land and in our oceans. While there is increasing pressure on CPG brands to eliminate plastics from their packaging, in some cases fueled by blanket bans, this can be quite difficult to achieve in practice. Plastic packaging is highly efficient in protecting freshness and quality of products (particularly foods) and a direct replacement of plastic with an alternative material (such as paper) can have a negative impact on the shelf life of the product, resulting in a greater negative GHG impact. Sandeep’s presentation will discuss technology and material innovations that aim to create more circular end-of-life for plastic packaging, so that it may be possible to ‘have your cake and eat it too’ when it comes to plastic packaging.

5:25 pm (CET)

Circular economy: the plastics industry’s next big bet
Paul Bjacek
Principal Director, Global Resources Research Lead
Accenture
Studies on circular economy effects on plastics have been addressed from a high level by many, especially regarding the use of recyclable and renewable materials. However, comprehensive solutions are needed for discarded durable plastics, like windmill blades, automobile parts and other applications. These solutions can also make valuable uses of other discarded organics waste. Layering on carbon dioxide emissions and water challenges, new complexities and opportunities arise. The refining and petrochemical industry is in a unique position to solve the circularity dilemma. This presentation will cover the impact of the circular economy on the demand for conventional plastics as well as the concept of Scale Circular Integration (SCI) and ways of defeating carbon dioxide challenges.

5:50 pm (CET)

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
About 55% of the 359 million tons of plastics manufactured worldwide (2018 figures) are carbon-carbon backbone polymers like polyethylene/s, polypropylene/s and polystyrene/s. These light-weight, recalcitrant, non-biodegradable plastics used in disposable packaging and single-use products are difficult to recover from waste streams. This is particularly true for packaging plastics associated with food and paper. These difficult-to-recover, recalcitrant plastics fragment and leak into the oceans (ocean microplastics pollution) and on land. Replacing the current carbon-carbon backbone polymer plastics (like polyethylene and polypropylene) used in disposable packaging and single-use products with new compostable, and fully biodegradable polymer materials offers responsible end-of-life option for recovering and managing plastics waste in harmony with the circular economy model of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Composting defines the boundary conditions under which complete biodegradation (microbial utilization) of plastics takes place and validated using ASTM/ISO International Standards. Unfortunately, there is much misunderstanding and misleading product claims about biodegradability and compostability in the marketplace. Biobased plastics in which fossil carbon is replaced in part or completely by bio carbon offers the value proposition of a reduced carbon footprint, enhanced rural agrarian economies and contributes to food security.
Networking Session - Networking Session
6:15 pm - 6:45 pm (CET)
 
Embracing circularity for packaging
6:45 pm - 8:25 pm (CET)

6:45 pm (CET)

Facts first: latest figures on plastic packaging recyclability in the USA
Jan Dell
Independent Engineer
The Last Beach Cleanup
An accurate understanding of the recyclability of food and beverage plastic packaging in the USA is critical to planning and investing in new materials and programs. Since China enacted policies limiting plastic waste imports, there have been significant changes in plastics acceptance policies of material recovery facilities due to declines in the demand for and value of collected plastic material. Jan’s presentation will provide an overview of latest US data on plastic packaging waste generation, collection, sortation and reprocessing in the USA, as well as outline trends in collected material prices, new plastic production and the economic competitiveness of recycled plastic.

7:10 pm (CET)

design2recycle: magnetizable inks for enhanced recycling
Ravish Majithia
CEO & Founder
Magnomer
Magnomer introduces magnetizable inks: a design2recycle tool which bridges the gap between manufacturability and recyclability. The company’s food-safe inks are designed to be printed on packaging such as bottle labels or multi-layer packaging in any color or as transparent coats. The inks impart magnetization to packaging to result in plastics being sorted efficiently during recycling, using magnets. This is achieved without consumer brands and manufacturers having to overhaul their supply chain and manufacturing process respectively. Equally important, Magnomer’s inks complement current magnetic separators in recycling processes to deliver high levels of material separation and therefore impart recyclability.

7:35 pm (CET)

Every bottle back
William Horner
Founder & President
Single Use Solutions
The most sensible approach to reducing petroleum-based single-use plastic is to start by making the switch to plant-based water bottles. Sounds easy enough, but why hasn’t it already been done? William will examine some options that are available to us ... right now!

8:00 pm (CET)

Thin-film recycled packaging as a tool for plastic neutrality
Rodrigo Tona
Chief Executive Officer
Termoencogibles S.A de C.C
Termoencogibles is known for creating packaging from packaging. Its contribution to rid the world of plastic waste comes in the form of ensuring that the intrinsic value of thin-film plastics doesn’t get lost to landfill or, even worse, the environment as rubbish. The company has been working for the past decade with small collectors, who provide plastic films to its recycling plant. These allow it to incorporate recycled resins into more complex appliances that brand owners are now using with an added environmental value that doesn’t compromise the expected performance and functionality or packaging. If brand owners were to adopt more thin-film recycled plastic, the company believes plastic neutrality could be achieved soon, as demand of recovered thin-film plastic increases.
Networking Session - Networking Session
8:25 pm - 9:00 pm (CET)
 

Food & Beverage

Day1: November 9, 2020

Keynote Session
10:45 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

10:45 am (CET)

A world without plastic waste: building a circular future
Archana Jagannathan
Snr Director Sustainable Plastics
PepsiCo
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.
 

11:10 am (CET)

The natural solution
Patrick Verhelst
Chief Marketing Officer
Elopak
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.
 

11:35 am (CET)

Building-block approach toward sustainable packaging
Annika Sundell
Executive Vice President Innovations and Business Development
Walki Group
Consumers’ increased demand for sustainable packaging puts pressure on the packaging industry to reshape. There are many factors to be considered, such as why fiber-based packaging is a good alternative for brands to respond to consumers’ increased demand for sustainable packaging and how a building-block approach can facilitate the transition toward sustainable packaging.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: The packaging showdown: debating the sustainable options for food and beverage
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
PETCORE Europe
Marcel Arsand
Head of Sustainability for Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA
Ball Beverage Packaging Europe
Dirk Wens
President
Belgian BioPackaging Association (BBP)
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.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
 
Technological and strategic roadmaps to a circular economy
1:15 pm - 4:35 pm

1:15 pm (CET)

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 plastic 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.

1:40 pm (CET)

Replacing plastics in food packaging: key trends and overcoming typical obstacles
Hannu Kasurinen
EVP, Head of Packaging Materials Division
Storaenso
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 Hannu, renewable materials contribute to a circular bioeconomy, with a lower carbon footprint and less use of fossil-based materials.

2:05 pm (CET)

Stop waste, save food: the environmental benefits of packaging
Joachim Kircher
Senior Consultant
Denkstatt GmbH
The presentation will describe the learnings and key outcomes of a publicly funded project called ‘Stop Waste Save Food’. The project focused on the entire value chain, comparing different packaging options for different products taking food waste into account. This included dairy, meat and vegetable products and packaging options ranging from carton, PET, HDPE & PS to biodegradable packaging. The effect of different packaging (free) solutions was evaluated in a laboratory and a consumer simulation setting. LCA was used to determine the environmental impact of different packaging options and compare them to the benefit of avoided food waste.

2:30 pm (CET)

The next step in plastic-free retail
Steven IJzerman
Quality Manager
Udea
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.

2:55 pm (CET)

End-of-life opportunities for plant-based and food-service disposables
Lucy Frankel
Environmental and Communications Director
Vegware
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.

