Preliminary Agenda

Retail & Consumer Goods

Day1: June 27, 2019

Keynote Session
9:00 am - 12:25 pm

Is plastic the wake-up call the world needed? Or have we just pressed 'snooze'
Sian Sutherland
A Plastic Planet
Now that we know what we know, we can never unknow. What will our consumer future look like? In what we are certain will be a lively and engaging presentation, Siân lays out the five accelerators of action and leading by example as we either jump on or swerve the juggernaut of change in our attitudes and uses of plastic.

Presentation title and synopsis to be announced
Heidi Savelli
Programme Management Officer
United Nations Environment Programme

A European strategy for plastics in a circular economy
Werner Bosmans
Director General Environment
European Commission
Delegates will hear the very latest from the European Commission in respect of its tough stance on plastics waste and single-use plastics. Action on plastics was identified as a priority in the Circular Economy Action Plan, to help European businesses and consumers use resources in a more sustainable way. In December 2018, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached a provisional political agreement on the ambitious new measures proposed by the Commission to tackle marine litter at its source. The agreement was based on the Single-use plastics proposal presented last May by the Commission as part of the world’s first comprehensive Plastics Strategy, adopted in early 2018, to protect citizens and the environment from plastic pollution while fostering growth and innovation. The new EU Directive on Single-Use Plastics, meanwhile, will be the most ambitious legal instrument at a global level addressing marine litter and envisages different measures to apply to different product categories. Where alternatives are easily available and affordable, single-use plastic products will be banned from the market. For other products, the focus is on limiting their use through a national reduction in consumption: on design and labeling requirements; and waste management/clean-up obligations for producers.

Traditional plastics and alternative solutions: the challenges and opportunities for industry
Henry le Fleming
Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
As much as consumer products companies would like to reduce the impacts of their products on the environment, plastics present a problem. Being light, they have great functionality, they have good carrier properties and they are adaptable to different product formats. This presentation will review current alternatives to plastic materials used by consumer product companies, covering both the alternative materials and the different types of plastic feed-stocks that companies could use in their products. Many of the alternatives have unintended environmental consequences when used at scale. Perhaps the most promising is using recycled content more widely, but there are challenges in widespread use of recycled content. Can developments in waste material management, such as AI, support better-quality recycling/sorting or chemical recycling processes deliver the recycled content required? What are the current options and how do they stack up for materials for consumer products companies? What do we know about these different options in terms of the environmental impact? Is there sufficient recycled content to meet demand? And can AI or new chemical recycling solutions close this gap? Henry will address these questions and more during his presentation.

The Plastic challenge as an opportunity
Jürgen Dornheim
Section Head Packaging Capability
Procter & Gamble Service GmbH
How does a global manufacturer, with plastic as main packaging material, address the global challenge of reducing environmental footprint? What is happening between drastic reports of pollution, emotional consumers, highly engaged NGOs, retailers who want to make their entire product portfolio more environmentally friendly today rather than tomorrow and the changing legal frameworks?

minim. Circular by design.
Augusto Garzon
Global Innovation Director
People are ready to eliminate waste, but we need to re-invent the way we craft, produce, distribute and use fast moving consumer goods. It all starts by learning to be “Circular by design”.

Commercially shifting in IKEA from unsustainable materials to renewable, recyclable and reusable materials. 
Cedric Dever
Project Manager Packaging Materials
IKEA is a furniture company with well-designed, functional and affordable, high-quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment. In order to achieve its ambitious goal to become a fully circular business by 2030, Ikea took commitments to inspire and enable sustainable living - making it easier for people to reduce their climate impact and contribute to a world without waste. One of its commitments for 2030 concerns the goal to only use renewable and recycled plastics.
Confronting the plastics challenge with efficient manufacturing and design strategies
1:15 pm - 5:25 pm

Speciality packaging in a plastics-free packaging world
George Kellie
Kellie Solutions
Dr. George Kellie's discussion will look at a range of specialty paper bioplastics and their potential to become direct alternatives to plastic packaging materials across a range of end uses. With a strong drive for sustainability across a range of sectors and end uses, this is a very timely update covering both challenges and opportunities in the sector. Specific market trends and forecast volume metrics will be included.

Adopting an integrated-systems approach in business to address the plastics challenge
Martin Baxter
Chief Policy Advisor
IEMA - Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
Tackling the plastics challenge requires an integrated and systematic approach both within – and between – organizations. Environmental management systems based on ISO 14001, the international standard used by more than 370,000 organizations globally, provides a framework for businesses to make improvements in their direct operations, their supply chains and through customers/consumers.

Better Planet Packaging: Protecting your product and the planet
Jurgita Girzadiene
Sustainability Manager
Smurfit Kappa Group

Reduced waste and improved resource efficiency: how do bioplastics link bioeconomy and circular economy?
Kristy-Barbara Lange
Deputy Managing Director
European Bioplastics
Without doubt, the bioplastics sector pushes the boundaries of the plastics industry, vis-à-vis both feed-stock and waste management. Yet there are still misconceptions as to what bioplastics, defined as plastics that are bio-based (feed-stock) and can be biodegradable (end-of-life), can contribute to a more efficient, circular plastics economy. This presentation will clarify where the two value properties on feed-stock and end-of-life integrate with the current trends of reduction, redesign, reuse and recycling. It will also elaborate on the front-running role that bio-based materials and products in the plastics industry fulfil as they move beyond conventional recycling visions.

Sustainable manufacturing - no longer a dream with 3D printing
Hugo Ferreira Da Silva
Vice President, DSM Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing (AM) – the process of building objects by 3D printing – is quickly evolving from a prototyping technology into a mainstream manufacturing process. As the industry gathers momentum, it is presented with a huge opportunity to make AM sustainable from day one. There is a historic window to develop, from the beginning, new materials that are recyclable, reusable and/or biodegradable or bio-based. Investing in solutions where plastics can be 3D printed into usable applications fits perfectly with the intrinsically sustainable nature of AM as a production process. Using only what is needed to build layer by layer, it reduces scrap and waste. As it can be done locally, it has the potential to substantially reduce carbon emissions by shortening the supply chain. DSM invites AM industry players to partner in addressing this ambition - now.

Removing plastic barriers to save the planet
Christian Kemp-Griffin
Plastic barriers are used for so many packaging needs but it’s getting extremely hard to justify using plastic when other solutions must be possible. CelluComp is using Curran to help replace some plastics used in all sorts of bags and packaging. Curran is a material developed from the extraction of nanocellulose fibers of root vegetables, primarily sugar beet pulp (a by-product of the sugar industry). If successful as a replacement for traditional plastic barriers, this could provide a huge economic and environmental benefit.

Responsible convenience: an initiative against hidden plastic in wet wipes
Jürgen Eizinger
Vice President of Global Business Management Nonwovens
Lenzing AG
Although the focus on plastics waste often hones in on commodities such as single-use straws and plastic bottles not many people know that wet wipes (baby, hygienic or make-up remover wipes) are in fact one of the biggest plastic polluters on European beaches. Manufactured using plastic resins such as polyester or polypropylene, they never fully biodegrade – they simply break into smaller and smaller pieces, in doing so releasing yet more microscopic fibers into the environment. As part of its aim to combat marine litter, the European Union has issued a Directive featuring product-specific measures for the 10 most-polluting single-use plastic products, wipes included. Lenzing hopes to take the strategies of the Directive one step further. Having surveyed almost 4,000 consumers in 14 markets worldwide, these consumer and industry insights have been translated into an interactive case study that will form the basis of this presentation on sustainable wipes. In attending this presentation, you will hear how the company hopes to pioneer a new era of responsible convenience.

