David Christian, Founder and CEO, Evo & Co
Rhea Mazumdar Singhal, Founder & CEO, Ecoware
Sir David Attenborough has described plastic pollution as an unfolding catastrophe that we ignore at our peril. We recognised this problem 10 years ago and founded Ecoware to provide sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic packaging. Ecoware repurposes common agricultural waste such as sugarcane bagasse and rice straw with little commercial value into hugely popular fully compostable products for use in food services, medical care and e-commerce packaging. Ecoware is a key stakeholder in the circular economy demonstrated by its success in creating positive outcomes for its shareholders, employees and society at large.
Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, CoCEO and Founder, Notpla, Senior Lecturer, Kingston University
Notpla is a London based start-up with the goal of making packaging disappear. Their product Ooho is an edible package made of seaweed that can contain water or any other liquid. Nowadays, it is used in several sporting events, such as the London Marathon and Roland Garros. The company is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, and won the World Technology Award by Fortune and TIME.
Dr Sebastian Kernbaum, Founder & CTO, saperatec
Within plastics packaging, the multilayer packaging has gained increasing volumes during the past years as they combine various advantages: light weight, stability, longer shelf time and barrier functionality just to mention a few. Unfortunately, the recycling of multilayer materials is not yet disseminated; most of the materials are incinerated. Saperatec develops recycling technology based on so-called separation fluids to recover individual secondary raw materials. It forms one approach to extend the state-of the art mechanical recycling to “advanced mechanical recycling” and enables access to the materials in the composite system without changes of properties. The technology as well as examples are presented; an overview of the qualities to be received is given as well as occurring plastic recycling technologies are classified.
“Have expiry dates expired?” How to reduce waste, improve consumer satisfaction and boost the bottom line
Solveiga Pakštaitė, Founder & Director, Mimica
Mimica is a design-led UK company with a mission to radically reduce unnecessary food waste caused by overcautious expiry dates. Mimica’s first product, Mimica Touch is a patented label/bottle cap that turns bumpy when food or drinks should no longer be consumed, based on actual temperature conditions.
Dr Stuart Wagland, Senior Lecturer in Energy & Environmental Chemistry, Cranfield University
There are over 20,000 closed landfills across the UK, many of which contain significant resources and/or are in locations suitable for redevelopment. The remediation of sites is challenging due to the costs and risks associated with legacy wastes contained within; the concept of enhanced landfill mining [ELFM] aims to maximise recovery of resources to offset the costs of site remediation. Resource opportunities exist in the form of metals, presenting potential for use as secondary raw materials; plastics are abundant in closed landfill sites and cannot be readily recycled in the same way source-segregated plastics can be. This presentation will explore the availability of plastics contained within landfills and discuss how they can be upcycled to produce new products.