3:20 pm (CET)

Turning the tide on the plastic waste crisis with new technologies
Tamara Thomas
Sustainability Consultant
Presentation description to be announced

3:45 pm (CET)

How to prioritize plastic-reduction measures
Henry le Fleming
Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change
Sustainability Analytics
There is data on plastics going into the ocean, with improving estimates of totals. It is, however, very difficult to understand exactly which products contribute most, and therefore which projects to deliver to reduce plastic in the ocean. Henry will use some examples from his work to show how this can be done and what measures brands should be working to tackle the marine plastic problem. With such limited data on the problem, there are no straightforward choices to be made. There is often a trade-off between the measures that would have most impact on ocean plastics versus those that will resonate with customers, as well as the other potential environmental impacts from shifting away from plastics.

4:10 pm (CET)

Applying ecodesign principles to plastics
Ioana Popescu
Programme Manager
ECOS
80% of a product’s environmental impact is determined at the design stage. The need to rethink our approach towards plastics is a necessity in order to effectively address current and future issues linked with plastic pollution. Ioana’s presentation will explore how plastic pollution is not just a waste management issue, but how narratives and considerations need to take a more holistic approach. Current myths and assumptions with regards to plastics packaging will be challenged based on ECOS experience working on industry standards and policies in the field and will serve as a basis for a set of recommendations towards embracing an ecodesign approach for plastics.
Networking Session - Networking Session
4:35 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)
 

Day2: November 10, 2020

Materials in a circular world
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

9:00 am (CET)

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.
 

9:25 am (CET)

Sustainable, beautiful, functional: replacing conventional plastics with materials designed like nature
Ami Rubinstein
Deputy CEO
Sulapac
Brands are well aware of the plastic challenge and often willing to adopt more sustainable alternatives. Yet few are ready to compromise on production effectiveness, product features or premium image. Sulapac helps brands and converters worldwide to replace conventional plastic with a truly sustainable alternative that is also functional and beautiful. The most sophisticated design and astounding beauty is found in nature, and that’s where Sulapac’s innovation is rooted.
 

9:50 am (CET)

Sol-Gel solution for plastic challenges
Fanya Ismail
CEO
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, this exciting development is currently in the process of obtaining certification for food contact in Europe and the USA.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

Infinitely recyclable drink cans in a true circular economy
Marcel Arsand
Head of Sustainability for Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA
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.
 

11:10 am (CET)

An upgrade of plastic-free packaging board
Markku Hamalainen
CEO
Kotkamills Oy
The discussion about plastic waste 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.
 

11:35 am (CET)

Making food packaging ready for the circular economy
Richard Ali
Vice President Public Affairs
Huhtamaki
Plastic plays an important role in traditional food packaging, and it will also be required in any 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. Richard’s presentation will discuss the journey for making food packaging and its manufacturing ready for the circular economy.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Implementing circular materials, what can be done today?
Tamara Thomas
Sustainability Consultant
Al Overton
Buying Director
Planet Organic
Lucienne Damm
Senior Environmental Manager
TUI Cruises
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
 
The multi-faceted tools in the circular economy box
1:15 pm - 4:30 pm

1:15 pm (CET)

Legislating for the future: the UK perspective
Robbie Staniforth
Head of Policy
Ecosurety
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 the governance system due to change in the next few years, he will present some highlights from the upgrades being suggested.

1:40 pm (CET)

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
GIZ
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 and Nicole’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.

2:05 pm (CET)

Verifying plastic reduction through responsible plastic management standards and certification
Dave Garforth
Program Director
The Responsible Plastic Management Program
Organizations are under pressure from customers and society to demonstrate integrity with regard to plastic use and its management. Businesses in the F&B sector can now take significant verifiable steps to manage plastic use and plastic waste and its impact on the environment via the Responsible Plastic Management (RPM) Program. Dave’s presentation offers an overview and insight into the world’s first ‘plastic specific’ management systems standard and how it can help drive sustainability improvements through improved plastic use and management in the food sector. This new global not-for-for profit initiative has been founded by experts in sustainability and certification. It has activity and uptake in the EU, UK, USA and Canada and will help organizations drive real change through a framework and systems approach for management and improvement. Verification is through third-party certification.

2:30 pm (CET)

Plastic-free and recyclable packaging materials: in line with a circular economy
Anne Uusitalo
Product Safety and Sustainability Director
MetsaBoard
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.

2:55 pm (CET)

ValueBin: consume responsibly
Giovanni Fantoni Modena
Co-founder
Valuebin
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.

3:20 pm (CET)

Chemical recycling of PET: evolution or revolution?
Maurizio Crippa
CEO
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.

3:45 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Out of the frying pan into the fire: how to avoid disastrous paper packaging decisions
Valerie Langer
Fibre Solutions Strategist
CanopyPlanet
Florence Miremadi-Nafici
Co-founder
Nafici Environmental Research (NER)
Mark Fournier
Director of Packaging Sales
Norpac
Qinghua Liu
Executive Director
Nafici (Linqing China) Bio-technology Co
Xie Tai Bo
Chairman
Guangdong Shaoneng Group Luzhou Technology Development Co., Ltd.
As companies look to eliminate plastics from their supply chain they have to avoid jumping from the plastic ‘frying pan’ into the forest ‘fire’. This panel, hosted by environmental non-profit CanopyPlanet, will provide a window into balancing corporate competitive advantage, risk and the pre-competitive space to accelerate options for packaging that don’t destroy forests. This discussion between CanopyPlanet, a major retail brand, a technology innovator and a paper packaging producer will unearth how companies on both the market and production side of the supply chain are hurdling the challenges and what is exciting them about this unfolding trend.
Networking Session -
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)
 

Fashion & Textiles

Day1: November 9, 2020

Keynote Session
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

9:00 am (CET)

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.
 

9:25 am (CET)

The H&M group material innovation Eco-system
Martin Ekenbark
Project Manager - Circular Innovation LAB
H&M Group
In order to reach its 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 Laboratory 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.
 

9:50 am (CET)

Enabling true circularity for packaging in the fashion industry
Kathleen Rademan
Director Innovation Platform
Fashion for Good
Presentation synopsis to be announced
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

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 toward 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.
 

11:10 am (CET)

Biodegradability: enabler or enemy within circularity?
Sophie Mather
Material Futurist
Biov8tion
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 presentation, 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.
 

11:35 am (CET)

Technologies to enable a circular economy for textiles
Dr. Ashley Holding
Principal Consultant and Scientist
Circular Material Solutions Ltd
Circular Material Solutions is a consultancy that operates at the intersection of sustainability, innovation, and science. In this presentation, Ashley will explore the upcoming categories of technologies in development that will enable a circular economy for textiles, allowing the layperson to understand what is really happening in this space – and what we can do better.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating the right framework for a circular fashion and textiles economy
Arthur ten Wolde
Executive Director
Ecopreneur.eu
Mauro Scalia
Director Sustainable Businesses
The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)
Jolijn Creutzberg
Founder
Vanhulley
Enrico Rima
CEO
Lebenskleidung
Martin Ekenbark
Project Manager - Circular Innovation LAB
H&M Group
Waste and pollution from the production of textiles and clothing have become critical global issues. With only 1% of fibers being recycled, the current ‘linear’ model is outdated and unsustainable. The industry needs to be transformed. This requires a new framework that creates a level playing field for circular and sustainable business models used by SMEs and large companies, such as circular design, re-use, rental models and recycling. Given the textiles strategy in the new European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan, this panel will discuss which government policy measures are needed to accomplish this, including economic incentives, innovation policies, regulation, new trade policies and voluntary actions.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
 
Designing circularity into the fashion and textiles sector
1:15 pm - 4:50 pm (CET)

1:15 pm (CET)

A race to the top in preferred materials
Liesl Truscott
Director - Europe and Materials Strategy
Textile Exchange
We need to accelerate action to improve materials sourcing and practices. Textile Exchange’s Material Change Index measures companies progress in sourcing more sustainable materials, and work towards a regenerative and circular industry. With companies committing to the use of preferred renewable and recycled materials, will this make a dent in conventional production – and more importantly translate to improved climate, biodiveristy and livelihood impacts? Textile Exchange’s Climate + strategy commits to a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from the use of materials and has been welcomed by its members. Never have we had such an inclusive framework to work toward but never has the need to unite and transform business been so urgent.

