As the global consumption of plastics continues to rise - estimates suggest between 500 billion and one trillion plastic bags alone are used per year - a one-off forum to tie in with the Rio+20 has been set up by three young eco-minded business heads; Doug Woodring of Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong), Matt Perry from Republic of Everyone (Australia), and Deborah Patton of Applied Brillance (New York). The day-long event is designed to encourage innovators from all sectors of industry to discuss the future of recycling and alternatives, and how they might be rolled out around the globe.
Innovative it promises to be, with talks from the association Ecovative Design, which, in a radical departure from traditional bioplastics, uses agricultural by-products and mycelium, a fungal network of threadlike cells that function like the roots of mushrooms to create building materials and a discussion of the 'WOW factor' - the 'War on Waste'. The results of the global Capturing Gold competition, designed to encourage new thinking in the world of plastic creation and use, will also be announced.
Taking place within the Gávea Jockey Club, the forum counts on the not inconsiderable support of innovative organisations including Google, the Clinton Foundation, Hub Culture and the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC).
Tickets are available through plasticityrio12.eventbrite.com