How are we going to live? - Panellists to be announced
Sian Sutherland
A Plastic Planet
Augusto Garzon
Global Innovation Director
Pierre-Yves Paslier
Skipping Rocks Lab
Ulrika Nordvall Bardh
Circular Strategy Lead-Non Commercial Goods
H&M Group
An open discussion on new ideas for how we may take, make and not wast in the future. How far and how quick can our waste-free future be a reality?

Day2: June 28, 2019

Exploring a new generation of advanced sustainable materials
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bio-based materials for packaging solutions
Johanna Lahti
Senior Research Fellow
Tampere University
Bioeconomy is based on the shift from fossil to renewable raw materials in response to the challenges of climate change, ecological scarcity and depletion of natural resources. Packaging plays an important role in the bioeconomy. As you will hear in this presentation, there is a clear demand for renewable and sustainable solutions to create new packaging materials and concepts – and the use of bio-based materials in packaging decreases the dependence on fossil fuels. Wood-based biomass that is available in a large scale offers attractive ‘green’ polymers. Meanwhile, biopolymers that are based on agricultural or other waste streams offer interesting alternatives for traditional oil-based polymers.

DuPont BioMaterial innovation: engineered polysaccharides and applications
Christian Lenges
Business Development BioMaterials
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Polysaccharides are important biopolymers with a wide range of industrial and consumer product applications. Traditionally, structural polysaccharides such as cellulose have been the backbone of early material science for a range of applications. These materials are inherently readily biodegradable, have viable structural and barrier properties and may provide exciting opportunities for a renewed focus on bio-based material opportunities to address current sustainability challenges. DuPont Industrial Biosciences has developed a family of engineered polysaccharides through the selective polymerization of sucrose to provide materials ranging in design, polymer architecture and morphology. The underlying enzymatic polymerization process offers the opportunity to design the polymer structure and the material properties of these new biomaterials. This presentation will introduce this new platform technology for sustainable material development with selected application examples.

Utilizing bio-based materials from nature as a replacement for fossil-based equivalents
Daniel Söderberg
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Although we humans have utilized materials from the natural world ever since the dawn of mankind, the development of plastic materials in particular over the course of the past century has been key to the accelerated development of what we now regard as modern-day society. The complexity of nature and millions of years of evolution should not be discounted, however, and as such there are a significant number of bio-based material concepts that can replace - and even outperform - current fossil-based plastic materials. Boasting new and beneficial functionality, these bio materials will also impact the environment much less should they inadvertently end up penetrating the ecosystem. During this presentation, the potential possibilities of cellulose (the most abundant biopolymer on Earth) will be discussed as well as a set of new material concepts that demonstrate the benefits of what is widely regarded as the strongest bio-based material ever.

Re-thinking the status quo – Biopolymers as part of the circular economy
Patrick Zimmermann
Director Marketing and Sales
FKuR Kunststoff GmbH
During this presentation, Patrick will focus on the status quo, nature as guide line, biopolymers and circular economy and holistic concepts with biopolymers.

Reducing plastic waste with new plastic materials: an overview
Laurent Bélard
R&D Manager
Plastics have never had such a bad press as the one they’re currently getting. A heightened societal awareness regarding their environmental impact, as well as an increasingly stringent regulatory framework, are demanding new packaging solutions with the lowest-possible impact in respect of ecological aspects. Since the end of the 20th century, bio-based and/or biodegradable polymers have been developed to respond to these demands – some of these materials are currently industrially mature and are already used. But research and development is still ongoing to adapt these materials to various specifications. This presentation will provide an overview of the existing materials as well as the ones that have been newly developed.

Replacing plastic with natural fibers: the reality and the future
Bodil Engberg Pallesen
Senior Adviser
Danish Technological Institute
Sustainability and low overall impact on the environment are fast becoming massive drivers for corporations and businesses today. Plastic consumption per citizen, meanwhile, is significant all around the world and although some plastic is collected for recycling or used for generating energy, huge amounts ultimately end up polluting the environment as microplastic, which severely damages the food chain as a consequence. There are approaches and innovative developments abound that can contribute to replacing plastic however. Fiber-based bottles made from straw- or wood-based cellulose, 3D-molded natural-fiber chairs and various biodegradable fiber composites for applications such as hunting ammunition are no longer just the subjects of scholarly articles but are soon to become a commercial reality.
Embracing a truly circular economy for consumer goods/retail packaging
1:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Presentation title and synopsis to be announced
Stephen Jamieson
Head of SAP Leonardo

How TerraCycle eliminates the idea of waste
Caroline Frery
VP, Global Business Development
By forming partnerships with leading brands and developing circular economy practices, TerraCycle eliminates the idea of waste : making previously non-recyclable waste, recyclable, helping integrate more recycled content into products and enabling consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): the way to end plastic waste
Agnes Bunemann
Managing Director
Cyclos GMBH
The sheer volume of plastic packaging waste is increasing all the time, as well as marine litter and other forms of environmental plastic pollution. Consequently, approaches to better reduce, collect and recycle plastic packaging waste are urgently needed. But who is responsible? Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) systems make companies that put packaged products on the market responsible for the packaging throughout its whole life-cycle, including the design for recycling as well as the development of an appropriate infrastructure for collection and treatment. During this presentation from Agnes, different models of EPR systems will be introduced, while several ways of establishing an EPR system will also be discussed.

The circular economy: thriving in a vanishing polymer market
Paul Bjacek
Principal Director, Global Resources Research Lead
Studies focusing on the effects of a circular economy on plastics have been conducted at a high level by many, especially pertaining to the use of recyclable and renewable materials. However, the polymers industry will compete with other resource-based products, as well as within itself. This presentation will, therefore, cover the impact of the circular economy on the demand for conventional plastics, including but not limited to the impact of the ‘durable-ization’ of non-durables, inter-material competition, education of plastics use and industrial waste via new technologies, the sharing economy, and recycling. Possible technologies and circular economy participation will also be reviewed.

A laboratory view on compostability testing
Ulrich Zang
Geo-Ecologist, Head of Compostability Testing Department
ISEGA Forschungs- und Untersuchungsgesellschaft mbH
The presentation will provide an overview of the leading standards in the field of compostability testing and their basic requirements. It will include technical insights into different methods for testing biodegradability, disintegration and ecotoxicity. Special findings, challenges and recent developments will be discussed in the context of conformity assessment.

Cradle-to-cradle plastics assessment
Suki Kler Young
Senior Project Manager
EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH
This discussion will present delegates with EPEA’s encounters with plastic products in various industrial sectors, from food packaging and toys to plastic resins for filament yarns and under-the-bonnet auto parts. As part of its work in the field of circular product design, many interesting and unexpected results have been uncovered. Some of these findings will be in focus, together with a short introduction to the EPEA Cradle to Cradle methodology, as well as examples of optimized products.

