KEYNOTE SESSION: GREENWASH OR CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Moderator: Colm Flynn
Who are the biggest polluters of 2020? Break Free From Plastic Brand Audit Results. Sybil Bullock, United States
Break Free From Plastic is a global movement of over 10,000 changemakers working to end plastic pollution for good. Our annual brand audit unites people all over the world to record data on plastic waste and reveal the companies trashing the most places with the most plastic so that together, we can hold them accountable and pressure these companies to bring about real change.
Holding Large Companies Responsible: The Power of Individual Consumers. Christine Figgener, Costa Rica
As consumers, we support businesses every day by buying products. More often than not, and many times without knowing, we are supporting the largest plastic polluters out there. Consumer choices, however, dictate the supply and can bring about serious change in the product landscape as large companies adapt to the demands. We need to all become well-educated consumers so we can spot greenwashing.
How the food industry is tackling the global waste problem. Laura Degallaix, Belgium
Food and drink packaging plays a key role in protecting and preserving food and drink products for consumers however it is urgent to take further actions to tackle the plastic pollution problem. The European food and drink sector has developed a roadmap of actions to support the societal transition towards a circular economy; these actions include limiting the use of packaging, improving packaging design and supporting collection, sorting and recycling.
Whose responsibility is textile waste? Producer’s role in the transition towards a circular textile industry. Kerli Kant Hvass, Estonia
Textiles have become a focus area in the EU and globally. The growing amounts of textile waste and the need to find solutions to divert these textiles from landfills are pressing. Transitioning the textile industry to a circular economy is a complex and multi-faceted field involving many stakeholders across the globe. It requires systems thinking, respect for natural and human resources, better products and responsible consumer behaviour. Fast fashion is considered as one root of the problem and producers have a responsibility. What is the role of producers in minimizing textile waste and facilitating the transition to circular textile industry?
Time to go Beyond the Clean-Up the Errors of the Past (and create the society that takes us to the future). Gunter Pauli, Japan
We need a new approach to reality : we use what we have and focus on responding to the basic needs with what we have. This means that the next time you see a plastic bottle, you refuse to consume it ensure that drinking water is available as it has been for thousands of years without a PET bottle. We cannot only clean-up. We must correct the errors of the past and secure that we design the future.
HOT DEBATE ” TO BLAME OR COOPERATE” by Sybil Bullock, Christine Figgener, Laura Degallaix, Kerli Kant Hvass
Moderator: Margo Loor/Speaksmart, Estonia