Panel: How Can Technology and Design Help Reduce the Plastics Crisis?

  • 28 September 2018
  • 17:00 - 19:00
  • KerryOn Space, Shanghai

Every item of plastic that has ever been created is still with us on the planet today. In the mid 50’s we were told that plastic was suitable for single use and could simply be thrown away. We now know that to be untrue yet we continue to treat it as such.

So what is it with plastic that has turned it into such a crisis? Are plastics all bad? Is there a possibility for a more positive future amidst all the mess we find ourselves in? What does one start?

Part of the plastics crisis is certainly in the convenience we have gotten everyone addicted to. And this convenience has come from products that have been ‘designed for the dump’. An object’s ‘sustainability’ is defined in the design stage, including usability, choice of material, chemical composition, biodegradability or decomposition, durability, etc. Right decisions made at an early stage can help create products that are not just high quality or dynamic, but also safe and environmentally sustainable.

In this panel discussion on 28th September 2018 at Jingan Kerry Center South Block B1 floor, Green Initiatives will lead a panel discussion with experts who are working at the forefront of technology, design, plastics and social awareness to reduce the negative impact of plastic in our lives and on our planet.

We will also take a look at some inspiring breakthroughs that can cause a paradigm shift in the way humans consume and discard plastic products. There are also a lot of inspiration to take from biomimicry, cradle to cradle, and circular principles.

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions as well as share some unique cases that they have witnessed in their own lives.

Event Itinerary

  • 17:00-17:30 Registrations and networking
  • 17:30-17:45 Event introduction by GI and KerryOn
  • 17:45-18:45 Panel introduction (5-min each) and discussion, moderated by GI
  • 18:45-19:00 Event ends; informal discussion


Beryl Hsu, Chief Editor, IDEAT China

Joris Vanbriel, Co-founder & Designer, ecoBirdy
Joris is a designer and project coordinator by profession. He is also the co-founder of ecoBirdy, a new design brand that aims to make beautiful objects from ecological material.
Detailed bio awaited.

Nitin Dani, Founder & Director, Green Initiatives


  • Event is free to attend. Limited number of spaces available.
  • Attendees are welcome to bring their old/used plastic toys for recycling through our upcoming campaign, "Rethink Plastics, Journey to a New Life"
  • More details on what can be/cannot be reycled will be provided shortly.
  • Session will be bilingual in EN & CN.

Event Details

28 Sep 2018 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
KerryOn Space, 3F, Jingan Kerry Center, N3-27 (near the bridge), 1515 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai
Jingan Temple Metro, Line 2/7, Exit 6