On September 16 – 24th PlasticFree is taking part in the London Design Festival in partnership with OMSE Studio. Titled ‘Time is Running Out’, the exhibition, hosted at One Hundred Shoreditch, will feature 24 clocks, designed by 24 creators, made with 100% plastic-free materials. Designed in collaboration with pioneering material makers, acclaimed artists, creatives, architects, and change-makers, the exhibition illustrates what is possible today, and was born out of the urgency to mobilise the global creative industry to drive positive change through more conscious practice.
In anticipation of Earth Overshoot Day 2023 this Wednesday Plastic Free will be broadcasting a powerful message of hope and possibility, calling on the creative industry to design differently. Earth Overshoot Day falls on 2nd of August and marks the day in the year where we have used up all the natural resources that the earth can replenish in a year. In other words, from this day forward, we’re borrowing natural resources that is not ours. The campaign is a reminder that the solutions are already here.
A Plastic Planet has a packed two weeks of change-making events which are set to turn the tide on plastic pollution. First stop is Paris this week where Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet, is joining 150 member states, world leaders and industry executives who have come together to negotiate the UN’s #GlobalPlasticsTreaty. Other dates to look out for:
– 5th June: World Environment Day Virtual Symposium
– 6th June: London Design Biennale
– 8th June: Ocean Talks
On the 1st June in Paris, A Plastic Planet launched the Plastic Health Council. The objective is to protect future generations from the manmade plastic health crisis. On the day, expert scientists revealed the truth on the impact of micro, nano-plastics and chemicals on human health.
On April 11th, as the UK lead in the National Dialogues for the UN Global Plastics Treat, A Plastic Planet co-hosted the second Treaty Dialogues, bringing all stakeholders together, from petrochemical to industry, to help inform the UK government on negotiating position on the Treaty itself. Breakout sessions focusing on upstream and downstream impact helped form the UK Dialogues report, leading up to the next INC Treaty Negotiations to be held in Paris in May. A robust legally binding Plastics Treaty is a huge springboard for eradication of plastic waste.
A Plastic Planet have questioned Sainsbury’s commitment to save “450 tonnes” of plastic per year by vacuum packing beef mince. Sainsbury’s has announced it is removing traditional plastic tray packaging across its entire beef mince range and replacing it with a vacuum-packed alternative, which the supermarket says uses a minimum of 55% less plastic. The revamped packaging is both in-store and online from 23rd February However, the announcement has drawn criticism, with Sian Sutherland, Co-Founder of A Plastic Planet saying there is more to it than meets the eye. “While there will be a saving in the weight of plastic used, switching to flexible plastics over rigid ones is no more ‘green’ than changing from a petrol to a diesel vehicle. Flexible plastics are almost impossible to recycle, especially where they are food contaminated. Read more here.
After two years of design, content creation and build, A Plastic Planet are delighted to announce that the PlasticFree.com platform has officially launched this month! The world’s first innovation platform for materials and systems solutions, PlasticFree will become the trusted, global, authoritative resource to help the creative industry design out plastic waste at source and accelerate towards a better future. Watch more here.
On the 2nd of February 14:00 – 16:00 EST join Sain Sutherland and other guest speakers at the Tishman Auditorium in New York for an inspiring talk – Our Incredible Future NOW. Why are we still talking about the problem when we have so many answers. Click here for tickets.
After 2 years hard work on the design and build, A Plastic Planet are excited to announce the launch of the world’s first materials and systems change solutions platform on 9th January 2023. PlasticFree is built by creatives, for the 160m global creatives. Highly visual, rich with case studies and proof points, PlasticFree will empower creatives to rethink how we make everything, designing out plastic pollution from the very beginning. Follow @createplasticfree and get inspired at the exciting future this new platform creates.
With just 656 days to go until UNEA 6 2024 and the deadline for the final draft of the Global Plastics Treaty, A Plastic Planet are happy to report that on 1st November they held the first UN Plastics Treaty Dialogues for the UK. These dialogues will extend to 2024 in parallel with the INC negotiations on the Global Plastics Treaty. As UK lead of OPLN and a member of their Global Advisory, A Plastic Planet are working with the UK Government and DEFRA to help inform them of the points of tension and the areas of consensus across the key stakeholders, from the petrochemical industry to consumer goods industry to NGOs.
It’s October, time for the annual Dieline Conference, one of the most influential one-day hybrid events focused on branding and packaging for the world’s best brands, top agencies and thousands of designers. Part of New York’s prestigious Advertising Week, the 2022 Dieline theme is ‘Unpacking the Brands of Today and the Trends of Tomorrow’- a perfect fit for A Plastic Planet to talk directly to our target audience about the launch of Plastic Free. Sian Sutherland will open with a question: ‘What Happens if 160 Million Creatives Design a Plastic-Free World?
The plastic crisis is a gift. A fossil fuel defibrillator alerting humanity that we need to rethink our entire production and material systems. And the good news? It’s already happening…’