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“Planet or Plastics” was the provocative title of the June 2018 National Geographic issue. The visuals and articles showed the massive impact of plastics – both positive and mostly negative – on planet Earth and all people, and implicitly suggested humanity needed to make a Solomon’s judgement on the faith of society.  A world of 7.6 billion inhabitants cannot function anymore without plastics but each world citizen will need to face and take part in changing the ways plastics are produced, used and re-used in a circular, sustainable way.


In 2019 the EU has published directives on the strategy for plastics in a circular economy accompanied by a set of action plans to develop a sustainable European industry.

The Plastics Innovation Competence Center (PICC) invites you to attend the Plastics Update 2019 Conference:

Plastics for a Circular Economy.

International speakers are highlighting the main ambitions of the EU strategy and present implementable actions to address the challenges for realizing a sustainable circular economy for plastics.

Three topics are expanded upon:

- Design for Recycle,

- Biomass-based Plastics,

- Innovative Plastics. 

The presented thematic and topical subjects form an integral part of all research and innovation that leads towards a system thinking approach for making a nature-inspired circular economy possible. T

The 4th Plastics Update Conference informs on state-of-the-art thinking and proposes technology that can make a difference to transform industry and engage ensuring humanity can continue to enjoy the benefits of planet and plastics in a sustainable way.


Prof. Dr. Rudy Koopmans

PICC Director

14 November 2019 - Fribourg 


Passage du Cardinal 11, Annexe 2
CH-1700 Fribourg
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