Archived Webinar

Circular Economy and Plastics

"The plastics sector is due for a reboot, driven by circular and sustainable principles."

Plastic is durable and malleable, among its many attractive qualities that are well-suited for continued reuse and re-circulation in a closed-loop system. Yet, we live in a mostly linear economy where plastics, as a material, are a prime example of risks and dangers associated with a non-organic or technical material leaking into the natural environment. 

In this session, we explore how and why the plastics industry is at a watershed moment, as regulators and buyers are moving in favor of circular solutions to mitigate the plastics waste crisis; beyond the environmental impetus, the economic opportunity is massive. Speakers discuss how players that move ahead and innovate, be it in scaling reuse/recycle models or adopting alternative materials, stand to gain greater market share and consumer acceptance. Those that do not could lose their societal ‘license to operate' or face negative repercussions from tightening regulation. 

About the Presenters

Roland Geyer

Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Roland Geyer is a Professor at Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

Jane von Rabenau

CEO and founder, Siklus, Indonesia

Jane von Rabenau is the CEO and founder of Siklus, an Indonesian start-up that aims to reinvent the system of retail by selling consumer products in reusable packaging

Seah Kian Hoe

Founder and Managing Director, Heng Hiap Industries

Seah Kian Hoe is the founder and managing director of Heng Hiap Industries, a company that develops and innovates plastic recycling technology.

Michael Saltzberg

Director, Biomaterials, DuPont

Michael Saltzberg is the Global Business Director for Biomaterials at DuPont.

Sander Defruyt

New Plastics Economy Initiative, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Sander Defruyt is the New Plastics Economy Initiative at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which brings together key stakeholders to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging.

Juliet Kabera

Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority

Juliet Kabera is the Director General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority.

Questions Submitted

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Sep 30, 2022
Great Webinar


- Jul 26, 2022

jose luis

- Jul 26, 2022
muy bueno
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