About the Summit

Scaling Materials Innovation for Decarbonisation and a Circular Economy

Rethinking Materials is an international innovation and investment summit that showcases and connects pioneering companies reimagining how materials in consumer products and packaging are produced, consumed, repurposed, and financed.

With a focus on materials innovation mitigating carbon emissions from textiles, packaging or durable goods industries, we’ll explore the technologies and material alternatives reducing our reliance on ‘incumbents’ such as petrochemical, virgin forest, and animal-based materials. The summit will examine barriers to the adoption and scale up of new materials, highlighting opportunities for greater collaboration and advancement across value chains.

Now in its third year, the summit presents perspectives from brands and corporate leaders facing big questions on sustainability, business continuity, and regulatory requirements; converters and manufacturers sourcing viable, scalable, and sustainable new solutions; start-ups and producers developing innovative technologies and exploring new markets; and investors scouting the next ground-breaking innovations.

Bringing together an audience of C-Suite and Director-level decision makers including CEOs/CTOs/CSOs and VPs of Innovation/R&D/Investment, with an emphasis on thought leadership, targeted 1-1 networking and start-up pitching, this is a rare opportunity to dig deeper into debates surrounding:

2023 Key Themes

  • Net Zero Strategies: How can materials innovation aid the race to decarbonisation?
  • Supply Chain Transformation: Rethinking the building blocks for sustainable materials
  • Regulation & Legislation: How to comply with fast-changing legislation
  • Achieving Circularity: Recycling, reuse, replacement – what will make the greatest impact?
  • Enhanced Performance: Developments in barrier properties, durability, and functionality
  • Industry Symbiosis: Capitalising on cross sector collaboration and waste stream valorisation
  • Accelerated R&D: Leveraging big-data and AI for new materials discovery
  • Designing for Sustainability: End-to-end product innovation to achieve ESG objectives
  • Feedstock Sustainability & Security: The impact of global events on material innovation
  • Financing Growth: Investment and partnership strategies to accelerate scale-up
  • Routes to Faster Commercialisation: Bridging the gap from lab to market
  • Agile Innovation: Discovering new applications and markets for today’s solutions

Who Will you Meet?

2023 Advisory Board

About Rethink Events

Rethink Events has been producing thought leadership summits around the world for over a decade. 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, Sao Paulo and Singapore.