1:40 pm (CET)

Small choice, big impact: sustainable RFID for fashion retail
Andreas Walsner
Sales Manager
Stora Enso Intelligent Packaging
RFID has increasingly replaced bar codes in fashion retail due to its many benefits such as fast and accurate inventory control throughout the supply chain. However, traditional RFID tags are made from plastic and with millions of RFID tags used every year, this plastic needlessly adds to the burden already placed on the environment. During this presentation, Andreas will introduce the 100% plastic-free ECO RFID Tag Technology from Stora Enso and share how this game-changing technology enables fashion retailers to gain all the benefits of RFID technology in an environmentally conscious way.

2:05 pm (CET)

circularity.ID Open Data Standard: leveraging technology with a data-driven infrastructure for circularity in fashion
Ina Budde
Founder
circular.fashion
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.

2:30 pm (CET)

Circular fashion: couture dresses from ocean plastic
Sabine Feuerer
CEO
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.

2:55 pm (CET)

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.

3:20 pm (CET)

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.

3:45 pm (CET)

Sustainable textiles: a challenge for research, industry and society
Sascha Schriever
Head of Chemical Technologies for Textile and Fibre Innovations
ITA Technologietransfer GmbH - ITA Institute of RWTH Aachen
Making the textile industry more sustainable in an ecological sense is not a task that can be solved by individual stakeholders along the textile value chain. Solutions can only be developed and implemented jointly through cooperation between industry, science, and society. In this presentation Sascha and Thomas will present the relevance of the textile industry as an economic sector. Furthermore, we will examine the current economic situation within the textile industry and point out which hurdles we have to overcome in order to develop an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable textile industry. By means of different projects, they will present solutions to overcome these hurdles.

4:10 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Microfibers – elevating topic understanding through the use of a standard test method
Sophie Mather
Managing Director
The Microfiber Consortium
Kilian P. Hochrein
Product Stewardship, Fabrics Divison
W.L.Gore & Associates
Rebecca Johansson
Sustainability and R&D Manager
Helly Hansen
Monique Maissan
CEO and founder
Waste2wear
Dr. Mark Taylor
Research Fellow
University of Leeds
In 2016, the disparity of research understanding on the topic of microfiber 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.
Keynote Session
4:40 pm - 6:45 pm (CET)

4:40 pm (CET)

Sustainable textiles to eliminate single-use plastic and create sustainable clothing
Eric Vogel
CMO
NAECO
Zak Johnson
Founder
NAECO® and REBORN
In this presentation, Zak and Eric will discuss the ways that brands of the future can utilize sustainable textiles to eliminate single-use plastic and create sustainable clothing that tells a story to your employees and consumers. As an avid kite surfer and scuba diver, Zak spent a huge amount of time in the ocean and over the years, he saw more and more plastic floating on the surface and the enormous impact that it has on wildlife and the environment. Zak knew he had to do something to fix this. Since 2014, NAECO has developed unique eco textiles and processes for both the fashion industry and the corporate clothing and uniform sector to help brands such as The Hilton, The Jockey Club, Magners, Moët Hennessy and others.

5:05 pm (CET)

Reducing our environmental impact through textile innovation
Giulio Bonazzi
President & CEO
Aquafil
With the steady rise of production, consumption and disposal, we have a responsibility and opportunity to manage and reduce our environmental impact through textile innovation. By completely rethinking systems, we can recover waste from various sources on our planet, and reprocess it into new materials of greater value that have the potential to be regenerated again and again, without losing quality – effectively achieving a circular economy. This presentation will explore how letting go of the status quo and rethinking systems can enable us to innovate without restriction, and what the future holds for the textile industry.

5:30 pm (CET)

Using nature’s functionality to replace synthetic fabrics
Pilar Tejada Lopez
Head of Brand & Communication
PYRATES smart fabrics
Early humans created clothing to protect themselves from harmful external elements. Those elements have changed, but our clothing has not. Functionality has been common in sportswear brands for a few years already, but synthetic materials remain the norm. PYRATES was born with the mission to advance textiles through a natural alternative, a mission to replace functional yet synthetic fabrics, with natural ones. Delegates can find out more about how PYRATES is achieving natural functionality, in doing so reducing the use of plastics in the fashion industry.

5:55 pm (CET)

Innovation for a post-plastic future materials landscape
Amanda Johnston
Curator & Education Consultant
Sustainable Angle
Charlotte McCurdy
Founder
Charlotte McCurdy Research
Join The Sustainable Angle, organizer of The Future Fabrics Expo, the largest dedicated sustainable materials showcase for an exploration of what a post-plastic future materials landscape may hold. Curator Amanda Johnston will be in conversation with award-winning visionary creative, Charlotte McCurdy to discuss climate change and the development of her CO2 sequestering algae biopolymer, which featured in the innovations hub at the 9th Future Fabrics Expo. Charlotte’s interdisciplinary practice explores how it is possible for the fashion industry to go from an addiction to toxic fossil fuel-based materials that contribute vast amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere, to materials from Regenerative Aquaculture systems that can actually sequester it.
Networking Session - Networking Session
6:25 pm - 6:55 pm (CET)
 
Designing circularity into apparel
6:55 pm - 9:00 pm (CET)

6:55 pm (CET)

Designing circularity into apparel
Alice Beyer Schuch
Circular Fashion Change Agent
CIRKLA MODO
With new circular business models becoming more and more relevant, we do have to consider a different and broader way of making fashion, with a special focus on the designer role. In this presentation, five different circular design strategies will be introduced by Alice, showing a variety of levels of application and the power of each strategy for businesses and a world free of waste.

7:20 pm (CET)

Same quality, same price, sustainable and available now
Dr Vivek Tandon
Founder & CEO
perPETual Technologies
The technology to convert used plastic PET bottles and unwanted polyester clothing back into (poly)ester has existed for several years. Consumers have the choice of buying 100% polyester filament yarns at the same quality and same price as that of conventional filament yarns derived from petrochemicals. With the continued cooperation within our industry, we can all reduce our dependence on oil and limit our long-term carbon footprint by making simple choices.

7:45 pm (CET)

Leviticus 19:19: virtuous and vicious blends, contaminants and EPR
Michiel Scheffer
Program Manager Textile and Sustainability
Wageningen University & Research
In various places, even the Bible prohibits the blending of animal fibers (wool) and vegetal fibers (linen) in one yarn. This is partly justified by the physical properties of both fibers that do not match (although they are nice to look at). Fiber blending is now prevalent in the design of textiles, also creating issues with regard to recycling. Blends can be virtuous, achieving better properties, increasing longevity; they can be vicious, by lowering price and shortening longevity. Blends present challenges for mechanical and chemical recycling. As the European Union is considering an extended producer responsibility scheme (with possible levies), Michiel’s presentation will examine scenarios to address blending but also contaminants (e.g. elastane and PFAS) in textiles.

8:10 pm (CET)

A systems-thinking approach to circularity
Lauren Hill
Co Founder
Population
Catherine Tedrow
Co Founder
Population
Systems thinking is a powerful tool to better understand the variables, interconnections and influences in complex systems. While all wicked problems benefit from this lens, circularity inherently requires it: an entire system has to evolve and function in order for us to truly close the loop. In this presentation, Lauren and Catherine will introduce delegates to their work mapping the circular apparel and textiles system, and the framework they created in order to make this complex system more accessible for brands. The audience will come away from this presentation with a deeper sense of the complex circular system, and concrete ideas on how to influence it.

