Reinventing the Plastic Bottle

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This event is the first in a new series entitled the ‘Reinventing 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 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?

At this event, a dynamic panel will highlight original ideas, technologies and scalable practical solutions that could disrupt current patterns of plastic bottle use and disposal. Interacting with the panellists, participants will assess different innovative options and explore how best to speed up and scale up their uptake.

Launched in May 2018, the goal of the Centre is a sustainable resource economy, in which the world’s citizens and environment thrive together, now and in the future. Based at Chatham House, with trusted evidence and insightful analysis, we bring clarity to complex issues, spark debate, and ignite innovation that has far-reaching benefits for the environment and populations around the world.


Speakers include:

Niall Dunne, Chief Executive Officer, Polymateria
Tom Domen, Global Head of Long Term Innovation, Ecover + method

Catia Bastioli, Chief Executive Officer, Novamont

Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Skipping Rocks Lab

Saskia Restorick, Director, Hubbub Foundation



Chatham House | 10 St James’s Square | London | SW1Y 4LE


16:30 | Registration

17:00 | Panel discussion

18:15 | Reception

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