From Green Materials & Chemicals To Sustainable Manufacturing Innovations And Bio-based Solutions, All The Tools You Need To Create A World Free From Plastic Waste & Pollution



In 2021, Plastic Free World Conference & Expo will build on the core themes of previous years. Some of the world’s leading companies and brands will demonstrate exactly how they are implementing the sustainable materials innovations and business models that have become staple for Plastic Free World, making it the must-attend event in the calendar. As well as industry-specific applications and solutions for reducing plastic waste and creating more circular and sustainable products, our Greener Manufacturing Show conference stream will explore green chemistry. We will widen the scope of environment-positive materials, while also exploring sustainable manufacturing practices to minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources

Your conference pass gives you access to all tracks and sessions!

Eliminating Plastic Waste

The world’s leading brands and companies lift the lid on their sustainability success stories, actionable frameworks and best practice, and reveal how they are progressing to business operations in which plastic never becomes waste

  • Eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging
  • The exploration of innovative re-use business models
  • Redesign and innovative business models, materials, packaging design and reprocessing technologies
  • Re-use, recycling and composting in practice – how to increase recycling capacity, collection and sorting solutions
  • Reducing our reliance on fossil feed-stocks
  • Qualitative and quantitative transparency

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

Retail & Consumer Goods Packaging

In this stream, we will once again explore in detail the new circular innovations to help the global packaging industry and retailers create products and solutions that are 100% circular and environmentally friendly. Contributions from experts will include

  • Design for recycling to future-proof your business, the economy and the planet
  • Design for re-use to optimize resources and reduce waste
  • Reducing and removing packaging
  • Enhancing the environmental footprint of your packaging with eco-design and life-cycle thinking
  • Phasing out fossil fuel-based plastic packaging and substituting them with bio-based alternatives
  • Alternative materials (paper, metal, glass, etc)
  • Increasing recyclable content and fostering new recycling techniques
  • Rethinking packaging concepts

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

Plus Access to The Greener Manufacturing Show Conference Stream

Sustainable Materials

We are just at the beginning of a revolution in materials innovation that will yield both significant environmental benefits as well as substantial profits for manufacturing companies aiming to deliver products that feature alternatives to resource-intensive materials

  • Eco-friendly alternatives to conventional plastics: switching to renewable biomass sources, recyclable materials, green polymers and green bio-based products
  • The role of the bioeconomy in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals – a key enabler in the transition to a more circular, renewable and resource‐
    efficient society
  • New fabrication methods for the production of high-performance, greener, less-toxic materials
  • Evaluating the sustainability and carbon impact of different materials: glass, paper, plastic, bioplastic, metal and more
  • New regulations and trends
  • Renewable feed-stocks
  • Understanding biodegradability, compostability and true sustainability
  • Designing materials for recycling, re-use, re-purposing

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

Green Chemicals

This stream will explore how ‘Green Chemistry’ can reduce pollution at its source by minimizing or eliminating the hazards of chemical feed-stocks, reagents, solvents and products

  • Tapping the potential of green chemistry: inventing and innovating new and non-hazardous solvents, surfactants, materials, processes and products
  • Sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Use of renewable raw materials, cost-effective operation and material production
  • Sustainable chemicals management – anticipating legislation, saving costs and developing circular solutions
  • Developing methods to reduce or prevent waste, save energy, develop alternative energy sources, and innovative use of existing natural resources

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

Net Zero Manufacturing 

Manufacturing activities have led to the creation of huge amounts of waste, the exploitation of natural resources, and excessive consumption of energy. This stream will focus on decarbonizing your operations to create the green factory of the future and help to deliver net zero emissions

  • Technology advancements to optimize efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability across the full manufacturing life-cycle, including the supply chain
  • Integrating Industry 4.0 and sustainability – collaborative robots, 3D printing, augmented reality and big data

  • Factory automation and digital manufacturing
  • Implementing win-win actions that benefit the environment and create financial value: revolutionary advances in productivity and efficiency without the downsides of waste or pollution
  • Increasing energy efficiency, changing processes and/or technologies, switching fuel and/or power sources
  • Clean power generation: green hydrogen, electric vehicles, smart grids, energy storage systems, green heating

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

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