The September 2016 Plasticity Forum was held Sept. 21 in London as part of the London Design Festival. Event organizer Doug Woodring says the venue was chosen “to help bring the design community into the big discussion on the future of plastic sustainability.”
Designers are one of the missing links to solving some of the complex solutions related to materials, designing for recycling, and societal process flow in terms of resource recovery, says Woodring. Those who know the issues will be better able to drive expansion of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that many of the brands and clients they work for are striving to meet.
Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO of Italy’s Aquafil Group, spoke about his firm’s fiber recycling capacities from carpet tiles and used fishing nets. Aquafil has a program with carpet maker Interface that sources fishing nets from local communities in the Philippines and Cameroon. Bonazzi and Miriam Turner from Interface said that “over 100 tons of nets have been collected, with over 55,000 families impacted by a cleaner environment, and over 600 families now having access to micro finance as a result of the Net-Works program.”