By 2050 more plastic than fish (by weight) could be in our oceans. Unabated, global sales of single-use water bottles are expected to increase by more than 20 percent in the next 3 years. Yet despite numerous initiatives and public campaigns, less than half of the plastic bottles bought in 2016 were collected for recycling.
Do these concerns call for a reinvention of the plastic bottle as we know it?
It was to this challenge that a dynamic panel from across disciplines debated bringing insight, innovation, warning and inspiration to the issue. In dialogue with participants, panellists looked to assess the weight of the problem and in turn discuss what action might need to be taken and ultimately what a world of the reinvented plastic bottle might look like.
Jan Piotrowski, Environment Correspondent, The Economist
Tony Breton, Market Specialist UK & Ireland, Novamont
Tom Domen, Global Head of Long Term Innovation, Ecover + method
Niall Dunne, Chief Executive Officer, Polymateria
Bernice Lee, Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy
Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Skipping Rocks Lab
Saskia Restorick, Director, Hubbub Foundation
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor of London, Environment and Energy