The post-plastics revolution is now in full swing with a surge in innovation in plastic alternatives in recent years, matched by a wave of new corporate commitments that have aimed to set a new agenda for packaging and waste. While the public has declared an all out war on plastics, new products, processes and technologies have helped companies come to terms with the opportunities that exist to move their products and supply chains beyond single-use plastics, and potentially harness competitive benefits in doing so. But market innovation needs to go hand-in-hand with the appropriate public infrastructure, policies and cross-sector partnerships that can enable a shift beyond individual companies.

This event will showcase some of the developments that are forging a future beyond single-use plastics, bringing together innovators and industry leaders to discuss how progress in the science of post-plastics is implemented in the real world. How can companies collaborate to shape a favourable ecosystem for plastics alternatives? How can waste management systems adapt more quickly to support plastics innovation? What more needs to happen to encourage innovation, and reduce the risks and unintended consequences of these rapid market shifts? These challenges are also unparalleled opportunities for organisations to show meaningful and science-based public leadership on plastic pollution.

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Event for: Directors/ Heads of: Sustainability, Innovation, Supply chains, R&D, Waste management, Manufacturing and CSR-related fields


  • Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez

    Co-founder and Co-CEO, Notpla
  • Niall Dunne

    CEO, Polymateria
  • John Williams

    Technical Director, Aquapak
  • Daphna Nissenbaum

    CEO and Co-Founder, TIPA
  • Laure Cucuron

    General Manager, TerraCycle & Loop Europe
  • Richard Kirkman

    Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Veolia UK & Ireland
  • David Newman

    MD, Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association
  • Mark Dempsey

    Sustainability Manager for UK and Ireland, HP
  • Paula Chin

    Sustainable Materials Specialist, WWF UK

Round Tables

  • At this event our usual topical roundtables will be replaced by a hackathon-style discussion on how a broad range of business issues can be integrated in the different stages of the (post-)plastics economy
  • Reduce
    Each year the world produces around 300 million tonnes of plastic, 50% of which is single use, according to Plastic Oceans. Whilst improved systems for recycling and reusing plastics are crucial to reducing plastic waste, reducing plastic production and consumption are key. Companies are responding fast to consumer demands to see less plastic in supply chains, whether this is through a reduction in superfluous packaging, or replacing plastic with reusable and recyclable materials such as glass, card and steel. However, such a shift poses fundamental challenges to supply chains and individual consumer behaviours are not always being incentivised by what’s currently on offer. How does plastic reduction affect other parts of the business model and how can plastic alternatives be used in a way that is truly more sustainable across all environmental impact measures? Beyond replacing plastic with other materials, what role can companies take in encouraging consumers to change their own consumption patterns and become less reliant on disposable conveniences?
  • Reuse
    Light, cheap and hardwearing, plastics - when used wisely - are an important part of our current packaging systems. Yet with excessive reliance on single-use plastics in our supply chains, there is increasing impetus to rethink the packaging life cycle. Different businesses and organisations are now working to demonstrate what a smarter use of plastics look like. How we move away from a single-use system is key in these initiatives, whether working towards a refill or direct model. Companies have launched discount and reward initiatives to help customers understand the trade-offs of single-use packaging and change their own behaviours. But will the voluntary behaviour of individual consumers be enough to create the large-scale change that is needed? How can reuse and refill initiatives alleviate pressure on existing waste and recycling management systems to create a shared plastics agenda? Are current business-led efforts adequately supported by government policy and infrastructure development?
  • Recycle
    According to DEFRA, less than half of plastic waste in the UK is recycled with the majority ending up in our natural environments. The consequent impact on ecosystems, wildlife and water pollution are widely acknowledged. Meanwhile, public confidence in the effectiveness of plastic recycling is undermined by the obscurity of waste processing systems and poor understanding of what can and can’t be recycled. In this waste landscape, businesses have been stepping up to take control of their own plastic waste lifecycles, as well as investing in cross-sector partnerships to promote responsible recycling. What does the post-plastics revolution mean for new business models, public infrastructure, and partnerships with local waste management around the world? How are companies investing in partnerships which enable new ways of moving towards a global circular economy? How are recycling systems shaping commercial product development, and what role can existing waste infrastructure and government policy play in catalysing plastics innovation? Beyond packaging design and innovation, how can new technologies help predict disposal and waste cycles and enable smart responses to the plastics lifecycle?
  • Reimagine
    Challenging our reliance on single use plastic has also prompted organisations to look holistically at their supply chains, business models, and how their work fits into broader economic systems. In reimagining plastic itself, we are also prompted to rethink redundant practices and invest in innovative approaches to sustainability solutions. In this context, there is a further opportunity for businesses to show leadership by demonstrating a whole- systems approach to plastic which accounts for unintended consequences and environmental trade-offs. How does the post-plastics agenda fit into broader zero-carbon targets and value chains? How can policymaking in a post-plastics economy accelerate a wider transition to clean growth? As well as progressing towards their own targets, how can companies help catalyse a larger national and international change? How can we apply lessons from the post-plastics revolution to other ecological and sustainability problems?


