The world’s largest event dedicated to discussing materials innovations, technologies and circular economy solutions to create a world FREE from waste plastic
Plastic Waste Free World Conference & Expo has rapidly become the must-attend international conference and exhibition for any company looking for new technologies, materials, and solutions to help realize their plastic waste targets and source the latest innovations driving the new circular economy.
The event presents an unbiased opportunity to explore and discuss this highly complex issue with world-leading experts from a number of different industries, and to offer a wide range of new technologies, materials and business practises that will have a positive impact in reducing global plastic pollution, as well as increasing the sustainability of your products. The event attracts more than 3,500 attendees from the entire supply chain including major manufacturers, brand owners, retailers, materials experts, circular economy experts, government organizations, NGOs, the recycling industry, and the plastics sector to engage in discussions that will help reduce waste plastic in the environment.
In 2022 the event will take place in-person at Koelnmesse on the 9th & 10th of November 2022 and will be held alongside The Greener Manufacturing Show. As well as targeted conference tracks, Plastic Waste Free World will now include a free-to-attend exhibition featuring more than 250 companies leading the way forward in producing new materials, packaging solutions, manufacturing technologies, and new ways to use plastic waste as a valuable manufacturing resource for a wide range of industries and applications.
With ever-evolving regulations on single-use plastics and increasing global urgency to find new solutions that will address the global plastic waste challenge – particularly in light of 2020’s pandemic perhaps delaying or derailing many sustainability goals and objectives – this is your opportunity to get back on track and connect and exchange the latest innovations to enact meaningful change.
What’s on in 2022?
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The exhibition is the perfect opportunity to grow your network and build new relationships with other sustainability professionals looking to address the global plastic waste crisis.
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4 Focused Conference Tracks
More Than 200 Speakers
More Than 700 Attendees
Returning in 2022 as a face-to-face physical meeting in Cologne, with more expert speakers, more topics covered, more exhibitors – even more reasons to be a part of the world’s most influential international conference and exhibition for companies looking for technical, manufacturing and materials innovations to help reduce their global plastic footprints.
Focused Conference Tracks
4 Focused Conference Tracks For 2022
Retail & Consumer Goods & Retail Packaging
Fashion & Textiles
Increasing Sustainability In Manufacturing
A Holistic Approach to Tackling Plastic Waste and Creating a Circular Economy
Topics Under Discussion Will Include:
- Eliminating single-use plastics throughout the supply chain
- Government regulations
- Reducing unnecessary plastics
- How to go plastic-free
- Improving recyclability of products and packaging
- Bio-based materials
- Marine/aquatic clean-up technologies
- Chemical recycling and waste-to-X
- Best practice in deposit refund schemes
- Bio-based feedstocks
- Sustainable materials
- Environmentally friendly fibres
- Plastic substitutes
- Biodegradability testing
- Compostability testing
- Recyclability testing
- Extended Producer Responsibility
- The business case for sustainable products
- Opportunities from capturing the material value of plastics
- Increased use of recycled materials
- New manufacturing solutions
- 100% biodegradable polymers
- Circular economy principles to address plastic pollution
- International perspectives on plastic waste management
- Industry 4.0 and the waste sector
- Big Data and data visualization
- Artificial intelligence, robotics and automated learning in waste recycling
2022 Gold Sponsors
2022 Silver Sponsors
Co-founder – A Plastic Planet
Hasso von Pogrell
CEO – Sappi Europe
Media Partners & Supporters
Companies That Attend Incude:
What Our Attendees Say About The Event
Plastic Free World Conference 2019 was a very good forum to meet, discuss and network with brands from different product categories, with a variety of industries, universities and NGOs. This is a valuable forum regarding ‘plastic free’ products. As a global wood-based cellulose fiber producer, Lenzing is excited to join the conference next year.
The Plastic Free World Conference 2019 was, for us, a great show to take part in. Attendees were varied, which kept debates challenging and open, with anti-plastic speakers from one end of the spectrum through to plastic manufacturers looking for environmental solutions to their recycling and production models. The presentations were excellent and well curated, and it wasn’t focused on outand- out trade – people weren’t there to sell, they were there to find and create answers to questions around plastic pollution. Aside from attendees, the show itself was superbly run – the information in advance was great, the venue worked well, and the food excellent. As a company we felt looked-after and valued – the team went above and beyond to help us.
Exhibiting at the Plastic Free World Conference enabled us to meet large organizations not only from the UK but on a global perspective, to uncover potential opportunities. It also enabled us to have conversations with like-minded suppliers and manufacturers to develop our network in the plastic-free arena!
Plastic Free World Conference 2019 was a pleasant surprise. The organization was impeccable and the set-up quite clever. The companies attending had the common goal of offering sustainable solutions to reduce plastic waste and that’s the perfect environment for us to present our initiatives in renewable plastics and circular economy.
A Plastic Planet
We were proud and pleased to be there at the Plastic Free World Conference. There was an extraordinary level of speakers taking part, everybody was so engaged, showcasing some excellent materials and pioneering ideas that we can all learn from. The world is going to have a very different future if we all embrace these technologies. At A Plastic Planet, we were very proud to have been associated with this event.
