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Reinventing the Plastic Bottle

Reinventing the Plastic Bottle was the first in a new event series entitled the 'Reinventing' series hosted by the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy at Chatham House. These events will explore new designs, technologies, products and practical solutions that could better meet future social and environmental needs.

6 Mar 2018  •  2 min read
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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.