Industry Solutions for a World
FREE From Plastic Waste


9-10 November 2022, Cologne, Germany >> IN-PERSON



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 1,200 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 and will be held alongside The Greener Manufacturing Show. As well as 3 targeted conference tracks, Plastic Free World will now include a free-to-attend exhibition featuring more than 150 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?

More Than 200 Speakers

90+ Speakers 

Presenting practical strategies and innovative solutions for reducing plastic usage across a number of industries. Learn how to eliminate problematic and unnecessary plastics throughout your supply chain. Plus, new design and manufacturing solutions to help reduce material waste

150+ Exhibitors

150+ Exhibitors

Interact face-to-face with more than 150 expert participating companies, an increase of +400% on 2019. This is your opportunity to grow your network and build new relationships with other sustainability professionals looking to address the global plastic waste crisis, develop your knowledge, experience the latest technological innovations and hear from industry leaders

Co-Located with The Greener Manufacturing Show

Plastic Waste Free World Conference & Expo will take place alongside The Greener Manufacturing Show – the must-attend event for any sustainability-focused company looking to reduce the impact of their industrial and manufacturing processes on the environment and global climate change

‘3G Rule’ Required For All Participants

Prioritising Your Saftey

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

Over 90 Expert Speakers

More Than 150 Exhibitors


3 Conference Tracks

Eliminating Plastic Waste

Retail & Consumer Goods Packaging

The Greener Manufacturing Show Conference

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
  • Blockchain
  • Best practice in deposit refund schemes
  • Biocomposites
  • Bio-based feedstocks
  • Sustainable materials
  • Environmentally friendly fibres
  • Plastic substitutes
  • Biodegradability testing
  • Compostability testing
  • Recyclability testing
  • Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Microplastics
  • The business case for sustainable products
  • Opportunities from capturing the material value of plastics
  • Upcycling
  • Bioplastics
  • 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

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Advisory Board

Siân Sutherland

Co-founder  A Plastic Planet

David Newman

Managing Director  BBIA

Kathleen Rademan

Director Innovation Platform | Fashion for Good

Hasso von Pogrell

Managing Director | European Bioplastics

Berry Wiersum

CEO – Sappi Europe

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