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Our Plastic World: Designed for Reuse, But Often Tossed Aside

Last week, we introduced you to the Plasticity Forum, an organization that works to bring designers, innovators, economists and all-around thinkers to the table to discuss plastic pollution and what should be done about it. Economy and recovery were our previous topics. This week, we’ll examine plastic design and how it’s being used for more environmentally friendly missions.

Pre-Designed for Recyclability

As mentioned in part one, plastic is an inexpensive material that allows manufacturers to safely package their products while saving money. Nothing wrong with putting cheap materials to good use, except our lack of recycling efforts have led to some nasty repercussions, especially when one considers where plastic comes from.

Our Plastic World: Designed for Reuse, But Often Tossed Aside

Plasticity Forums Return to the U.S. This Spring

With growing focus on plastic pollution and the challenges it presents, the Plasticity Forum brings together motivated, like-minded experts from across the plastics spectrum to discuss the opportunities that can result as solutions are introduced. Plasticity convenes leaders to share information, network, and primarily discuss best practices about scalable, innovative solutions to reduce the waste footprint left by plastics in our communities and environment. It attracts high-level participants from brand owners, plastics product makers, NGOs, resin and biomaterial suppliers, educators, designers, recyclers, consultants and more.

Plasticity Forums Return to the U.S. This Spring

Our Plastic World: Promoting Sustainability Through a Circular Economy

This is the first piece in a three-part series about recycling and the efforts of the Plasticity Forum.

Plastic is everywhere: in our homes, our offices, our schools – we can’t seem to get away from it. Even products not made of plastic are usually wrapped in it.

It isn’t all bad. Plastic is a cheap material that allows manufacturers to package merchandise with ease while saving money. Lower costs mean companies can charge less. This stimulates spending and keeps our economy healthy. But recycling is also economically feasible, and we’re just not doing it enough.

Our Plastic World: Promoting Sustainability Through a Circular Economy

Plasticity Event Draws Recyclers and Designers

Plasticity London – Designers are arguably one of the missing links to solving some of the complex solutions related to plastic pollution – designing for recycling, and societal process flow in terms of resource recovery. Those who know the issues will be better able to drive expansion of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) and UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) that many of the brands and clients they work for are striving to meet.

Plasticity Event Draws Recyclers and Designers

Plastic Waste crisis unites designers and plastics experts at London forum

The Plasticity Forum in London included a unique range of global expert speakers on the topic of plastic sustainability, with challenges and opportunities that included the manufacturing needs for an innovative single-material shampoo bottle, the use of calcium carbonate from large volumes of egg shells as a filler for any types of polymers which can benefit from its inclusion. Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO of Italy’s Aquafil Group, spoke about his firm’s unique fiber recycling capacities from carpet tiles and used fishing nets. Aquafil has a growing program with carpet maker Interface, which sources fishing nets from local communities in the Philippines and Cameron. Mr. Bonazzi, and Miriam Turner from Interface said that “over 100 tons of nets have been collected, with over 55,000 families impacted by a cleaner environment, and over 600 families now having access to micro finance as a result of the Net-Works program.”

Plastic Waste crisis unites designers and plastics experts at London forum

Designers are the Key to Plastic Pollution Solutions

Plasticity is positioned as part of the London Design Festival because often the design community is not involved with sustainability discussions, options and opportunities. As a result, they may not realize all of the issues and complexities which are associated with plastic vis-à-vis materials, processes and recycled content. Entrepreneurs, innovators and designers will be part of Plasticity, one of the biggest sustainability events of the LDF.

Held most recently this past spring in Shanghai, the event brings together experts from across the plastics spectrum to discuss innovation and the dynamics of scaling processes, materials and recycling to reduce waste and create value.

Designers are the Key to Plastic Pollution Solutions

Designing for the Future - Plastic and the Circular Economy

Don’t miss speakers from IDEO, HP, Accenture, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Just Egg and many more, all experts on plastic sustainability, without the footprint.

Designing for the Future - Plastic and the Circular Economy

Plasticity London "Designing for the Future - Plastic and Circularity"

The aim of Plasticity Forum London 2016 is to recognize the value that plastics bring to society, while also embracing both sustainability and the circular economy. The event will offer “a big conversation on the future of plastic,” and discuss where opportunities can be created related to recycled content, resource recovery, job creation and waste reduction.

Plasticity London

Plasticity London - September 21, 2016 - Flyer

“Designing for the Future – Plastic and the Circular Economy.”

Plasticity London - September 21, 2016 - Flyer
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