8:35 pm (CET)

The end of inventory
Lawrence Lenihan
Chairman and Co-Founder
Resonance Companies
A key step in an impactful sustainability strategy must be to reduce production and stop discarding unwanted inventory. More than 30 billion garments produced every year are never sold, ending up in a landfill or an incinerator. An additional 30-40% are so deeply discounted that they cease to have any real value to the customer and, on average, end up in the trash in less than seven wears. This presentation will discuss the environmental and financial impact of overproduction, and a solution for the fashion industry – Resonance’s create.ONE platform, a proprietary software platform that enables designers to design, sell, and make (in that order) one garment to-demand as efficiently at 1,000.
Networking Session - Networking Session
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm (CET)
 

Day2: November 10, 2020

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

9:00 am (CET)

Finishing and coating with bio-based fibers and polymers: experiences and new developments
Dr Thomas Stegmaier
Department head and deputy head of the institute
Centre of Excellence Technical Textiles Denkendorf (DITF)
Presentation synopsis to be announced
 

9:25 am (CET)

Spinnova: developing the most sustainable – and circular – textile fiber in the world
Lotta Kopra
CCO
Spinnova
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.
 

9:50 am (CET)

Jellyfish leather and 3D self-shaping textiles: the future of manufacturing?
Bas Froon
Co-Founder
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.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

The end of ‘sustainability’: beyond zero impact
Linus Mueller
IP/R&D Coordinator
Circular Systems
Sustainability has become a polluted term. Due to endless overuse, it no longer conveys a clear message nor does it provide a goal for individuals and entities to strive toward. Circular Systems is pushing for a new status quo; create solutions with a net positive impact and which ultimately contribute to the regeneration of our earth. An analysis of the broken textile system by Circular Systems resulted in three distinct yet intimately related solutions: the three platforms called ‘Agraloop’, ‘Texloop’ and ‘Orbital’. Together, these solutions address some of the greatest challenges for transitioning toward a circular and regenerative system. In this presentation from Linus, these solutions will be briefly introduced and their potential explored. Although, as you will find out, the systems thinking that catalyzed the creation of this solution ultimately also dictates that Circular Systems can never be ‘the’ solution, only ever ‘part of’ the solution. Old and new players have to accelerate and realize actual cooperation to create the change required to restore the damage that has, is and will be inflicted on the earth.n
 

11:10 am (CET)

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.
 

11:35 am (CET)

The future of fashion is regenerative
Felipe Villela
CEO & Co-Founder
reNature
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 not 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.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Textile-to-textile chemical recycling/circular rPET in the fashion industry
Kathleen Rademan
Director Innovation Platform
Fashion for Good
Cyndi Rhoades
Founder
Worn Again Technologies
Christopher Stanev
Co-Founder & President
Evrnu SPC
Luke Henning
CFO
Tyton Biosciences
For the circular economy to fix fashion’s waste problem will be a mammoth task. Currently, around a quarter of textiles collected have the potential to be recycled into new textiles but are not, which equates to something in the region of 480,000 tons of clothing every year. Capturing value from the resources in that clothing will increasingly require some assistance from the world of chemistry. Join this fascinating panel discussion at Plastic Free World and find out the latest innovative and scalable chemical recycling solutions to get those raw materials back and close the loop on textiles – yet another groundbreaking step in circular thinking.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
 
Transitioning toward and scaling circularity
1:15 pm - 3:45 pm (CET)

1:15 pm (CET)

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 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.

1:40 pm (CET)

The future of fashion is here
Ruth Farrell
Global Marketing Director, Textiles
Eastman
We’re all aware of the environmental impacts of the fashion industry, and we’re all searching for a new story. Eastman is bringing that new story to life by re-imagining fibers entirely. The company started with sustainably harvested wood pulp, which it is now blending with waste plastics from carpet. Soon, Eastman will be blending that sustainably harvested wood pulp with textile waste – and, ultimately, it will harvest fibers entirely from textile waste. That means the industry’s waste problem will no longer be a problem. It will be an infinite resource – which as Ruth will detail can be used to clothe 10 billion people. Thus, from problems come solutions – and from endings come beginnings. That’s the future that Eastman sees, and it’s beginning now. Join Ruth as she shares the journey roadmap, the technology and the systems Eastman is deploying to create the future of fashion.

2:05 pm (CET)

How we made circular fashion a reality
Patrik Lundström
CEO
Renewcell
Fashion has long been about growing more cotton and pumping more oil to make ever more clothes. We have come to treat our clothes as disposable items, with less than 1% of them being recycled into new garments. Meanwhile, the global middle class will add 1.7 billion people eager to express themselves through fashion until 2030. The situation is not sustainable and we need a solution. This year, together with H&M and Levi’s, Renewcell showed that high-quality circular fashion at scale is one such solution. In this presentation, Patrik will describe how its 100% recycled and biodegradable Circulose material became part of pristine new fashion sold to regular retail consumers globally for the first time ever. Without sacrificing style, comfort or scale for sustainability, these collaborations point the way to a future where we take care of the materials we once harvested from the earth.

2:30 pm (CET)

Lenzing’s REFIBRA technology: virgin-quality cellulose recycling
Dr. Christian Weilach
Global R&D
Lenzing
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 loop 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.

2:55 pm (CET)

The future fashion system of a circular economy
Hanna de la Motte
Research Manager
Mistra Future Fashion
Mistra Future Fashion research discovered that the production of garments has the largest environmental impact from a life-cycle perspective in terms of climate change, toxic pollutants and contribution to water scarcity. Reducing the impact of the production line will be of the outmost importance, by reducing both the number of items produced and the environmental impact of each item produced. In parallel, it will be crucial to develop recycling infrastructure and technologies. The cross-disciplinary research of Mistra Future Fashion identified game-changers important to monitor: four key areas that provide the greatest potential to achieve an environmentally sustainable textile and fashion industry – the future fashion system of a circular economy.

3:20 pm (CET)

Co-creating circular loops
Wilma Kleefsmann
Global Strategy Director
Waste2wear
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 Wilma for her presentation to find out how you can collaborate and explore all possibilities?
Innovative materials in the future of fashion
3:45 pm - 5:55 pm (CET)

3:45 pm (CET)

Natural Fiber Welding: disrupting plastics with plants
Dr. Luke M. Haverhals
Founder & CEO
Natural Fiber Welding, Inc
Natural Fiber Welding, Inc (NFW) is a technology company focused on enabling the circular economy through disruptive new chemistries and manufacturing techniques. NFW’s mission is to reduce global over-dependence on non-biodegradable synthetics and eliminate plastic pollution by scaling biodegradable, plant-based alternatives for textiles, packaging, automotive applications and beyond. NFW is accomplishing its mission by bringing to market high-performance, environmentally friendly products in partnership with iconic, global brands spanning fashion, footwear and automotive partners. Dr Haverhals will share examples of how NFW is creating a world where people live better by using plants, not plastic.

4:10 pm (CET)

Lab made leather, redesigning our oldest material
Michalyn Andrews
Chief Executive Officer
Provenance Bio
Hear Michalyn discuss the next generation of leather and how harnessing biological building blocks in creating sustainable, high-quality materials will open up a new era in design.