Plastic Free World 2019 was an excellent platform to showcase our state-of-the-art solutions and innovations
and a great opportunity to make business contacts focusing on sustainable solutions. We met all the potential buyers, converters, raw materials suppliers at a single platform where they had access to new products and technologies. The exhibition and conference allows live demonstration, product launches, touch and feel of the product and networking opportunities to potential further foster sales.
CelluComp Government & NGO
I have been to many different conferences and I have to say that this was one of the most productive I’ve ever had.
I got the sense that the group assembled were there to learn, were entrepreneurial and were ready to have constructive conversations. I was also encouraged to see a good mix from parties within the value chain. This final point is very important.
Considering it had to be virtual, I thought the conference was great. The setup was easy to navigate and I could watch the material in my own time. While not all of the content was relevant to me, it was nice to hear from others who were facing similar issues and struggles. The highlights for me were the panel discussion on changes to biopolymer replacements, which is relevant to my work and we are undergoing similar issues that were shared in this, and the presentation about biodegradable polymers for a plastics-free world. I thought this was a great scientific presentation.
When we consider the restrictions that we are living with today, Plastic Free World provided a very interactive alternative experience. My take away is that there is a diverse community of global organizations focused on the bio-economy and reduction of plastic either through recycling or reduction. There were several presentations that I enjoyed but a few I found very insightful such as biobased versus compostable, financing innovative plastic recycling and bioplastics plants: bankability considerations and bio-based feed-stocks to achieve new properties with polyurethane materials to name but a few. These presentations covered topics of particular interest to our business development and strategy.
Plastic Free World was very insightful. There were lots of great talks and conversations. One of the best conferences attended this year. Although the virtual format might not be ideal, it allowed me to watch many more talks and connect with lots of interesting companies and people in an efficient manner compared to the traditional format. Thank you so much for putting it together in spite of all the challenges. Looking forward to PFW 2021!
The European Container Glass Federation
My impression of Plastic Free World Virtual Summit was very positive as I think this event had big echo at market and political level. The participation was very informative. There is a whole dynamic set in place that has the objective to replace non-recyclable plastics, and make sure that priority is given to circular economy models. There is still a lot of work to be done, but events like yours give the possibility to exchange best practice in one shot. The event was very well organised. Bravo!
Plastic Free World Virtual Summit was well prepared, technically very well organized, straight forward set up and web design easy to understand and it was well worth attending. For anyone involved in a sustainability discussion, plastic is the number one topic to focus and to improve for the better. I specifically liked and found useful the presentations by Henkel, Stora Enso, Amcor and the legislation explanatory ones like the Basel Convention Amendment.
The virtual format allowed me to take notes in a more efficient way than I can when I attend events in-person. As a B2B company active in the food sector, the focus on the food industry and beverages, and the focus on the packaging, was interesting. The conference enabled me to have a look at the most advanced players and solutions in the packaging industry for food: I now know whom to contact, and how to challenge my actual suppliers.
My overall impression of the conference was very good. There was a great diversity of speakers and all were very knowledgeable. I was able to pick the feeling of the market and also some of the new ideas. From the event I have managed to find potentially new suppliers and also where weas a company need to move to comply with latest legislation. I think the conference went well and particularly liked the idea that by it being virtual we could hear from both speakers in Europe and also in North America so thing I may have not been able to do had they been physical events.
Royal College of Art
In these days of continual Zoom conferencing there has a been a growth in low-grade information as everyone (and their dog) can broadcast it. What Plastic Free World Virtual Summit offered was quality information. I write for the trade press, but also sit on things like WRAP. The paper by Sophie Mather was top-draw information; I did not listen to everything but picked the papers I wanted. The ease of access to the presentations was a strong point. Waste (which is seen as the biggest problem of plastic) is more about behavior change by the consumers than having lower impact garments (I work around textiles).
It worked very well, the structure and interfaces worked flawlessly. I was able to get a better feel for where the industry is moving, as well some specific technology opportunities, that I will now follow up on. I work for a branded goods company, where the role of plastic and our approach to dealing with negatives form a major element of my role. The ability to go back to recordings and access the slides afterwards was a bonus. I missed the ability to explore the exhibitors’ stand and the loss of networking opportunities that only come with a ‘face to face’ session but still, I really liked the structure and set up.
Nilorn is a branding company – we design and manufacture branding solutions for our clients which are mainly from the textile/fashion industry. It was fantastic event stuffed with great content. I got a lot of deeper insights about plastic related to fashion and packaging – and its alternatives. With all the different presentations and panels looking at this from different perspectives, I have now a wider picture which I will share in my company. What was my key takeaways? The complexity of packaging – the hype of compostable/biodegradable packaging. Where does it make sense and where not? Circularity in fashion – barriers and what brands can do today. I most liked the panels – very inspiring to listen to experts from different industries.
The Plastic Free World Virtual Summit was well organized and included many top brands, manufacturers, industry stakeholders, and sustainability partners. There was good representation of the supply chain, key individuals, and sustainable topics. I made some good connections through the virtual breakout and then LinkedIn. Paper-based options can be a plastic alternative for sustainable paper and packaging solutions. Our interest in this conference provided valuable industry insight by brands and experts in this space.