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Dow Chemical, SPE providing speakers to Plasticity Forum

By RTGE Staff

- Published on May 5, 2015 by Recycling Today

The Plasticity Forum, scheduled for June 8-9 in Cascais, Portugal, will feature several speakers from the corporate world and the business and trade association community.

Among the speakers who have been announced as added to the roster at the event are:

  • Jeff Wooster, global sustainability leader of Dow Chemical Company, who has developed and implemented new technology for application areas including stretch film, shipping sacks and fresh-cut produce packaging. Wooster is a frequently invited guest speaker on behalf of Dow on the subjects of sustainability and sustainable packaging.

  • Willem De Vos, CEO of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), who leads an organization that describes itself as a “knowledge and networking organization active in the plastics industry worldwide.” SPE says it is active in 30 countries and has about 30 divisions and 70 regional sections with members in 84 countries around the world.

  • Steve Russell, vice president of the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), who will speak on the topic of “Collaborations to develop systems that harness the value of waste.” The ACC says its Plastics Division is “driving efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover plastics, and to provide sustainable solutions to prevent litter, increase recycling and address marine debris.”

  • Dr. Mike Biddle, founder and a current director of MBA Polymers Inc., who will speak on the topic of “Untangling Systems for Streamlined Material Flow.” Biddle started MBA Polymers nearly 20 years ago from his garage and helped build the company into one a multi-national firm that recovers plastics from end-of-life durable goods, including computers, electronics, business equipment, appliances and automobiles.

  • Andrew Morlet, chief executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, whose presentation is titled “How do we Collectively Scale for the Circular Economy?” Morlet leads the business programs of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which says it “promotes economic development that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which enables the shift to renewable energy.”

More information on the Plasticity Forum, including updates on additional speakers, can be found at


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