Packaging recycling – Opportunities and Challenges
Richard Mckinlay
Head of Circular Economy
Axion Group
A presentation on the current and future opportunities within plastics recycling and how we can reach our Circular Economy aims.

Automotive & Transportation

Day1: June 27, 2019

Keynote Session - More Speakers To be Announced Shortly
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sustainable Materials for automotive applications
Christine Schütz
Project Manager – Materials and Manufacturing processes
Volkswagen AG
The increasing use of petrochemical plastics across industries poses a major challenge with regard to the carbon footprint and the utilization of waste products. To get a deeper understanding of what sustainable materials are, the meaning of the term sustainability will be explained. From a material perspective, this means the necessity of researching environmentally compatible resources and material concepts. Some interesting material approaches and research results will be discussed in more depth during the lecture.

Did the end-of-life vehicle directive flatten the road to circular economy?
Julien Van Damme
Manager Environment and Safety Planning Office
Honda Motor Europe
The ELV Directive forced the automotive sector to think about how to reach the high recycling targets. Also, the cost to achieve that target was very important. And this was not just a problem to solve during the next 15 years: also at the homologation of the car a strategy to achieve the 85/95% recycle and recovery target had to be included in the documentation. But how to start the cycle…?

Exploring the potential of bio-based composites and polymers in automotive applications
Lara Dammer
Head of Department Economy & Policy
Biocomposites, whether wood-plastic or natural fiber, present exciting opportunities for automotive applications as a result of their potential for lightweight construction and enhanced strength. Indeed, they have become integral for components such as instrument panels, seating systems, parcel shelves, side cladding and trunk linings. But bio-based plastics are also being utilized in tires, foams (seat upholstery) and vehicle mats. This presentation will highlight some innovative bio-based materials as well as the processes employed, answer questions about issues such as feed-stocks while also showcasing the latest sustainability data.

Soft and rigid biomaterial inside the automotive
Vittorio Bortolon
Managing Director
Fabrizio Chini
Research Director
Röchling Automotive
Intelligent alternative materials to reduce the transportation sector's reliance on plastics
1:15 pm - 5:25 pm

Biofore project - innovative replacement of plastics with renewable biomaterials
Pekka Hautala
Head of School, Automotive and Mechanical Engineering
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science
The Biofore Concept Car demonstrates the potential of wood-based biomaterials. Not only for the automotive industry, but also for various other end-uses including design, acoustics - a wide range of industrial and consumer applications. The concept car is designed and manufactured in partnership with Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, TEKES - the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation and several other partner companies. The engineering and industrial design students of Metropolia designed and manufactured the car with the guidance of teachers who have successfully carried out several internationally renowned concept car projects.

Biosteel: the first high-performance fiber with true environmental integrity
Volker Wagner-Solbach
Procurement and Supply Chain Management
AMSilk is the world’s first producer of spider silk in industrial scale. Spider silk protein, a natural biodegradable high-performance structure protein, can be used in three-dimensional applications such as AMSilk’s vegan hydrogel Silkgel in cosmetics, in two-dimensional applications such as coatings for medical implants and more or less one-dimensional applications such as Biosteel fibers for products in sporting goods, automotive or luxury industry applications.

High-performance bamboo fiber reinforced polymers for a sustainable future in automotive & transportation
Karsten Brast
Founder & CEO
nature2need Europe
Spectalite is a global supplier of sustainable materials and products with up to 100% bio-content that helps increase the use of fast-renewable resources. Spectadur grades are made to endure, to reduce weight and cost and can be recycled. Spectabio grades are made to degrade, the material is 100% bio-degradable or compostable. High-Performance Bamboo Fiber Reinforced Spectadur grades come with significantly increased properties, especially specific properties are exceeding those of talc filled, glass-fiber reinforced or hemp and wood fiber reinforced thermoplastics. The implementation of these materials along with tailored designs decrease part weight and part costs up to 20%. The presentation outlines Spectalite´s material portfolio, a comparison of Spectadur grades to current materials along with a case study on part level where a tailored design could decrease the part weight by 15% without compromising on performance or costs.

Developments in natural and recycled fibers and materials for automotive applications
George Kellie
Kellie Solutions
The environment has become a crucial and vital issue in the strategies of automotive engineers. Blue Planet, Sky Ocean Rescue and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation are raising vital issues that demand a response from industry. This presentation will focus on state-of-the-art developments in a wide range of materials and technology applications.

Renewables from the pulp and paper industry - a key to reducing the reliance on (conventional) plastics?
Johannes Ganster
Division Director Biopolymers
Fraunhofer IAP
The pulp and paper industry is a massive source for alternative materials to plastics. The combination of pulp fibers with commodity thermoplastics such as polypropylene into injection molding compounds is a reality by now and corresponding products can be bought on the market (e.g. Synbio®, DuraSense®, Formi®). Extending this combination approach to lignin and cellulose regenerated fibers is one of the main issues at the biopolymers division of Fraunhofer IAP. On the commodity side, it will be shown that melt blending up to 70 % lignin with polyolefins gives excellent mechanical properties (including impact) when the right blend morphology is realized. Fiber reinforced injection molding compounds will be presented using cellulose rayon as a reinforcing alternative to glass fibers. Improved cellulose fiber stiffness for reinforcing purposes will be shown to be possible via the cellulose-NMMO spinning method, an alternative to the viscose (rayon) route. The use of renewables from the pulp and paper industry to reduce the reliance on plastics is still in its infancy, but steady progress is apparent and, probably, inexorable.

How milk protein bioplastics can have an impact on futures automotive industry by example of QMILK.
Anke Domaske
QMILK is the fiber with the lowest CO2 emission worldwide, but it also can be turned into bioplastics. The bioplastic itself is flame retardant, antibacterial and can be thermoformed. Hear about potential QMILK applications in interior and composites. QMILK is able to solve this problem by using the commodity and building a zero-waste process. The carbon food print of this milk production can thus be turned into something sustainable instead of having to dispose of the milk. In Germany alone, this carbon emission corresponds to that of approximately 110.000 cars per year.

NewspaperWood: from paper back to wood
Arjan van Raadshooven
Managing Director
NewspaperWood reverses a traditional production process – not from wood to paper, but from (news)paper back to wood. When a NewspaperWood log is cut, the layers of paper appear like wood grain or the growth rings of a tree and therefore resemble the aesthetic of real wood. NewspaperWood BV is dedicated to the production and development of the NewspaperWood material in order to find new intermediate products and innovative applications. Although the story of NewspaperWood started in the Dutch design scene, it has quickly transferred into automotive applications and has a wide spectrum of possibilities ahead.

