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Plasticity Shanghai – April 27-28th, 2016 “Material Solutions for Undervalued Resources”

“We are excited to announce that the 5th annual Plasticity Forum will be held in Shanghai on April 27th and 28th, with the main event on the 27th – “Material Solutions for Undervalued Resources”

The 28th will comprise of a half-day design workshop – “Material Design for Sustainability – Plastic as a Long Term Resource” on the 28th, with our partners Successful Design and Green Initiatives. This coincides with the ChinaPlas event in the city, and the event will include a tour of some of the ChinaPlas show on the 26th. We are very excited to be bringing this event to China, and we look forward to having you involved. Stay tuned for more information, and our latest newsletter is included here.”

Last Year’s Plasticity Forum – Cascais, Portugal 2015

The Plasticity Forum held its 4th annual event on June 8 – 9th in Cascais, Portugal. Click here to see all the excellent presentations. Building on the success of the previous Plasticity Forums in Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong and New York, this year’s forum focused on “Designing for Circularity, Customer Engagement, Reverse Supply Chains and Reaching Scale.” Click here to read our press release.

Watch our videos here:

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. Plasticity is unique in its forward looking, collaborative discussion on what is happening, and how we can work together, to scale waste reduction of this valuable resource. The event brings together decision makers, innovators, brands, international associations, policy makers, and many more. You won’t want to miss this big discussion on plastic, and what companies and organizations are doing to reduce its waste impact.

Pousada Every year 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 and opens up discussions on how to harness this material in new ways, both “pre” and “post” consumer use.

We address design, materials, innovations, re-use, and waste reduction in the aim of encouraging further innovations within plastic use and powerful collaborations between our community which includes producers, users, recyclers, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs. The forum is form part of a global series of events in Portugal related to the ocean and our communities that surround it, including The Economist’s World Ocean Summit and Portugal’s Blue Week.



In June 2015, Portugal will host the Blue Week, a meeting platform for all of those who care about the ocean.The Blue Week has three dimensions: business dynamics, strategic thinking and political discussion. Portugal wants to be a reference in the international discussion and action on the ocean. Its maritime vocation, its strategic position and Portugal’s will to build a sustainable blue economy are orientating the country’s navigation. Will you join this adventure? Click here to learn more.


The Economist Events’ third World Ocean Summit will be held 3rd June, 2015, in Cascais, Portugal. The Summit ambitiously aims to set a new global agenda for the ocean economy, as it will convene more than 250 global leaders from various sectors with direct interests in the oceans and igniting a constructive dialogue on solution. This event will be a great warm-up for Plasticity, since we’ll discuss the prevention of plastic in our waters and how to scale solutions in our communities and business environments. For more information about this event, click here.

Plasticity Forums

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.

If you missed our event in New York last year, you can view some of the presentations on our Blog/Presentations tab for videos and presentations.

Please contact us to find out more information so that you can be part of our event in 2015: hello@plasticityforum.com