  • 16.30 - 17.00
  • 17.00 - 18.00
    Opening lightning talks from Niall Dunne, CEO, Polymateria; Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, Co-founder and CEO, Notpla; Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and Co-Founder, TIPA; John Williams, Technical Director, Aquapak
  • 18.00 - 18.45
    Roundtable discussions
  • 18.45 - 19.15
    Networking break
  • 19.15 - 20.30
    The Crowd LATES evening panel discussion and podcast recording with Laure Cucuron, General Manager, TerraCycle & Loop Europe; Mark Dempsey, Sustainability Manager, HP; Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Veolia UK & Ireland; David Newman, MD, Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association

Venue Details

66 Portland Place,

Who's Attending

Co Founder A Plastic Planet
Commercial Sustainability Manager AkzoNobel
Snr Sustainability Manager Amazon
Technical Director Amey
Sustainability controller Arcadia Group
Partner Archipelago Eco Investors
Director of Devices & Circuits Research Arm
Director BayNel
Knowledge Expert BCG
Representative Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA),
Corporate Sustainability Associate BloombergNEF
BNP Paribas Global Sustainability Ambassador BNP Paribas
Business Development Lead BP
Sustainability Manager British American Tobacco
Senior Standards Manager BSI
Director Business in the Community
Sustainability Manager Canary Wharf
VP, Sustainability Coca-Cola European Partners
Senior Manager CoGen
Project Manager Costa Coffee
Environment Manager Crossrail Limited
B Corp Director Danone
Founder CEO Delphis Eco
Director Investor Relations Diageo
Supply Chain & Property Services Director EDF Energy
Corporate Sustainability Associate Estee Lauder Companies
Senior Consultant Forster Communications
Acting Associate Director, Europe Forum for the Future
Managing Director Global Ethics Ltd (One water)
Head of HSEQ Global Outdoor Media
Founder Good Club
Sustainability Manager Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust
Sustainability Strategy Manager Heathrow Airport
Relationship Manager HSBC
Managing Director Hubbub Enterprise
Head of Sustainability Informa plc
Head of Energy & Sustainability ISS Facility Services
Group Head of Sustainability James Finlays Limited
Head of Social Impact JCDecaux
Senior Sustainability Manager John Lewis
Business Development Director Johnson Matthey
Deputy Fund Manager Jupiter
Environmental Sustainability Leader | Infrastructure Laing O’Rourke
Sustainability and Responsible Investment Manager Legal and General Investment Management
Environment impacts director LEGO Group
Supply Chain Senior Officer Lidl GB
Group HSES Director Lloyd’s Register
Cabinet member for crime and community safety London Borough Of Newham
Circular Economy Projects Manager London Waste and Recycling Board
Environmental Strategy Manager Mace Dragados
Sustainability Manager Mace Ltd
Senior Packaging Technologist Marks and Spencer’s
Sustainability Manager Marylebone Cricket Club
Senior Sustainability Consultant Max Fordham LLP
Sustainability Manager Nando’s
Account Director Neighbourly
Responsible Investment Analyst Newton Investment Management
Head of Energy and Environment NHS Property Services
Sustainability Project Manager O2
Environmental & Sustainability Manager Overbury
Head of Corporate Responsibility Pentland
sustainability Manager, Packaging PepsiCo
Technical lead on plastics and circular economy PwC
Corporate Responsibility Project Manager RELX
Group Environment Manager Rothschild & Co
Operations Director Sabien Technology
Category Packaging Manager Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd.
Consultant Sancroft International
Digital Venture Lead – Sustainability Shell
Director of engineering Spie
Head of Engineering, Energy & Environment Standard Chartered Bank
Associate SYSTEMIQ
Head of Risk & Compliance The Royal Household
Project Manager The sustainable angle
Sustainability Advisor Tideway
VP Business Development TIPA – CORP
VP Finance Unilever
Purpose Director Virgin Management Ltd
Sustainability Manager Waitrose & Partners
Sustainability Lead Wates
Sustainability Manager Willmott Dixon Interiors
Sustainable Materials Specialist WWF-UK