Join us in the United States this year for the 3rd annual Plasticity Forum.
Plasticity is all about the future of plastic, and where the leaders are going with innovation, design, packaging, materials, recycling and solutions. This business event brings together producers, users, recyclers, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs, allowing everyone to learn from each other’s knowledge in this space. Dates and locations will be announced shortly.
The first Plasticity Forum was held in Rio de Janeiro at the the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and was followed by a highly successful event at the Asia Society in Hong Kong in June, 2013. Plasticity is about bringing together leaders who can learn and collaborate with one another to help scale up some of the great solutions which are now coming to market. The goal is to have a world where plastic is used, but without creating a plastic footprint on our communities. Plasticity Forums showcase sustainable solutions and market opportunities for transforming plastic waste into a valuable resource.
Plastic – A Wasted Opportunity
It’s versatile, it’s cheap, and it’s incredibly convenient. Yet despite being designed to throw away, plastic simply doesn’t go away.
Every year a staggering 280 million tons of plastic is produced globally, yet estimates suggest that only 10% each year is actually recycled. Capturing this waste stream presents a significant and untapped business opportunity, as does the redesign of packaging, and the thought process around waste creation.
The Plasticity Forum presents ideas on how to harness this material in new ways, both “pre” and “post” consumer use. Discussions focused on design, materials, innovations, re-use, and waste reduction, and we hope that this is a seed to create more discussions of this type across our communities.
Plasticity 2013: The Event
Plasticity Hong Kong was held on June 6th, 2013, and brought together leading practitioners from plastic supply chains, procurement, and post-consumer waste management in a one-day conference. The innovation-packed agenda, addressed key issues such as:
- Measuring, managing and reducing plastic dependency
- Transforming waste streams into revenue streams
- Design opportunities in packaging and product development
- Plastic waste-to-power solutions
- Investor support for plastic up-cycling
- Reducing the global impact of plastic waste
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the next Plasticity Forum, likely in New York City, in 2014. Stay tuned for more information. Please add your name to our mailing list if you are interested to be involved as a sponsor, speaker or attendee.
“You could have a perfectly sustainable idea but if you can’t find the partners to help turn that idea into a product and, thereafter, to make that product into a commercial success, then we think that you’re not truly innovating. Plasticity is so exciting because it brings together a broad range of great minds across different areas in the same place at the same time. For Method that’s a rich environment for sharing ideas and creating partnerships which can ultimately help solve the challenges in designing and bringing to market sustainable products which people love and want to use.”
Chief Person Against Dirty
“The Rio 20+ Plasticity event was perfectly organized … making this absolutely worthwhile to sponsor and attend. I truly look forward to the following Plasticity event next year. Congratulations to the organizers!”
Long Term Innovation Manager
Waste Management Dialogue
On June 5th, we also hosted a session called “Hong Kong’s Waste Management Dialogue” at the HK Stock Exchange Auditorium, in coordination with the HK University’s Faculty of Law. Information is included below, but this event will also have a follow-on discussion for the community, in the coming months.