4:35 pm (CET)

DESSERTO Cactus is green, so is the future
Adrián López Velarde
Vice President
DESSERTO
Marte Arturo Cázarez Duarte
President
DESSERTO
Desserto is a highly sustainable plant-based vegan leather made from cactus. Often distinguished by its great softness at touch, not only does it handle really well but the level of break in the material is excellent, the substance is correct and it also has a degree of roundness and spring that you would normally only find in leather where the collagen acts in this way. Desserto, the world’s first cactus vegan leather, is highly sustainable along its production value-chain and has the technical specifications required by the industry.

5:00 pm (CET)

Scaling-up AirCarbon biomaterial as a natural replacement for plastic and leather
Mark Herrema
CEO
Newlight Technologies
Mark will discuss the journey to develop AirCarbon, a natural biomaterial made by life from the ocean that can be used to replace plastic and leather. Presenting from the boat that discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Herrema outlines Newlight’s views on ways to advance the mission of fighting plastic pollution and climate change through the use of regenerative materials. He also introduces two new AirCarbon-based brands in the foodware and fashion spaces, designed to help create climate-positive products that help improve the environment.

5:25 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: The need for speed
Karla Magruder
CEO
Accelerating Circularity
Tricia Carey
Director Global Business Development - Denim at Lenzing Fibers
Lenzing Group
Chad Bolick
VP Brand sales
Unifi
Steven Usdan
Co-Founder
Giotex
Every year, the USA creates around 17 million tons of textile waste, which isn’t sustainable even when using sustainable materials and manufacturing processes. Join this panel to learn how circularity can be accelerated through brand demand, scalable recycling technologies and the knowledge of how to collect, sort and convert feed-stocks for recycling technology use. There’s no doubt we have a need for speed in transitioning to a circular supply chain.
Networking Session - Networking Session
5:55 pm - 6:25 pm (CET)
 
Implementing a circular economy for fashion and textiles
6:25 pm - 8:30 pm (CET)

6:25 pm (CET)

Scaling upcycling in fashion: making ‘used’ a part of the landscape of new manufacturing
Steven Bethell
President & Partner
Bank & Vogue
Bank & Vogue operates one of the world’s largest commercial upcycling facilities and has successfully launched upcycled collections with numerous global fashion and accessory brands. In this presentation, Steven will dive into multi-sector case studies and learn how upcycling can be a viable and scalable part of your production strategy.

6:50 pm (CET)

Spinnova: developing the most sustainable – and circular – textile fiber in the world
Lotta Kopra
CCO
Spinnova
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.

7:15 pm (CET)

Recycle food waste into sustainable fibers into apparel and packaging
Robert Lou
CEO
MI TERRO
How to turn spoiled milk waste into fibers that can replace petroleum materials? Mi Terro developed a cutting-edge technology that replaces plastic and polyester with spoiled milk waste.

7:40 pm (CET)

Implementing circular textiles through re-use and recycling
Traci Kinden
Founder
REvolve Waste
More post-consumer textiles are thrown away than recycled, completing the linear journey of textile resources in the waste stream. In the call for a transition to a circular textile industry, it’s clear the final, linear waste leak (as well as the larger system) needs to be addressed, which is something much easier said than done. This presentation highlights a key economic challenge in increasing the amount of post-consumer textiles collected for re-use and recycling using the current second-hand infrastructure and business model. It provides a high-level overview of an interconnected circular textile system in this context, and illustrates the need for a re-think of business relationships to drive real and lasting transformation.

8:05 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Right from the start
Tricia Carey
Director Global Business Development - Denim at Lenzing Fibers
Lenzing Group
Jordan Nodarse
Creative Director
Boyish Jeans
Ebru Ozaydin
Sr VP Sales and Marketing
Artistic Milliners
Jaclyn Allen
Director Corporate Sustainability
Guess
From the very inception of designing a product the use of responsible raw materials is crucial. How do you develop a raw materials strategy? What level of transparency is required? How can working with renewable materials lower environmental impacts through to end of use? Join this panel of experts ranging from design to marketing to sustainability to learn some best case scenarios.
Networking Session - Networking Session
8:35 pm - 9:00 pm (CET)
 

Bio-based materials for manufacturing industries

Day1: November 9, 2020

Keynote Session
9:00 am - 12:00 pm (CET)

9:00 am (CET)

We are looking at the woods but cannot see the trees
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.
 

9:25 am (CET)

Financing innovative plastic recycling and bioplastics plants: bankability considerations
Marc Borghans
Director – Head of Sustainable Structured Finance
ING Wholesale Banking
Innovative plastic recycling and bioplastics plants require substantial capital expenditures, often implying a major financing challenge. The associated risks with marketing the new products produced, the application of new technologies, and the dependency on feed-stock availability are difficult for banks to absorb. How can these risks be mitigated? To what extent can companies and joint venture partners who invest in new plants benefit from project finance structures? Marc is actively involved in financing such projects and will share his insights.
 

9:50 am (CET)

Promoting bio-based materials in the automotive industry
Birgit Klockenhoff
Project Engineer Advanced Materials,
Daimler
Sophie Tuviahu
VP Business Development and Sales
UBQ Materials
The search for alternative materials with positive impact on the environment is universal. Often the sustainable solutions fall short from delivering a functional and competitive option. This presentation will reveal the story behind the successful new partnership between Mercedes Benz Group Research and UBQ Materials, the innovative advanced waste conversion start-up. Boldly challenging the automotive conventions, they proved that replacing plastics with bio-based UBQ materials in auto parts is a viable alternative. While promoting the use of bio-based circular materials as alternative to plastics, Mercedes Benz and UBQ might be rewriting the rules for the future of sustainable automotive parts.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

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.
 

11:10 am (CET)

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

11:35 am (CET)

Green deal: circular bio-based economy and the role of bioplastics
Joanna Dupont Inglis
Head of EU Affairs
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.
 
Networking Session -
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
 
Designing & manufacturing with Bio-based materials & feed-stocks
1:15 pm - 4:50 pm (CET)

1:15 am (CET)

SEALIVE (Strategies of circular Economy and Advanced bio-based solutions to keep our Lands and seas alIVE from plastics contamination)
Miriam Gallur
Materials and Packaging Area Manager at ITENE
ITENE
Decoupling plastic production from fossil feed-stock and creating a circular plastics economy are essential to achieving European Union climate, energy and sustainability goals. Approximately 12 million tons of plastic waste ends up in our oceans and contaminates our land every year. While there has been a recent shift toward the use of bio-based plastics, these materials have limitations and are not easy to recycle using current technologies. SEALIVE will address all these challenges with a vision to to reduce plastic waste and contamination on land and in seas by boosting the use of biomaterials and contributing to the circular economy with cohesive bio-plastic strategies.

1:40 pm (CET)

Agro-food waste valorization in circular economy for obtaining functional sustainable materials: opportunities and challenges
Prof María Carmen Garrigós
Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition & Food Sciences
University of Alicante
Biomass waste is currently generated in significant quantities worldwide being considered an unavoidable source of potential resources. This waste is normally incinerated or dumped, and only few uses, such as landfilling or composting, are usually considered. Advanced valorization alternatives should be developed to maximize the added value derived from such an important waste source. Agrowastes contain biomolecules with interesting functional properties (antioxidants, antimicrobials, colourants, fragrances, fatty acids, cellulose, lignin, polysaccharides). These molecules combined with the use of biopolymers could be potentially applied for the development of innovative added-value functional materials in different sectors such as food, packaging, automotive, building, cosmetics, and nutraceuticals. This circular economy approach presents environmental and economic opportunities as well as challenges. European projects such as FUNGUSCHAIN, BARBARA and ECOFUNCO are successful examples of validated functional materials derived from agro-food waste valorization.