Panel: What are the alternatives? - Panellists to be announced
George Kellie
Kellie Solutions
Christian Lenges
Business Development BioMaterials
DuPont Industrial Biosciences

Day2: June 28, 2019

Advanced materials and bio-based alternatives in transportation applications
9:00 am - 12:25 pm

Biocomposites in the automotive industry: potential applications and benefits
Blai López Rius
Composites department
Materials experts from numerous automakers estimate that an all-advanced composite auto body could be 50-67% lighter than a similarly sized steel auto body, as compared with a 40-55% mass reduction for an aluminium auto body and a 25-30% mass reduction for an optimized steel auto body. For the chassis of electrical vehicles, in particular, the lightweighting of materials is vital to offset the added weight of the batteries. At the same time and as a result of dwindling petroleum resources, composites derived from renewable resources have a great deal of potential benefits for OEMs, the environment and end customers. Renewability, biodegradability, price and weight advantages are all spurring interest in biocomposites in many markets, from automotive, rail and aerospace to military, construction and sports. The automotive sector, though, has been integral to their growth and is currently the second-largest application field. Despite all the upsides, though, biocomposites do have some drawbacks compared with synthetic variants, hence there is a great deal of research being conducted to improve the physical properties of natural reinforcements, including areas such as flame resistance and impact performance. In this regard, AIMPLAS will present its findings from various different transport projects involving thermoset and thermoplastic resins.

Natural fiber reinforcements to reduce and recycle plastics in automotive interiors
Christian Fischer
It is entirely feasible to reduce automotive interior weight by more than 60% versus injection-molded plastic as a result of powerRibs, a highly engineered natural fiber reinforcement. As delegates will discover, not only does it enable significant fuel savings/increase in driving range but also radically reduces the amount of resources required by replacing plastics with natural fibers. It also allows for the use of lower-grade plastics, such as recycled ocean plastics, for example as seen in Volvo Cars’ Recycled Plastics Demonstrator Vehicle that was unveiled in 2018.

Engineered poysaccharide reinforced hybrid composites in lightweight applications
Christian Lenges
Business Development BioMaterials
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
The broadening recognition that business models based on linear material flows become increasingly less sustainable is also driving and focusing innovation in the sustainable materials space. Product design and the associated use of materials with their end of life, environmental impact and reuse readiness in mind is becoming increasingly important. At the same time, product performance and the associated customer experience are expected to remain uncompromised. Balancing the continued growing demand for materials across all key consumer categories without addressing viable end of life or re-use strategies is at heart of the evolving discussion regarding circular economy. This contribution will highlight one example of sustainable material development in the Automotive composite space which brings together multiple aspects addressing this global challenge. Composites have been developed which allow for material light-weighing compared to the incumbent compounds without compromising expected and specified performance requirements which aligns directly with the overall strategy of improved energy utilization. These materials have been developed using recycled polyolfin feedstocks which are sourced within an end to end strategy and also include innovative biomaterial technology to achieve the required balance of mechanical properties and weight reduction. This composite development is an example of sustainable material development from fungible, accessible material supply chains which are envisioned to support the required scale and scope to support strategic markets such as automotive applications.

Reversible crosslinked polymers
Steven Eschig
Project Leader
Fraunhofer WKI
Plastics can generally be divided into two classes: thermoplastics and thermosets. Thermosets are three-dimensional, irreversible networks. Once hardened, they cannot be re-shaped but they distinguish themselves as a result of their impressive chemical resistance, high mechanical strength and low creeping. Thermoplastics consist of long-chain, mostly linear macromolecules. They can be re-melted, repeatedly re-shaped and welded, but they tend to creep and exhibit lower mechanical strength than thermoset materials. However, via the integration of a reversible crosslinking mechanism, the advantages of both polymer classes can be combined. Consequently, materials with comparable mechanical properties such as common thermosets can be produced, which can be re-shaped if needed. As a result of the irreversible crosslinking, common thermosets are mainly used for energetic purposes at their end of life. Newer approaches investigate their use as fillers. The integration of a reversible crosslinking mechanism enables the re-melting and re-shaping of the corresponding materials. Subsequently, the crosslinking can rebuild again. The efficiency of recycling, as well as the lifetime, can significantly be increased via this approach. As delegates will learn, potential fields of application are (de)bonding on demand adhesives, matrices for fiber composites, and organic sheets.

High-performance bio-based fibers for lightweight construction
Daniel Söderberg
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Given the excellent mechanical properties of nanocellulose, the building block providing structural integrity for plants and trees, is it possible to provide material concepts that complement or replace (at least partially) today’s lightweight construction materials. Recent progress within the field of bio-based materials show results that could make this a reality. As delegates will learn during this presentation, given proper processing conditions, it has been shown that filaments with high performance can be made from nanocellulose, which could provide a bio-based alternative to materials such as carbon fibers.

Natural fibres reinforced bio-polyamides for automotive structures
Ahmed-Amine Ouali
Research assistant
Chemnitz University of Technology
In order to face environmental problems, one of the solutions consists of the development of lightweight structures in the transport industry. A fully bio-based composite can be manufactured in series production, with endless natural fibres as reinforcement and bio-based polyamides as a matrix. Compared to well-established materials, this biocomposite performs high specific mechanical and thermal properties. Furthermore, the use of this biocomposite results in a lower input production energy, CO2-footprint and costs. Continuous processes permit to produce prepregs, multilayered and shaped composites, which diversify the potential applications of this biocomposite in many automotive parts.

Injection moulding with HempFibers for sustainable plastics
Mark Reinders
HempFlax Group
Hemp fibers are known already in compression moulding applications but not in injection moulding applications. HempFlax holds proprietary technology to pelletize the fiber with the polymer in such a way that fibre length is maintained till in the end product and improving the mechanical properties of the composite.
Closing the loop on a circular economy in the transportation sector
1:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Circular Economy for Automotive Plastics
Richard Mckinlay
Head of Circular Economy
Axion Group
As one of the largest recyclers of Automotive Shredder Residue, Axion Polymers is driving the circular economy for automotive plastics. Using innovative business models and technology we recover thousands of tonnes of PP from end-of-life vehicles to be used in the injection moulding of various products, including automotive parts. The presentation will explain how the industry operates and how the sector can help drive higher recycling rates to provide more secondary raw materials for the industry.

Acoustic elements from natural fibers by means of foam forming production technology
Ali Harlin
Research Professor
Currently, the raw materials used in acoustic products are typically made of non-renewable raw materials and are difficult to recycle. VTT has developed and demonstrated acoustic elements based on wood fiber: renewable raw-materials, recyclable products and scalable production of acoustic products for vehicles, office furniture and acoustic panels. The new materials are developed by combining VTT’s knowledge of natural fibers, acoustic engineering and foam forming production technology. Our approach enables the flexible production of environmentally friendly products with excellent sound absorption properties.

New business models enabling circular economy
Peter Bartel
Marketing & Engineering Director
Circular Economy Solutions GmbH
Linear business models can only be transferred to circular economy to a limited extent. If circular economy is supposed to work, it always means implementing new business models. This will be illustrated during this presentation with examples from the automotive aftermarket.

Recycability – A way to leave the plastic trap?
Klaus Hauschulte
Scholz Recycling GmbH
Cars will consist of up to 30% of plastics and composites by 2030. A backbone of innovation and lightweight construction, but for sustainability, too? Could industrial cooperation and the incorporation of recyclability solve urgent issues and save costs? Ideas and principles for getting to better sustainability.

Food & Beverage

Day1: June 27, 2019

Keynote Session
10:45 am - 12:00 pm

First-year progress: removing plastic from all 'Own Label' Iceland packaging
Ian Schofield
Own Label & Packaging Manager
The supermarket retailer Iceland is leading the way in removing plastics from all of its ‘Own Label’ products by 2023. This has been no easy task, but Ian will explain the way in which Iceland is going about the process, the technical challenges, new materials, cutting through masses of technical data sheets, waste management programs, and so on. As a disruptor, Iceland is going further than any other retailer and is learning every day. This will be a unique opportunity to ask those difficult questions to leaders in plastic removal.

