Single-use plastics: Innovating our way out of a sustainability crisis 

22 May 2019
Innovation Theatre

“Plastic hackathons and thinkathons: Solving plastic pollution, together”  

  • How the ‘hackathon’ approach can solve business-critical issues 
  • Building on the results of edie’s 2019 Plastics Thinkathon  
  • Bringing new ideas to market, fast 

Dhruv Boruah, Founder, Plastic Hackathon 

"Turning an innovative idea into scalable reality"

  • What is NOTPLA, what are we doing and what has the journey been?

Emily Cassius, Skipping Rocks Lab
Ella O'Toole, Skipping Rocks Lab

"The Ecover Refillution: Value over volume" 

  • Exponential growth in plastic production 
  • The different options for a real system change 
  • Creating value to drive re-use 

Tom Domen, Global head of long-term innovation, Ecover

"Biotransformation: Next-gen biodegradation technology"

  • Advancing science to help turn the tide on plastic pollution 
  • Supporting the ‘3-R’ strategy whilst introducing a 4thR (Redesign) 
  • Providing a safety belt solution for leakages from the circular economy  

Karam Hirji, CFO, Polymateria 

Panel discussion: 

“What’s preventing the scaling-up of innovation to solve plastics pollution?” 

Panel to be joined by: Mark Lancelott, Sustainability and circular economy lead, PA Consulting

Rob Holdway, Director - Giraffe Innovation
Dhruv Boruah, Founder - Plastic Hackathon
Ella O'Toole - Skipping Rocks Lab
Emily Cassius - Skipping Rocks Lab
Tom Domen, Global head of long-term innovation - Ecover/Method
Karam Hirji, CFO - Polymateria
Mark Lancelott, Sustainability and circular economy lead - PA Consulting




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