2:05 pm (CET)

Environmental fate of plastics: understanding some of the challenges
Sam Deconinck
Deputy Lab Manager
OWS nv
The environmental fate of plastics is ‘hot’ and is on the agenda of many companies, associations and certainly also legislators. Yet, to be able to regulate this, we also need to understand this, and be able to measure this. Sam’s presentation will discuss some of the challenges the industry faces, such as the (in)correct us of terminology (biodegradation, fragmentation, etc) and how (not) to communicate on this. When doing so, information will also be shared on testing in soil, fresh water and marine water, allowing delegates to get acquainted with how biodegradability is being measured.

2:30 pm (CET)

How do we make bioplastics sexy?
Damir Perkic
CEO
BE O
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?

2:55 pm (CET)

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.

3:20 pm (CET)

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.

3:45 pm (CET)

How DSM Additive Manufacturing is driving sustainability through sustainable materials: Driving sustainability through materials: 3D printed circular footbridges showcase why commercial viability is key
Waleed Nasir
Market Development Manager - Sustainability
DSM
Bart-Jan van der Gaag
Digital Engineer
Royal HaskoningDHV
With circularity quickly moving from a nice-to-have to a qualifier in various industries, DSM Additive Manufacturing is driving its sustainability agenda in the 3D printing market using an application-focused, partnership-focused approach. In collaboration with Royal HaskoningDHV, the company is on its way to 3D print a freestanding FRP footbridge in the City of Rotterdam. As Waleed and Bart-Jan will reveal, this project is a great depiction of a sustainability journey where commercial viability is a key means to ensure meaningful impact. Enabling us to do well by doing good.

4:10 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Scaling production of bio-based feed-stocks
Vincent Doumeizel
Director Food Programme, LR Foundation & Senior Advisor United Nations Global Compact
Lloyds Register Foundation & United Nations
Insiya Jafferjee
CEO
The Shellworks
Viirj Kan
CEO
Primitives Biodesign
Panel description and final panellists to be announced
Keynote Session
4:40 pm - 6:00 pm (CET)

4:40 pm (CET)

Markets of bio-based polymers and the Renewable Carbon Initiative
Michael Carus
Founder and managing director
nova-Institute
Michael will reveal the latest market information relating to capacities and production volume of bio-based polymers in 2019 and an outlook to 2024. The growth is forecasted at 3-4% per year, although the latest announcement shows even growth up to 10% per year. For the first time ever, there is a real and growing demand for non-fossil material solutions. This is a driver for bio-based polymers, as well as CO2-based polymers and recycled materials. These three non-fossil solutions are summarized under the new concept ‘Renewable Carbon’ and the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) is strongly supporting the fast transition from fossil to renewable carbon in the entire organic chemistry.

5:05 pm (CET)

Bio-based material: a sustainable driver to divert organic waste from landfill
Katherine Roop
Business Development - BioPBS
PTTMCC Biochem Company Limited
Bio-based materials are widely recognized for their role in delivering a more sustainable future with various end-of-life options. Recycling is a solution to reduce plastic waste and the production of virgin materials. However, recycling simply delays disposal and can be challenging for many types of packaging formats. Composting is an excellent solution to not only reduce plastic waste but to facilitate in diverting food waste from landfills. This will lower methane emissions, a harmful greenhouse gas, to our environment. Katherine’s presentation will share how BioPBSTM, a bio-based and compostable material, can help in reducing plastic waste and GHG emission by capturing and diverting food waste from landfills.

5:30 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Graphene from waste plastic and the endless variety of applications
John Van Leeuwen
CEO
Universal Matter Inc
Martin Vroegh
Sustainability & Cement/Concrete expert
Independent Consultant
Dr. Hamdy Khalil
Global Director of Corporate Research and Product Development
Woodbridge Foam Corporation,
Dr. Alper Kiziltas
Technical Expert, Sustainability and Emerging Materials
Ford Motor Company Research and Innovation Center
Turning trash into treasure is key for the circular economy. This panel discussion will investigate the exciting prospects for plastic waste upcycling, specifically for conversion into graphene. If graphene can be generated inexpensively, it can be used in more places – to help in the production of cars or clothes, for example, or in cement for binding concrete (a process responsible for around 8% of human-made CO2 each year). The value proposition of this graphene is huge in markets like cement and concrete, asphalt and plastics (including bioplastics, PU foam, etc). Join John and his partners to learn more.
Networking Session -
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm (CET)
 
Designing and manufacturing with bio-based materials
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (CET)

6:30 pm (CET)

Circular material strategies for products that last
Efrat Friedland
Founder
Materialscout
Bio-based and recycled materials are mostly considered for implementation in consumables, disposables and fast-moving consumer goods. Brands producing consumer electronics, medical devices, automotive interiors and home appliances are often reluctant to even consider these materials as alternatives to their currently used virgin polymers. materialscout would like to challenge this misconception by presenting various exciting materials that already exist on the market, ready to be used as drop-in solutions, as well as case studies of brands that dared.

6:55 pm (CET)

Standards and measurements for accreditation of bioplastic material and products in Europe. Determination of the aerobic biodegradability with respirometry under controlled conditions using ECHO instruments respirometer
Andrej Holobar
CEO
Echo Instruments
More and more countries are replacing plastic with more environmentally friendly biodegradable materials. These materials can undergo biodegradation in compost environment. Such processes help to reduce plastic waste and help to minimize cost for collecting and treating products made from bioplastic. There is a need for measuring biodegradation of bioplastic materials and products all over the world. One of the test methods for assessing the biodegradability is ISO 14855 for determination of the ultimate aerobic biodegradability of plastic materials under controlled composting conditions. With the use of ECHO instruments respirometer, it is possible to have an accurate, fast and reliable test for biodegradable materials under aerobic composting conditions. ECHO respirometry systems can be used in government accreditation institutions, research facilities as well as in production of raw materials and products. The system is suitable for measuring in many biodegradation applications with additional set-up. This opens up new ways for measurements in water and sea simulating conditions.

7:20 pm (CET)

A mineral-enriched resin alternative to plastic coatings for paperboard applications
Todd Gasparik
Sustainable Material Advancements for the Packaging Industry
Smart Planet Technologies
Presentation synopsis to be announced

7:45 pm (CET)

Bio-FusionLP: a revolutionary trio of bio-tools for ag, roads and mining
Tyler Whale
VP Agriculture
BioFusion
Bio-FusionLP originally set out to develop a natural bio-resin which enabled the efficient and environmentally focused re-application of asphalt re-grinds for both commercial and residential markets. From this vision a suite of natural bio-polymers quickly emerged that have found other important horizontal applications.
Networking Session -
8:10 pm - 8:40 pm (CET)
 

Day2: November 10, 2020

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

9:00 am (CET)

ECOXY Project: a bio-based, recyclable, reshapable and repairable (3R) fiber-reinforced thermoset composite
Blai López Rius
Researcher in Composites Department
AIMPLAS
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.
 

9:25 am (CET)

Where non-persistent polymers fit within a circular economy
Erwin Vink
Senior Sustainability Manager
NatureWorks
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.
 

9:50 am (CET)

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 bio-based 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.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

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.
 