Plastic Packaging Stewardship Strategy at Nestlé Waters
Carlo C. Galli
Head of Sustainability
Nestlé Waters

Breaking down the paradigm of flexible plastic packaging
Daphna Nissenbaum
Inspired by nature’s already perfect packaging, the sustainable packaging specialist TIPA set out to create a fully compostable alternative to conventional flexible plastic. The company’s packaging concepts encourage a true circular economy with solutions that break down into pure compost in exactly the same biodegradation process as organic waste. Importantly, though, TIPA’s smart proprietary blend of compostable polymers emulate plastic in mechanical properties such as durability, flexibility, transparency, shelf life, sealing strength and more, while seamlessly fitting into existing manufacturing processes. TIPA’s proven, viable compostable alternatives to conventional plastic therefore represent a huge step on the pathway to ending plastic pollution.
Reducing reliance on plastics through forward-thinking sustainable strategies
1:15 pm - 5:25 pm

1:15 pm

New Materials Institute research and development to commercialize an economically viable and fully biodegradable straw
Branson W. Ritchie
Director, Technology Development & Implementation
University of Georgia - New Materials Institute

Using plastic-free zones to deliver our purpose
Andrew  Thornton
Thornton's Budgens
This presentation will discuss how London’s much-publicized Thornton’s Budgens created a heartful culture to deliver its purpose ('We are the community supermarket that really cares') and introduced self-leadership and helped everybody realize more of their human potential. Importantly, delegates will hear how the retailer used this mantra to become the first supermarket in the UK (and only the second in the world) to deliver ‘Plastic Free Zones’, with more than 1,800 plastic-free products available to customers in +15 zones in-store – and Thornton’s Budgens achieved this in just 10 weeks! With a focus on its team, customers, suppliers, the community and the environment, this fascinating case study presented by Andrew will show going plastic-free is not just a conservationist’s pipedream, but a real-world possibility.

Leading by example: sharing the experience of the first-ever single-use plastic-free flight in the world
Paulo Mirpuri
President of Hi Fly and the Mirpuri Foundation
Hi Fly
This presentation will detail the frameworks applied to execute the world’s first single-use plastic-free flight, on 26 December 2018. With many people believing that the planet is approaching the verge of collapse, enterprises in all markets are being strongly urged to take immediate action and radically rethink the way they operate. This inaugural plastic-free flight saw Hi Fly replace plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and compostable alternatives crafted from recycled material, all in the hope of adopting a plastic-free policy by the end of 2019. As a leader who believes in the power of example – and a desire to inspire other airlines and businesses to reduce their plastic footprint – Hi Fly’s CEO will address the core issues related to the world’s disposable way of living while also sharing his vision of how we can secure a better and greener planet for future generations.

Adapting to the plastic challenge in a complex retail world
Beth Simpson
Senior Consultant in Waste & Resource Sustainability
Anthesis Group
Alan Spray
Head of Analytics
Anthesis Group
With plastic so integral to business operations and their supply chains, a one-size fits all approach isn’t a long-term answer. So what’s the best way for your food and beverage business to adapt? With real insights and case studies, Beth and Alan will discuss the key drivers across the markets and some of the real-life approaches being used to reduce plastic use altogether, increase recycled content and design better products for end-of-life considerations. Some of the technical tools that can be used will be demonstrated, such as the 'Green Design Tool' and 'Options Assessments', to support the decision-making process of your approach.

Desirability and the blockchain: a means of re-valuing plastics
Johannes Meyer
Senior Strategist, Sustainability, Innovation, Design
Reduce, reuse, recycle: a message not only for consumers but for designers and manufacturers alike. A paradigm shift is needed, and what’s missing is concerted action. But behavior change isn’t achieved by exhortations to try harder, make sacrifices, think twice. Instead, the key is in re-focusing how people approach and appreciate a material. At Seymourpowell, desirability is employed to highlight what people would otherwise not think twice about, such as bringing attention to the commodities supply chain (and its devastating human and environmental cost) through a smartphone (the ‘Fairphone 2’). A new technology is on the cusp of changing how we perceive materials: the blockchain. Seymourpowell sees this as a potential game-changer when it comes to shifting the value we attach to plastics, and the ethical and environmental systems we inhabit. Based on this, thought experiment has been designed that asks: what would a world look like that’s designed around the real value of materials? And what would that mean for a plastics economy?

The future(s) of plastic: navigating the swell of consumer activism, impending legislation and technological advancement in pursuit of sustainable growth
Mark Lancelott
Sustainability and Circular Economy Lead
PA Consulting
Plastic is a wonder material, but society has woken up to the consequences of our careless use and disposal. It is a ‘wicked’ problem – with a solution space involving changes in consumer behavior, the introduction of alternative materials, collecting, sorting, cleaning and recycling technologies and infrastructure, regulation and standards, commitments and transparent reporting, and trade-offs from unintended consequences. PA’s consulting work and research in the field would suggest that determining the future of plastics is impossible. We can, however, make sense of what the driving forces are as well as identify possible future scenarios that can guide what action we can take now.

Can we move away from plastic packaging?
Pierre-Yves Paslier
Skipping Rocks Lab
Through his experience launching Ooho "the edible water bottle”, Pierre Paslier will share insights on how seaweed and plants can free us from our plastic addiction and why consumers are playing a key role in the current disruption inflicted on the packaging industry. Pushing towards a 100% circular business model, Pierre will discuss innovation, collaboration with big corps, legislation and funding from the perspective of a startup.

Panel: The role of citizens in tackling plastic waste. How can retailers facilitate citizens to reduce, reuse and recycle - Panellists to be announced soon
Helen Bird
Strategic Engagement Manager

Day2: June 28, 2019

Bio-based and non-plastic alternatives to traditional plastic packaging
9:00 am - 12:25 am

Plastics, bioplastics and waste management
David Newman
Managing Director
Everything is connected – waste, water, soil, materials, air quality – and the lack of a holistic vision around how we treat our natural capital means we are continually missing the opportunity of reducing pollution, improving environmental quality and safeguarding our own futures, as well as the future of the biodiversity that we share the planet with. In this presentation, David will discuss how the use of bioplastics fits into this puzzle to reduce plastic waste, increase capture and treatment of food waste, improve soil, air and water quality while creating jobs in the European Union.

Fiber-based alternatives to overcome the plastic challenge
Trang Ly
Senior Consultant
Pöyry Management Consulting
Finding appropriate alternatives in packaging is key for a more sustainable future, hence fiber-based packaging solutions provide one of the most feasible options for industrial and consumer products. Companies that take the decision to switch from fossil-based plastics to utilizing more sustainable substitutes will contribute positively to reducing plastic waste and at the same time overcome reputational challenges. Importantly, those companies will be able to drive customer preferences and get ahead of their competition.

Non-Plastic alternatives for food packaging
Simon Balderson
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. As delegates will hear during Simon’s presentation, non-plastic alternatives have a tough act to follow.

