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


Plastic Free World Conference & Expo North America will 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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Packaging & Consumer Goods

At Plastic Free World Conference & Expo in Europe, 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, 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 explore in detail the new innovations in design, bio-based materials and manufacturing solutions that will help the North American packaging industry and retailers create products and solutions that are readily recyclable, re-usable, 100% biodegradable and compostable.

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 companies such as Coca-Cola, Danone, Red Bull and Nestlé (who attended our European event) 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. This is especially the case in North America. 

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, while 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 with fast fashion particularly bearing the brunt of criticism. Our insatiable appetite for clothes comes with a huge social and environmental price tag: carbon emissions, water use, chemical and plastic pollution are all destroying our environment. Indeed, the fashion industry is the second-largest polluter in the world, after the oil industry. Ultimately, innovation in the way clothes are made has not kept pace with the acceleration of how they are designed and marketed. But some in the apparel industry are taking action, with companies that specialize in outdoor gear, such as Patagonia, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Arc’teryx – who all attended Plastic Free World Conference & Expo in Europe – leading the charge. In this session, 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. While production methods that are more sustainable may cost more, you will hear that they can also spur innovation and protect businesses from supply-chain shocks and reputation risks, resulting in greater resilience and profitability.

25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track

Renewable & Bio-Based Materials for Manufacturing Industries

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo in Europe 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 Plastic Free World Conference & Expo North America, 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

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