11:10 am (CET)

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 re-purpose the by-products of agriculture or forestry – in other words, to discover cost-cutting filling ma-terial. 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 be-ing used. Until now, that is…
 

11:35 am (CET)

The future of the plastics industry is circular economy
Andreas Jenne
Head of Sustainability
REHAU Group
Industry is more and more driven by the current discussion about climate crisis and the need for a new contract of generations. Plastic products in particular are increasingly the subject of criticism. Here manufacturer, designer and distributor of durable products have to be considered in a differentiated way. In order to maintain their manufacturer responsibility and react in a responsible manner to the described development the future of the Plastic Industry can only be the change from a Linear to a Circular Economy. For Industries, this means to look at each stage of a closed loop - especially the design-phase.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Renewable carbon for a circular chemical industry
Michael Carus
Founder and managing director
nova-Institute
Dr Christian Haessler
SVP & Head of Circular Economy Program
Covestro
Michael Costello
Group Director of ESG
Stahl
Lars Börger
Vice President Renewable Polymers & Chemicals
Neste
Thomas Mueller-Kirschbaum
Head of R&D and Sustainability
Henkel
Sean Simpson
Chief Scientific Officer & Co-founder
Lanzatech
Substituting fossil-based resources and keeping carbon in a constant loop is one of the main challenges for a truly sustainable and circular chemical industry. Bio-based feedstocks are one part of the solution, but also Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) as well as all kinds recycling technologies offer renewable carbon sources that can be deployed. This panel discussion will present the recently launched Renewable Carbon Initiative by nova-Institute, supported by various industries, which aims to support and speed up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
 
Bio-based materials in the circular economy
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm (CET)

1:15 pm (CET)

Brewed Protein: adaptable protein materials for a more sustainable future
Oliver Syed Shafaat
Manager, Fiber R&D Section
Spiber Inc
Spiber seeks to harness the power of modern biotechnology to create industrial materials that are more sustainable and which fit into a circular economy. The company takes inspiration from nature and develops novel protein materials known as Brewed Protein. Produced through a microbial fermentation process which utilizes plant-based materials as its primary resource, Brewed Protein materials are well-positioned to contribute significantly to animal-free and plastic-free initiatives in a range of fields, such as the apparel and automotive industries. During this presentation, Oliver will introduce the design and production platform that has been developed by Spiber to allow for the materialization of Brewed Protein.

1:40 pm (CET)

LNP solutions for the circular economy
Willem Hamersma
Product Management LNP
SABIC
SABIC LNP specialty compounds are known for their contributions to supporting a circular economy, which aims to keep resources in use as long as possible, optimize their value, and recover/re-use them at the end of their service life. From bio-based content to design simplification, energy-efficient processing, extended useful life and easier recycling/upcycling, the company's LNP compounds promote sustainability in a variety of ways. Willem will be presenting SABIC's comprehensive portfolio providing reduced carbon footprint, avoiding fossil oil depletion and reducing plastic waste. The portfolio has been and is being built in close cooperation with SABIC’s customers, so together with them the challenges to move to a more circular economy are being conquered

2:05 pm (CET)

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.

2:30 pm (CET)

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.

2:55 pm (CET)

Solutions for credible certification for a sustainable bioeconomy and circular economy
Inna Knelsen
Sustainability system manager
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.
Innovative bio-materials to replace and outperform plastic
3:20 pm - 5:17 pm (CET)

3:20 pm (CET)

How Ingeo Biopolymers fit in a sustainable circular economy
Erwin Vink
Senior Sustainability Manager
NatureWorks
NatureWorks offers a portfolio of renewably sourced Ingeo (PLA) biopolymers that can be used in products from coffee capsules and appliances to tea bags and 3D printing. Sustainability is of key importance for each phase of a products’ life cycle: design, feedstock, production, use, recycling and end of life. The presentation covers those phases with a special focus on our solutions contributing to a world free of plastic waste. The biopolymers fit in all available recycling and EOL options. It also offers new EOL options such as chemical recycling (hydrolysis) and industrial composting. With the latter we can divert more food waste into industrial composting. It also can help to reduce the leakage of persistent microplastics into the environment.

3:45 pm (CET)

Cruz Foam: using seafood waste to replace plastic foam without compromising on quality, performance or price
John Felts
CEO
Cruz Foam
Cruz Foam is a California based startup that has developed patented formulations for packaging foam that is produced from chitin - a natural bio-polymer found in seafood waste, insects, and some plants - and post consumer paper waste that has all the performance of plastic foam and none of the problems. John will talk about the materials, use cases, and the convenient drop-in manufacturing process that leverages the current supply chain to keep costs and barrier to entry low for new customers. Unlike some natural foams, Cruz Foam also uses no toxic chemicals in processing, and is in process to be certified as fully compostable or recyclable.

4:10 pm (CET)

New industrial uses of renewable cashew nutshell liquid technology
Fernanda Tavares
Vice President of Marketing
Cardolite
Cashew Nutshell Liquid (CNSL) is a widely available, non-edible and annually renewable material obtained as a by-product of the cashew nut industry. CNSL derivatives are commonly used as raw materials in coatings, adhesives, composites, foams, and automotive applications. The main component distilled from CNSL, Cardanol, is a USDA Certified Biobased Product with a unique structure that provides interesting properties and allows for a wide variety of chemical functionalization. This presentation will introduce a set of new cardanol-based derivatives developed by Cardolite that are suitable replacements to petro-based chemicals in bio-plastics, bio-composites, and other applications.

4:35 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Compostable packaging – separating hope from hype (panellists to be announced)
Venkatesh Kini
Co-Founder
Ubuntoo
A panel discussion featuring industry experts and start-ups in the space of compostable packaging. In this session, we will feature innovations in compostable packaging and materials, explore the opportunities and challenges for widespread adoption of compostable packaging, changes in the regulatory environment, and also dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about this space.
Using bio-based materials to implement a truly circular economy
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm (CET)

5:15 pm (CET)

Plastic waste to turbostratic graphene in a flash
John Van Leeuwen
CEO
Universal Matter Inc
Imagine a world where large volumes of under-utilized solid plastic waste is upcycled into high-performance, value-added Turbostratic Graphene. Imagine even further that this Turbostratic Graphene enhances the performance and sustainability of high-demand materials such as concrete, asphalt, plastics and rubber. Universal Matter is now in the process of scaling-up and commercializing a process developed by Dr James Tour at Rice University called Flash Joule Heating (FJH) to transform a wide range of carbon-based materials (e.g. plastic waste, rubber waste, coal, petroleum coke, etc) into this unique form of graphene. This high-value nanomaterial can be used to strengthen concrete or asphalt, enhance rubber durability/performance, increase the mechanical properties of plastics, and more. The world is waking up to the huge range of potential applications that Turbostratic Graphene offers.

5:40 pm (CET)

Jumpstart your circular journey
Bruno Perira
Chief Sustainability Officer
BioLogiQ
BioLogiQ’s Bruno will present the company’s perspective on two main issues in today’s plastic value chain (mostly fossil-based and persistent if leaked into the environment) and how to address them. First, how to transition away from fossil fuel with renewables and chemical recycling and second how we can engineer mainstream plastics for reduced environmental persistency.

6:05 pm (CET)

How to valorize plastic waste
Bob Powell
CEO & Founder
Brightmark
Only 9% of the plastic manufactured in the USA each year is recycled. The rest ends up in an incinerator, a landfill, or as litter in the natural environment, where it is doomed to sit for thousands of years. Plastic waste is an extremely valuable material. So how do we capture plastic waste, keep it out of landfills and render it more valuable by turning it into usable products?
Networking Session -
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm (CET)
 

Closing-the-loop

Day1: November 9, 2020

Keynote
10:45 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

10:45 am (CET)

Accelerating and funding innovation for sustainable solutions
Aman Khan
CEO & Founder
Sycomo.re
Stephanie Lavelle
Environmental consultant/Chair the Plastic Special Interest Group
Sea Sanctuaries Trust & IMarEST
A high-level view of the challenges and complexities when closing the loop and driving change across different sectors. Aman and Stephanie will show how Sycamore allows an interdisciplinary approach to help drive awareness of problems and move the narrative to funding solutions. They will examine the growth of plastic production and relation to climate change, development of monitoring and supportive technologies/best practises, hotspot areas; land- and ocean-based sources, the responsibility of waste, removal initiatives and waste infrastructure; regulation, policy and technology solutions (reduction, recycling, waste-to-X and incineration) that we can apply to close the loop.
 