Investigating the BioBarr project: the development of new bio-based food packaging materials with enhanced barrier properties
Marianna Faraldi
Project Manager
The BioBarr project was born under the auspices of the Horizon 2020 Program of the EC and the Bio-Based Industries Public-Private Partnership and involves seven partners from four European countries proactively seeking alternatives to fossil-based raw materials. The primary aim has been to develop new bio-based and biodegradable food packaging materials by improving the barrier functionality of biopolymer PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates). Currently, using PHAs for food packaging has some limitations, notably in transmitting oxygen and water. BioBarr aims to overcome this by improving vapor and gas-barrier properties through material functionalization. This involves compounding biodegradable materials in multi-layer structures specific for the food product category to be packed. It will also look at surface treatments as a further step. Ultimately, the BioBarr project should create a new bio-based value chain, from bio-plastic producer to food industry end-user. This presentation will go into detail about the objectives, expected impacts and reveal some of the preliminary outcomes that have emerged from the first 24 months of work.

The courage to be credible
Josie Morris
Managing Director
Credibility is a major challenge for any ‘new’ or ‘alternative’ solution. Often viewed with scepticism or perhaps even dismissed entirely, this is particularly the case for more environmentally responsible options. Drawing upon the journey of Woolcool – and reviewing the lessons learned along the way – this presentation will examine the challenges of credibility, working with the right materials and changing the status quo. It will not only address environmental responsibility but the social impact of a company on a community. Ultimately, it will highlight how by encouraging open minds and collaboration when searching for alternatives, the outcomes can be amazing.

Sulapac - On a mission to save our planet from the plastic waste
Antti Valtonen
Head of Marketing & Communications
Sulapac was founded in 2016 by two biochemists with a mission to save our planet from plastic waste. Last year Sulapac was selected among top-100 hottest startups in Europe by WIRED. Sulapac has innovated a biocomposite material which is safe by design, sustainable and biodegrades fast without leaving microplastics behind. Plastic manufacturers can use Sulapac recipes with their existing production lines. Material for mass producible and ocean-friendly straw was developed together with Stora Enso and will be available in Q2/2019. We believe materials should be divided into microplastic-free materials that can be digested by naturally occurring micro-organisms and microplastic releasing materials that remain in nature for hundreds of years.

Building demand for sustainable packaging
Nicole Rycroft
Founder and Executive Director
As companies move away from plastic packaging, let’s not forget that more than two billion trees are logged annually for paper-based packaging. Canopy’s success in working with hundreds of major brands (from fashion giants such as VF Corp and H&M to book publishers Penguin Random House and Scholastic) demonstrates how creating demand for ancient and endangered forest-friendly products can leverage transformative change down the viscose and print paper supply chains. It can (and will) do the same for paper packaging. In this fascinating discussion, Canopy founder Nicole Rycroft will deliver an engaging solutions-focused presentation about landmark brand commitments to not source from ancient and endangered forests, increasing recycled content in packaging, as well as the emergence of new fiber inputs from agricultural residues.
Closing the loop on a circular economy for food-grade packaging
1:15 pm - 4:30 pm

The UK Plastics Pact: collaborative action to tackle plastic packaging waste
Helen Bird
Strategic Engagement Manager
The UK Plastics Pact is a trailblazing and ambitious agreement between business, government and NGOs. The four targets are: to eliminate problematic plastic packaging; ensure that 100% of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable; achieve a 70% recycling rate; and a 30% average recycled content – all by 2025. A year on from its launch, delegates attending this presentation will find out how this challenge has been approached and what The Pact has achieved. What challenges lay ahead? How can sustainable choices be made for packaging? And what are the opportunities for compostable plastic packaging in the UK?

Current and emerging options for best use of fossil plastics and renewable alternatives – from collection to product
Stuart Hayward-Higham
Technical Development Director
SUEZ Recycling & Recovery
Considering the options for different types of plastics beyond the usual and how they may be complimented or disrupted by renewable alternatives. Considering the issues and opportunities through the whole value chain but especially from the consumer to secondary product.

Certification of compostable products: what is it and how does it work?
Oliver Ehlert
Product Manager
DIN CERTCO Society for Conformity Assessment mbH
As the public demand for materials and products that do not exploit fossil resources such as gas, oil, coal, etc, grows, sustainability is increasingly a focal point for the industry, the market and consumers. Consequently, more and more it is becoming necessary for producers to prove that these fossil carbon sources have been replaced by bio-based carbon sources or to prove the respective end-of-life options, respectively. As consumers/users cannot easily identify these properties just by looking at them, independent proof and labeling is a necessity. In this presentation, the various standards and the possible ways for the certification of bioplastics or biocomposites – either biobased and/or biodegradable – will be introduced. Delegates will, therefore, be able to familiarize themselves with the most up-to-date standards and 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; the BPI Certification Program (ASTM D 6400, ASTM D 6868); and ABA Certification (AS 4736, AS 5810). Additionally, a brief overview on legislation in Europe will be discussed.

Avoiding the biodegradation minefield
Robert Lilienfeld
Vice President, Marketing & Sustainability
Biodegradation, fragmentation and disintegration. Do you know what these terms mean and how they impact both biodegradation test results and the environment? Even more important, do your customers understand these terms and know how to properly communicate their sustainability, compostability and marine biodegradability messages to their customers as well as to consumers? By attending this presentation, Bob will help you form a better understanding of the biodegradation testing process and learn how best to promote the results. Most importantly, you will also discover that biodegradation may not lead to the positive results expected by both consumers and regulators.

Sustainable packaging design for recycling: challenge or opportunity?
Anette Kaeding-Koppers
Owner & Senior Consultant
AKK Innovation & CEFLEX
Something in the region of 25.8 million tonnes of plastic waste are generated in Europe each year, of which 60% (15.2 million tonnes) are the result of plastic packaging – and less than 30% of that is collected/used for recycling. The EU Plastics Strategy and the German Packaging Act (VerpackG) are pushing towards circular economy in packaging, with set targets and consequences defined as part of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme in order to advance to the next level of sustainable business growth and resource efficiency globally. But what does this mean for current and future sustainable packaging design? How can you combine plastic packaging waste management and food safety requirements with regulations and the diverse needs of the whole food packaging supply chain? In this presentation, delegates will learn about a representative business case for fresh food packaging that will spotlight the challenges and opportunities for sustainable packaging design and importantly you will discover how new materials sciences and innovative engineering technologies can play a role.

The role of drop-in bio-based plastics in the circular economy
Martin Clemesha
Technical sales – Renewable Chemicals
Bioplastics are widely recognized as playing a crucial role in delivering a more sustainable future and Braskem, a world-leading biopolymer producer, has a global vision on circular economy by creating solutions for it. This presentation intends to introduce the company’s sugar cane-based polyethylene, a drop-in bioplastic that is produced in the central southern region of Brazil. The material has a negative carbon footprint, meaning that from cradle to the factory gate it captures more carbon from the atmosphere than its production chain releases. The development of a traditional polymer that is sustainably sourced and recyclable represents a step forward toward a bio-circular economy.

