Past Event

Beyond Plastic

Image - Beyond Plastic
Thu, Jan 30 2014 - 6:00pm

Keith Christman, Managing Director for Plastics Markets, American Chemistry Council; Co-chair, Global Action Committee on Marine Litter
Molly Morse, CEO, Mango Materials
Adam Lowry, Co-founder and Chief Greenskeeper, Method Products PBC
Bridgett Luther, President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Jugs and bottles and bags, oh my! The negative impacts of plastic on our environment have become obvious in recent years, yet we continue to rely on it for everyday products and activities. Garbage on the streets often ends up in our waterways, and the vast majority of marine debris is plastic that gets eaten by birds and marine animals, leading to poison down the food chain. But as long as these non-biodegradable materials are being produced, people will keep using them in their homes, offices and industries.

Plastic isn¹t going away anytime soon, but it can be used and reused in smarter ways. Some groups are working to remedy the mess by promoting recycling, organizing beach clean-ups and educating citizens. Others hope to stop the problem at its source by engineering biodegradable and sustainable solutions to replace our plastic addiction. Is plastic the problem, or is it just the way we use it? Could we be entering the golden age of garbage?

Join us for a conversation with researchers and entrepreneurs working to curb the growing tide of waste in our waterways.

Climate One Connect
Audience members are invited to engage in breakout group conversations led by speakers for 20 minutes following the program. We hope you'll take part in this unique opportunity to delve deeper into solutions for sustainable living.

Also know: Photo by Flickr user edSos.de. The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.