How Are You Meeting Sustainability Requirements?

As industry leaders navigate new regulation for plastics, packaging, and single use materials, it has become clear that there is no silver bullet solution. Rather, industry collaboration and a multi-faceted strategy will have greater impact.

Join Rethinking Materials, a two-day international innovation and investment summit showcasing and connecting pioneering companies reimagining how materials are produced, consumed, repurposed, and financed.

Taking place at the Hilton, London Bankside on May 16-17, the summit offers innovation-leaders and decision-makers the opportunity to explore shared challenges, form partnerships, and source sustainable, deployable, and circular material solutions.

What to expect

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 can benchmark strategies with start-ups and producers developing innovative technologies and exploring new markets; while investors scout the next ground-breaking innovations and solutions ready to scale now.

With an audience of C-Suite and Director-level decision makers including CEOs, CTOs, CSOs and Heads of Innovation, R&D and Investment, the summit has an emphasis on thought leadership, targeted 1-1 networking and start-up pitching. This is a rare opportunity to dig deeper into debates surrounding:

Net Zero Strategies: How can materials innovation aid the race to decarbonisation?

Next-Gen Solutions: The role of packaging in driving innovation in materials

Regulation & Legislation: How to comply with fast-changing legislation

Supply Chain Transformation: Rethinking the building blocks for sustainable materials

Designing for Sustainability: End-to-end product innovation to achieve ESG objectives

Investment Trends and Partnerships: Commercialising new innovation for materials

See the full agenda with speakers and networking breakouts.


Highlights from the agenda

Keynote with Harriet Lamb, newly appointed CEO of Wrap: Enabling Innovation for the Future of Materials

Panel with Lanzatech and Dow: Net Zero Strategies: Materials Innovation Aiding the Race to Decarbonisation

Panel with Anheuser-Bush InBev, Circular Economy Institute, LyondellBassell and Thai Wah: Industry Symbiosis: Capitalising on Cross Sector Collaboration and Waste Stream Valorisation

Panel with Wall Street Journal and Positive Plastics: Designing for Sustainability: End-To-End Product Innovation to Achieve ESG Objectives

Panel with Beiersdorf and Kimberley-Clark: Discovering New Applications and Markets for Today’s Solutions


Source innovative solutions

Are you looking to develop or source sustainable materials that offer a scalable alternative to petrochemical and virgin forest feedstocks?

Early-stage innovation is an integral part of the Rethinking Materials Summit, from start-ups looking for investment, to consumer product and packaging leaders searching for next generation material solutions.

See the exciting new material discoveries and viable, scalable solutions on the programme


The journey to a future of sustainable materials

“We’ve got to tackle the elephant in the room: everyone is talking about energy emissions but no-one is talking about products. With 45% of global emissions coming from the way things are created, produced and disposed of – almost the same amount of emissions as energy – we need to inject the same scale and pace into rethinking materials.” – CEO, WRAP

“Producers of alternative materials are facing a once in a lifetime market shift over the next few years, and partnering with this event gives us the opportunity to shape discussions and meet collaborators that can accelerate change.” – NatureWorks

“Beiersdorf has an ambitious sustainability agenda, so we are keeping an open mind as to solutions and look forward to this event to find collaborators from across the value chain.” – Senior Scientist, Start-up Scouting, Beiersdorf

“We share challenges with brands and corporates across multiple industries as we strive to reach net zero and adopt sustainable packaging. Our long term vision is to transform corporate value chains, so this event is key to spotting opportunities to collaborate and accelerate the transition.” Global Sustainability and Innovation Director, Anheuser-Busch InBev

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; and the World Waste to Energy & Resources Summit in London.