Fashion & Textiles

Day1: June 27, 2019

Keynote Session - More Speakers To be Announced Shortly
9:00 am - 12:25 pm

Title to be announced
Speaker to be announced
Stora Enso

Understanding changing consumer awareness and demands: the Blue Planet effect
Irene-Marie Seelig
Innovation Program Manager

Pioneering technology contributing to the circular economy in the textile industry
Andreas Dorner
Commercial Director Textiles Europe & Americas
Based on the award-winning efficient closed loop production process as standard TENCEL Lyocell fiber, REFIBRA technology is Lenzing’s first step to contribute to the circular economy in the textile industry.

Innovative bio-based textiles in a sustainable European economy
Lara Dammer
Head of Department Economy & Policy
The presentation will highlight how innovative bio-based textiles can make manifold positive contributions toward a sustainable European economy. Textiles are a fast-growing market globally, with plastics covering a huge proportion of the demand. On the downside, textiles are the biggest contributor to the microparticles issue in marine littering. Illustrating new technological developments and biodegradability issues, this presentation will tackle the microparticles debate as well as showcase several concrete applications in which bio-based materials can make a difference for enhanced sustainability.

Towards a zero waste textile industry: practical and scalable solutions
Hilde Van Duijn
Project Manager Circle Textiles Programme
Circle Economy
Circle Economy is an impact organisation, driving the transition to the circular economy. We work to identify opportunities to turn circular principles into practical reality. In a circular textiles industry, the lifecycle of all textiles is engineered to maximise value, re-use and harvesting of materials. In our vision for a zero-waste textiles industry, garments which cannot be worn again still retain value. This entails reduced use of virgin materials and increased re-use of existing ones. This presentation will outline the journey towards a zero waste textile industry, illustrated with actual examples of practical and scalable solutions.
Sustainable responsible manufacturing and reducing the plastic footprint
1:15 pm - 5:25 pm

Microfibers - Update on the textile industry’s response
Simone Seisl
Ambassador & Consultant for Fiber & Materials
Microplastics, including microfibers is – no doubt - a big issue. The textile industry is considered one of the major contributors of microfiber release into the environment. Textiles of any material shed millions of fibers throughout their cycle of being produced, worn, washed and discarded. The sector is facing a variety of challenges, and efforts to tackle this relatively new and complex issue will only be successful through broad industry collaboration and holistic approaches. Join this session to hear about where the industry currently is and what work is being done to tackle the microfiber issue.

ECOALF: because there is no planet B
Carolina Alvarez-Ossorio Speith
Global Marketing & Communications Director
Established in 2009, ECOALF is one of the true pioneers in sustainable fashion, its mantra at the outset being to create the next generation of recycled products with the same quality, design and technical properties as the very best non-recycled products. Achieving this with the success the company has enjoyed shows the world there is no need to consume natural resources in a careless, haphazard way – a message that is enshrined in its #Becausethereisnoplanetb motto. To date, ECOALF has developed more than 250 fabrics made from ocean waste, including fishing nets, used tires and, naturally, plastic bottles. In fact, its recently launched pair of Shao sneakers uses five ocean waste bottles per pair that are spun into a black yarn for the knitted upper while the outer sole is derived from an algae. Such a sustainable philosophy running through its core has led to ECOALF becoming the first Spanish fashion brand to become a Certified B Corporation, demonstrating its commitment to society and the planet. In this presentation, while still acknowledging that what it is doing is still not enough, showcasing the way it does things is key.

Limiting our impact: inspiration from nature towards circular solutions
Debbie Luffman
Project Director
There are no off-the-shelf solutions when it comes to creating a sustainable product, but central to Finisterre’s sustainability ethos is good design. At this year’s inaugural Plastic Free World Conference & Exhibition, Debbie will share with delegates the ways in which Finisterre focuses on limiting its impact upon the environment, through its design process and textile development. This includes but is not limited to the company’s utilization of regenerated synthetics to low-chemical processing, natural fiber-use, its repair service, as well as single use in no-use commitment. She will explain why Finisterre feels positive about the future and why it’s never too late to turn the tide on over-consumption and close the loop on a toxic industry.

Plastic-free textile fibers without harmful chemicals
Janne Poranen
The concept of plastic-free textile fibers manufactured without the use of harmful chemicals may sound too good to be true. But it’s not. While the textile industry is acknowledged as a major contributor to the planet’s microplastics problem, most fashion and retail brands are desperately scouting for more sustainable options. Soon, sustainable, affordable and scalable materials will become available. Finland’s Spinnova, for instance, is developing a cellulose-based textile fiber that involves no dissolving or harmful chemicals, which is a major differentiator to the man-made cellulosics available today. In addition to FSC-certified wood, Spinnova can also use the innovative spinning method on waste streams such as agricultural waste. During this presentation, delegates will be able to learn about Spinnova’s unique and innovative bio-based textiles, the inspiration behind the R&D, how the company achieves zero waste streams, its sustainable production processes and how it is currently working with several retail partners developing fibers to suit application uses such as apparel, footwear and non-wovens.

Learning from Nature: the long and the short of the plastics problem
Chris Holland
Research Lead
The University of Sheffield - FLIPT
The past year has seen a huge increase in public awareness of the global plastics problem. Yet despite our concern about the use of plastics, consumer demand for high-performance materials is forever increasing. The FLIPT project has been seeking to address this challenge by developing new ways to process plastics that are inspired by Nature, with an aim to introduce a potential 1000-fold energy saving to the industry. We will introduce you to our exciting and engaging collaborative work and give you an insight into how lessons from silk have been translated into processing materials; from synthetic polymers to spinning wood.

Materials innovation for sustainable sporting goods
Thierry Le Blan
Textile Engineer for Sustainable Development
This presentation will focus on the materials innovation results from the EU-funded Sport Infinity project, the aim of which was to identify and develop innovative, partly waste-based, long-fiber reinforced composites, in doing so enabling the automatic production of easily customisable plastic sports goods. Led by the sports brand adidas, the project – which launched in June 2015 – involves partners from multiple disciplines and expertise from five European Union countries. One of the partners, CETI (the Centre for European Textile Innovations), played a key role in helping to meet the project’s ambitious research targets, which focused overall on four main areas: the development of a co-creation user interface; material innovation; product and process innovation; and product design innovation.

From field to finished product: labeling and licensing
Franziska Dormann
European Represtentative
Global Organic Textile Standard
This presentation will detail the role and relevance of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the world’s leading standard for processing of textiles from certified organic natural fibers. The GOTS certification requires IFOAM’s Family of Standards Organic Production Standards for the raw fiber and sets stringent criteria along the entire textile value chain, including chemical input and International Labour Convention (ILO) social criteria. Only textile products made from at least 70% (label grade ‘Made with Organic’) or 95% (label grade ‘Organic’) certified organic raw materials can become GOTS certified. Certification to GOTS is a positive step for any company that has social responsibility at its core and guarantees to end users that along every step of the production process, from farm to finished product, the environment, the workers involved and the end user wearing the garment have been protected from the hazardous chemicals that are commonly used in textiles processing.

