Innovations And Bio-based Solutions To Create A World Free From Plastic Waste & Pollution

FIVE INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRY CONFERENCE TRACKS

In 2020, Plastic Free World Conference & Expo will once again cover a number of cross-industry topics focusing on five key verticals with industry-specific applications and solutions for reducing plastic waste as well as creating more circular and sustainable products through advanced design, construction, materials, testing, and reuse and recycling strategies.

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Retail & Consumer Goods Packaging

In 2019, we welcomed global brands such as IKEA, Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal, Unilever, Microsoft and Schwarz Gruppe, to name a few – all companies aggressively trying to close the loop on their plastic usage by looking into alternative materials for their products. There has undoubtedly been some progress in the past 12 months, yet there are still calls from governments and consumers for the global packaging industry to eliminate single-use and unnecessary plastics and it remains clear that clean-up operations and recycling efforts are not enough. In this two-day session, we will once again explore in detail the new innovations in design, bio-based materials and manufacturing solutions that will help the global packaging industry and retailers create products and solutions that are readily recyclable, re-usable, 100% biodegradable and compostable.

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

Food & Beverage

Plastic has become the ultimate material for creating food-grade packaging and catering solutions but it has also become a major contributor to our global plastic crisis – this is something that 2019 attendees such as Coca-Cola, Danone, Red Bull and Nestlé clearly want to reverse. But packaging and solutions for food can be made from a wide variety of polymers, which often makes them difficult to recycle. What is becoming clear is that the problem is too big for recycling alone, and with more and more governments and consumers around the world calling for a complete ban on single-use plastic, it is clear that the industry must find innovative and alternative solutions. In 2019, we presented a multitude of available concepts and in 2020 we will provide a platform to unveil a whole lot more.

In this stream, we will bring the entire industry supply chain together to create and design products and catering solutions that will meet food and beverage manufacturers requirements, whilst eliminating unnecessary plastics, introduce the use of new bio-based materials, and test them to ensure they are more easily recyclable, reusable or 100% biodegradable.

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

Fashion & Textiles

Over the course of the past 12 months, the fashion and textiles sector has come under increasing scrutiny in respect of its sustainability efforts. Some are already ahead of the game. Globally renowned brands such as Patagonia, M&S, Hugo Boss and H&M joined materials specialists such as Spinnova, Stora Enso and Orange Fiber in 2019 to discuss their success stories. In this 2020 session, though, many more leaders from the clothing, fashion and textile industry will gather to hear acknowledged experts share knowledge of new manufacturing solutions, innovative environmentally friendly fibers and materials, treatments and solutions to reduce the release of microfibers, and how to design products that are easily recycled after use to create a more circular economy.

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

Renewable & Bio-based Materials for Manufacturing Industries

In 2019, Plastic Free World Conference & Expo attracted a wide variety of manufacturers from industries such as automotive, aerospace and electronics to furniture, fashion and sporting goods. Companies in these sectors such as IKEA, Adidas, Boeing, HP and H&M are actively searching for bioplastics, biocomposites, renewable and bio-based materials, including but not limited to wood, hemp, soy, wheat straw, kenaf, coconut, cotton and flax, not only to help them reduce their reliance on petroleum-based alternatives but to help them achieve their overall sustainability goals. In this brand-new stream for 2020, you will discover how transitioning to these materials, which boast a lower overall environmental impact and carbon emissions across the entire life-cycle, will not only enhance your green credentials but also that the business case for doing so makes perfect sense.

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

Closing the Loop

Plastics have provided society with huge benefits, not least in applications such as food packaging, transportation and healthcare. The problem we face today is not so much the material but rather our relationship with it in a linear model of production, consumption and waste. Huge volumes of waste continue to leak into the environment every year, much of it broken down into microplastics that are almost impossible to capture and are threatening entire species – fish, birds, other marine life and, as we now know, even human beings. Strategies aimed at tackling global plastic pollution are therefore taking their lead from the circular economy by examining how existing resources can be recovered, re-imagined and endlessly recycled back into value chains. What’s clear is that the current system is failing to capture the economic benefits of plastics. Thus, we need to stop thinking of it as a waste but as a renewable resource that needs to be disposed of correctly. This new stream will investigate the technologies, models and strategies that manufacturers and producers can call upon to cut unnecessary use and close the loop.

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

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