About the Summit

Turning the Tide on Plastic Pollution

The Rethinking Materials summit presented new opportunities for partnerships and investment in the changing landscape of plastics, bio-based alternatives, and circular solutions.

With an emphasis on packaging and performance materials, this year’s event provided pivotal insights into the challenges facing C Suite and Director-level stakeholders in tackling plastic waste both upstream and downstream; the viability of new technologies and ‘next generation’ materials; routes to scaling up; and cross-sector applications in packaging, food & beverage, personal care, pharmaceuticals and more.

340 delegates joined us live on May 4-5, 2022, for two days of intelligent debate and targeted networking with business leaders from across the value chain: major consumer goods brands and retailers, producers, converters, designers, manufacturers, technology providers, regulators, start-ups and investors who are developing, financing and adopting innovative solutions.

All sessions were livestreamed, so delegates were able to to join the summit in London or log in from home.  Whether in-person or online, all delegates were able to meet and collaborate on the same platform, facilitating connections and new business relationships across our global network.

2022 Key Themes

Scale-Up: Scaling Capacity of Biological Innovation to Meet Surging Downstream Demand
Defossilisation: Performance Materials in a Low Carbon Circular Economy
Microbial Biomass: Innovative Applications of Bacteria, Yeast, Algae and Fungal Cultures
Supply Chain Optimisation: Market Adjustment to New Solutions for Green Manufacturing
Standardisation: Achieving Consistency & Alignment Across Industry Legislation, Merits & Metrics
Advances in Waste Valorisation: Opportunities and Potential for Repurposed Biowaste
Circularity: Chemical Recycling, Carbon Capture, Biodegradability, and Reuse
Enhancing Performance: Material Innovation Disrupting Product Design
Digitalisation: Blockchain, Smart Packaging, Sortation and Transparency
Financing Growth: Investment, Equity, and the Road to Commercialisation
Design: Product Innovation Delivering on Sustainability Objectives

Who will you meet?

2022 Highlights Video

2022 Advisory Board

About Rethink Events

Rethink Events has produced thought leadership summits around the world for more than 10 years. These include the Future Food-Tech Series in London, New York, San Francisco and Singapore; the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit Series in London, Amsterdam, New York, San Francisco, São Paulo and Singapore; and the World Waste to Energy & Resources Summit in London.