Panel Discussion: Plastic free - taking a media moment and making a corporate movement for our planet - More panellists to be announced
Nicole Rycroft
Founder and Executive Director
Phil Townsend
Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist
Marks & Spencer
Hua Sun
Chief Operating Officer
North American Green Pulp
In our quest to address the impacts of oil-based plastics, we need innovation that addresses one pressing environmental issue without making others worse. Join forest conservation not-for-profit Canopy and its corporate partners for a visionary discussion on supply chain transformation. From huge cost savings realized by reusing shipping boxes to cat-walking fashion away from endangered forests, panel participants will describe their successes and failures on their sustainability journey. The panel presentation will engage audience members in a dynamic and impactful exploration of the importance of forest protection in a plastic-free world.

Day2: June 28, 2019

Creating textiles using natural and recyclable sources
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cellulose-based materials as alternatives for plastics
Ali Harlin
Research Professor
As the most abundantly available natural polymer, cellulose is increasingly meeting the rising demand for sustainable textile fibers. Novel cellulose films provide novel properties and performance. By bringing thermoplastic properties to cellulose, it is possible to prepare high-quality materials that can be converted into, for instance, plastics for everyday applications, packaging materials, composites and textiles. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is an active developer of performing biomaterials from cellulose-based raw materials and was even recognized by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a Circular Materials Challenge winner for its compostable, lightweight cellulose film, which could be commercialized in the next few years. In this presentation, some of VTT’s latest findings and developments in the field will be discussed.

QMILK biopolymer: a sustainable and natural solution derived from a milk-based protein
Anke Domaske
This presentation will highlight some of the applications of the QMILK biopolymer fiber, which is manufactured using high concentrations of the milk protein ‘casein’ and a select few other natural ingredients (no chemicals are used). With up to two million tonnes of milk being disposed of each year in Germany alone, the concept is entirely sustainable. Sourced from dairies, once the casein is separated from the waste (soured) milk, it is supplied to QMILK in powdered form to be transformed into the biopolymer fiber, which can then be used in numerous sectors from fashion and home textiles to automotive and medical applications. The whole process has specifically been developed to be zero-waste and the resultant fiber is 100% biodegradable and can be recycled into a soil additive as part of any composting process. The manufacturing process is also highly sustainable – 1kg of fiber takes just five minutes to produce, two litres of water and a maximum temperature of 80°C.

Orange Fiber: crafting the future of Fashion through sustainability and innovation
Enrica Arena
Orange Fiber
Sustainable fashion is a goal for the future of our Planet and for the people who live there. It means a cultural and economic revolution, a radical shift from linear to a circular economy that involves the way we produce and consume. With Orange Fiber we are committed to bringing sustainable design and production values to the Fashion Industry, engaging industry professionals in build sustainable supply chain and adopt recycled and sustainable raw materials, raising awareness among consumers about their shopping habits and encouraging them to adopt a more conscious and sustainable attitude to fashion.

Bioplastics as a driver for sustainable outdoor gear
Clément Affholder
Polymer Scientist
As an outdoor sports outfitter, VAUDE has sustainability running as a green thread throughout its entire product life-cycle. Based on its own sustainability standard ‘Green Shape’ and on ambitious commitments to move away from fossil resources, VAUDE is driving the transformation of its industry toward the bio-economy and is looking into renewable carbon and natural fibers to create performant materials for outdoor apparel and gear.

Low-impact leather embracing circular economy principles and closed-looped systems
Irene-Marie Seelig
Amadou Leather

A new generation of bioplastics for value-added products – merging design and material science
Vlasta Kubusova
Crafting Plastics! Studio
Bio-based materials and circular economy have always been closely interconnected. In this presentation, the latest generation of NUATAN will be explored. Essentially a blend of two biopolymers, NUATAN is made from Polyactic Acid (PLA), a natural plastic derived from corn starch, and Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), made from corn starch that has been metabolized by microorganisms. With this new bio-based material, born out of a six-year research collaboration with material scientists at the Slovak University of Technology, Crafting Plastics! Studio wants to introduce completely biodegradable ready-to-wear products and added-value consumer goods that we use in our everyday lives. Through experimentation, collaboration and manufacturing, the product’s whole life-cycle is kept firmly in mind. And by establishing a transdisciplinary collaboration between the fashion industry, design and science, Crafting Plastics! Studio hopes to accelerate the transition to the circular economy.
Closing the loop on a circular economy for textiles in clothing
1:15 pm - 4:30 pm - a sustainable change agency creating product and system innovation for a circular economy in fashion and textiles
Jonna Haeggblom
Head of Marketing and Communication
Today, less than 1% of clothing is recycled into new clothing today. To transform the industry to circular practices, responsible, clever and creative decisions need to be taken in every aspect of a garment’s life - from choosing the right materials, design and construction, retail and use, to finally ensure reuse and recycling. has developed a digital platform for circular design and closed loop recycling. With a sleek and smart tracking solution, the platform enables a transparent flow of information between material suppliers, brands, customers and recyclers to collaboratively realise a circular economy for fashion and textiles.

Black gold versus waste PET – time for a rethink
Vivek Tandon
Founder and CEO
PerPETual Global Technologies Limited
Following years of innovation, perPETual’s investors, employees and partners have realized their vision – to profitably commercialize its revolutionary proprietary technology capable of transforming waste PET plastic back into sustainable (poly)esters. This discussion will reveal the company’s innovative process, a unique way to reverse-engineer used plastic PET bottles (i.e. multi-ester molecules) into sustainable esters (monomers). Its sustainable esters can then be used as the building blocks to manufacture all PET-based products such as bottles, polyester textiles, films, packaging, etc. Currently processing more than 2.5 million bottles a day, perPETual is now expanding its existing plant to more than 10 million bottles a day and is even in discussion with partners to build new plants globally.

Solvent-based recycling of PET and cellulose from end-of-life textiles
Adam Walker
Chief Scientific Officer
Worn Again Technologies
Using a combination of specifically formulated solvents, virgin-equivalent PET resin and cellulose pulp have been recovered from end-of-life textiles. The process removes dyes, additives, water, other polymers and environmental contaminants from the feed-stock and is applicable to any blend of PET and cellulosics (e.g. cotton), being able to accept up to 20% impurities. The dual outputs are obtained at sufficiently high purity and specification to enable return to the textiles supply chain, closing the loop for PET in clothing. This presentation will also discuss how the technology is being applied to waste bottles and PET packaging to produce textile-grade resin.

Beyond the capsule – getting circular fashion to scale
Harald Cavalli-Björkman
Head of Communications
The fashion industry has come some way in integrating post-industrial waste materials in products, but solutions for post-consumer materials have been lacking. Collection, sorting, processing technology and sheer logistics all pose obstacles to making high volume closed-loop recycling a reality. So, what would a workable system for recycling of old clothes at scale look like? In 2019, re:newcell and Bank & Vogue launched a unique industrial recycling partnership. 90 000 pairs of worn-out cotton jeans will now be transformed into virgin-equivalent rayon grade dissolving pulp using re:newcell’s patented upcycling technology.

Cradle-to-cradle textiles: enabling a circular economy with a scientific basis
Friederike Priebe
Innovation Management Textiles
EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH
Textiles are produced, worn, washed and finally dumped. The key message in Friederike’s presentation will be to define their use scenarios and develop processes and service systems that create circular systems for them. Backing up this philosophy, she will present best practices from global supply chains and optimization processes based on the cradle-to-cradle design principles to enable a truly circular product.

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