Reinventing the Plastic Bottle

At this event, a dynamic panel highlights original ideas, technologies and scalable practical solutions that could disrupt current patterns of plastic bottle use and disposal. 

Research event Invitation only Recording
5 March 2018 — 5:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House, London

This event is the first in a new event series hosted by the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy at Chatham House. It will explore new designs, technologies, products and practical solutions that could better meet future social and environmental needs.

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 per cent in the next three 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?

Interacting with the panellists, participants will assess different innovative options and explore how best to speed up and scale up their uptake.

Following the panel discussion, designer Sophie Thomas will be exhibiting her latest project at the reception, hand-blown glass sculptures representing the breakdown of plastic in the ocean and ‘Scrimshaw Bottle Tusks’, as well as her collection of plastic waste washed up at Kamilo Beach, Hawaii.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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Bernice Lee, Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy, Chatham House
Tony Breton, Market Specialist UK & Ireland, Novamont
Tom Domen, Global Head of Long Term Innovation, Ecover + method
Niall Dunne, Chief Executive Officer, Polymateria
Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Skipping Rocks Lab
Saskia Restorick, Director, Hubbub Foundation
Chair: Jan Piotrowski, Environment Correspondent, The Economist


Closing remarks:
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor of London, Environment and Energy

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