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

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

The Royal Institute of British Architects 66 Portland Place London, W1B 1AD

Who's Attending



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Co Founder

A Plastic Planet

Commercial Sustainability Manager


Environmental Business Partner


Sustainability controller

Arcadia Group


Archipelago Eco Investors

Director of Devices & Circuits Research


Ventures Manager


Sustainability Manager

Axis Europe



Business Development Lead


Sustainability Manager

British American Tobacco

Senior Standards Manager



Business in the Community

Sustainability Manager

Canary Wharf

VP, Sustainability

Coca-Cola European Partners

Senior Manager


Project Manager

Costa Coffee

Environment Manager

Crossrail Limited

B Corp Director


Founder CEO

Delphis Eco

Social Impact Manager

Dentsu Aegis Network

Director Investor Relations


Supply Chain & Property Services Director

EDF Energy

Corporate Sustainability Associate

Estee Lauder Companies

Technical Director

Ferrovial Amey

Senior Consultant

Forster Communications

Acting Associate Director, Europe

Forum for the Future

Managing Director

Global Ethics Ltd (One water)


Good Club

Sustainability Manager

Guy's and St Thomas' Trust

Relationship Manager


Managing Director

Hubbub Enterprise

Head of Sustainability

Informa plc

Head of Energy

ISS Facility Services UK Ltd

Waste Services Director

ISS Facility Services UK Ltd

Group Head of Sustainability

James Finlays Limited

Head of Social Impact


Senior Sustainability Manager

John Lewis

Sustainability Director

Johnson Matthey

Deputy Fund Manager


Environmental Sustainabilty 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

Business Advisor

London waste and recycling board

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




Responsible Investment Analyst

Newton Investment Management

Head of Energy and Environment

NHS Property Services

Sustainability Project Manager


Environmental & Sustainability Manager


head of corporate responsibility


Packaging Manager

Pentland Brands Ltd

Lead Product Design Innovation

PepsiCo Design Innovation

Technical lead on plastics and circular economy


Corporate Responsibility Project Manager


Group Environment Manager

Rothschild & Co

Operations Director

Sabien Technology

Category Packaging Manager

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd.


Sancroft International

BD Manager New Energies


Director of engineering






Head of Risk & Compliance

The Royal Household

PROJECT manager

The sustainable angle

Sustainability Advisor


VP Finance


Purpose Director

Virgin Management Ltd

Head of Sustainability

Virgin Media

Sustainability Lead


Sustainability Manager

Willmott Dixon Interiors

Sustainable Materials Specialist


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