11:10 am (CET)

Standardization of plastic recyclates
Hans-Josef Endres
Institute Director
Institut fur Kunststoff-und Kreislauftechnik
The term ‘recyclate’ has been used in various application-specific DIN and EN standards since 1999. At a very first glance it looks simple, but depending on the source of the waste it may mean ‘post-industrial’, ‘pre-consumer’ or ‘post-consumer’ recyclates and with regard to a number of different recycling processes, the output ranges from materials ready to use or the pure polymers to monomers or other chemicals in gas, liquid or solid form as feed-stock for polymerization. Given that, compared with the technical data sheets provided for virgin plastics, it is obvious that the amount and the precision of the data in the technical data sheets for recyclates is significantly lower. On the other hand, the introduction of reliable quality standards would definitely promote build-up of a value added chain for recyclates. In this context the presentation will give an overview on the definitions and standards of plastic recyclates.
 

11:35 am (CET)

Enabling a circular plastics economy through specialty chemical solutions
Bettina Siggelkow
Program Manager EcoCircle
Clariant
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.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Closing-the-loop: Encouraging cooperation throughout the value chain of plastic recovery and recycling
Marko Kärkkäinen
Chief Commercial Officer - Global
Clewat Inc.
Giulio Bonazzi
President & CEO
Aquafil
Akiko Shinoda
Area Manager Public Relations
Itochu Corporation
Jacob Duer
CEO
Alliance to End Plastic Waste
Kian Hoe Seah
Managing Director
Heng Hiap Industries
Dr Tim van Emmerik
Assistant Professor River Plastic Monitoring
Wageningen University & Research
Cyrill Gutsch
CEO & Founder
Parley Ocean Plastic Program
Plastic waste has become one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time! We’ve heard enough about the problem, and we’ve seen more than enough plastic waste ending up in our oceans and rivers. Now more than ever, we need cooperation between stakeholders to create workable value chain. In order to overcome hurdles in plastic reduction, Collaboration is the key! If we build up the value chain and companies, governments and people work together, we can pool research materials and begin recycling an industrial amount of plastic waste.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
 
Where exactly does the circle start in a circular economy?
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm (CET)

1:15 pm (CET)

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

1:40 pm (CET)

Plastic leak project to tackle plastic and microplastic leakage
Satwik Mudgal
Senior Consultant
Quantis
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, Satwik 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.

2:05 pm (CET)

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.

2:30 pm (CET)

Bridging the financing gap for new technologies
Justin Guest
Partner
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’.

2:55 pm (CET)

Closing cycles: toward a circular economy of plastics
Dr Christian Haessler
SVP & Head of Circular Economy Program
Covestro
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 Haessler’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 Haessler will therefore discuss how this knowledge can help to leverage synergies with the recycling industry, customers and other partners in a circular economy.

4:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Underpinning ESG claims in plastic recycling with traceability
Douglas Johnson-Poensgen
Founder & CEO
Circulor
Will Garrard
Director Operations
Recycling Technologies
Haley Lowry
Global Sustainability & End Use Marketing Director
Dow Chemicals
Chemical recycling is in its infancy, with many unanswered questions about the economic model that should underpin it. Nevertheless, the source of waste, the working conditions or waste pickers in developing countries, proving the amount of recycled content of plastic and tracking embedded carbon are all relevant considerations in plastic waste recycling as is how to underpin extended producer responsibility. This panel of experts will explore these questions and discuss how traceability can support.
Networking Session -
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm (CET)
 

Day2: November 10, 2020

Technofixing our way to a circular future
9:00 am - 12:00 pm (CET)

9:00 am (CET)

Sustainable business now: collaborating on the next generation of industry solutions
Stephen Jamieson
Head of Sustainable Business Innovation
SAP
SAP made a commitment with our customers to a dramatically cleaner ocean by 2030 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, alongside the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, and Global Plastic Action Partnership. Hear how two years of collaborative engagement helps define the next generation of industry solutions that embed the key principles of designing for circularity, keeping products in use, and regenerating natural systems into core business processes at scale and how you can engage. (Stephen Jamieson)
 

9:25 am (CET)

Become plastic positive: solving the plastics crisis by giving plastics a value
Wilhelm Myrer
Founder & CEO
Empower.eco
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.
 

9:50 am (CET)

How supply chains within a circular plastics economy can benefit from the digital twin
Anna Preut
Researcher
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.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

Digital revolution or hype? Digitization as key enabler for a circular plastics economy
Christian Schiller
Co-Founder & CEO
Cirplus
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.
 

11:10 am (CET)

Chances and challenges of chemical recycling - the perspective of a German start-up
Daniel Odenthal
Founder
Arcus Greencycling GmbH
Nowadays, chemical recycling offers several possibilities to solve the plastic problem and generate added value. Material loops can be closed and new applications made of recycled plastic are becoming a reality. However, the journey toward these goals is not without its challenges. These include technological development, market recognition and integration in existing supply chains as well as missing regulations and political acceptance. ARCUS will discuss its view and provide practical insights and outlooks to overcome these issues.
 

11:35 am (CET)

Newcycling: closing cycles for complex plastic packaging waste in a circular EU plastics economy
Kristy-Barbara Lange
Head of Public Affairs
APK AG
Kristy-Barbara’s presentation will sketch the current legislative initiatives shaping the future framework for plastics recycling and use of recyclates. In this context, she will discuss the role and relevance of innovative recycling technologies such as dissolution recycling approaches. It will showcase the process of Newcycling of APK and how it can tap into unused potential such as valorising complex plastics packaging waste streams. Dissolution, separation and purification are three key terms we will dive into to evaluate how Newcycling will contribute to realising a circular economy for plastics in the EU and beyond.
 
Networking Session -
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
 
Reducing, eliminating and adding value to waste
1:15 pm - 4:30 pm (CET)

1:15 pm (CET)

Survival: a pulp thriller
Valerie Langer
Fibre Solutions Strategist
CanopyPlanet
We can get 50% of the forest fiber out of the global pulp supply chain for packaging and viscose by 2030 in order to meet global climate and biodiversity targets. Canopy released a plan that outlines an ambitious and achievable investment pathway to scale-up production of next-generation alternatives and transform the inputs for making pulp for paper, packaging and cellulosic fabrics. As companies look to eliminate plastics from their supply chain, we have to make sure they don’t jump from the plastic ‘frying pan’ into the forest ‘fire’. This presentation will explore the pathway and how both the market and production side of the supply chain are making this transformation.

1:40 pm (CET)

Chemical recycling: the upcycling of plastic waste
Carlos Monreal
CEO
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.

2:05 pm (CET)

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.

2:30 pm (CET)

Hydrothermal waste recycling in the plastic circular economy
Oliver Borek
Managing Director
Mura
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.

2:55 pm (CET)

City oil field: turning landfilled plastic into value-added products
Athan Fox
Founder
Ever Resource Ltd
Ever Resource 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 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 Virtual Summit to exclusively announce his work – and results – in this area.

3:20 pm (CET)

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? David will describe the intricacies of the different trials, methods, results, and reveal the possible outlook.

3:45 pm (CET)

Styrenics: made for recycling
Johannes Musseleck
Director Global Strategy and Regulatory Affairs
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. Johannes’ presentation will discuss how chemical companies can create short- and long-term value by taking advantage of various recycling technologies. He 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, he will address all technical aspects of a chemical recycling approach, including depolymerization, while also discussing technologies such as pyrolysis and solvolysis.
Networking Session -
4:10 pm - 4:45 pm (CET)
 

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