"Plastic On Our Plates" - Circular Economy & Waste, Session 2


This is the 2nd Event of a pressing series on 'Circular Economy & Waste Management' in Asia.

During our 1st session "Waste to Wealth : the Circular Economy Advantage", we touched upon the waste reality in Asia, what is the Circular Economy and how it can be a solution for plastic packaging and other 'waste', and what companies, governments and individuals can do to impact these important issues. We had a wonderful turnout of 90+ attendees and invigorating discussions. See HERE to see slides from the event.

Our 2nd session "Plastics On Our Plates" is dedicated to one of our most pressing issues: the 8 million tonnes of plastic leaking into the oceans every year. We will be screening 'A PLASTIC OCEAN', an award winning documentary film, followed by a Q&A panel discussion featuring business leaders, ground-up movement initiatives, social entrepreneurs and creatives.


Over 32% of all plastic packaging produced ends up in the oceans or open dump sites. Recent research showed that there are already more than 5 trillion pieces of plastics in the world's oceans, most of them are microplastics. If we continue with "business as usual" we will have more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.

10-12% of the global population relies on fisheries & aquaculture for their livelihood. Meanwhile, over 1 billion people rely on seafood as their primary protein source - a number that is growing. Thus, demand for seafood is increasing while its safety and reliability is at risk.

Plastic is certainly not evil (it's critical for medical advancements & many other areas of our life), but it can definitely be better managed - e.g. through Circular Economy thinking and systems. This is the purpose of the event series: to understand the issue, see what different players can do (companies, governments, individuals) and see how we can collaborate.

We look forward to invigorating discussions on how we can stem the tide of plastic entering the oceans!


  • Understand how plastic is leaking into the oceans and what we can do as individuals, companies and governments
  • See Initiatives / Solutions from ground-up organisations, corporations and social enterprises to tackle the issue (stopping plastic from entering the oceans)
  • Understand case studies of how companies are also collecting plastic from the oceans to use in products - including Consumer Goods & Fashion brands
  • Network with likeminded people from diverse backgrounds and discover collaborations (business, government, media, scientists, NGOs, social businesses)


6.30pm ~ Networking, Dinner & Drinks
6.40pm ~ Icebreaker & Prize opportunity to win tickets for the next 2017 National Geographic Live Show in Singapore
6.50pm ~ Film Screening: "A Plastic Ocean"
8.40pm ~ Q&A Discussion
9.00pm ~ Networking


A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

A PLASTIC OCEAN is an award winning documentary that shows the crisis facing our ocean from our disposable lifestyle. Part of the money collected from the tickets will be donated to the Plastic Oceans Foundation.


Maggie Lee is a Senior Scientist at Procter & Gamble. As a Founding Leader of the P&G Sustainability team in Singapore, she is leading corporate sustainability programmes, coordinating with the Environmental Protection Agencies and supervising the corporate environmental stewardship, as well as the social responsibility. Besides, her role involves leading team of 11 members across 3 sites (global innovation center, manufacturing factory and Asia Pacific headquarters); and establishing long-term partnership with NGOs, governmental departments and social enterprises such as WWF, Singapore Environment Council and Singapore National Environment Agency.

P&G just announced the creation of the ‘Head & Shoulders’ world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic, from up to 25% recycled beach plastic in partnership with TerraCycle and SUEZ. By the end of 2018, more than half billion bottles per year will be available in Europe. Our event will be the occasion to discuss about the replicability of such a project in Asia.

N. Sivasothi, a.k.a. 'Otterman' is a Lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences and a Research Associate at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore. The mangroves have been the backdrop to his research, education and conservation activities since the late 80's when he first ventured into mangroves as an undergraduate student with NUS.

The problem of marine trash and abandoned drift nets clearly evident during field trips, he agreed to coordinate the first mangrove cleanup in 1997 and the effort now involves more than 70 partners with annual turnout of some 4,000 volunteers. As the national coordinator of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, he is assisted by a team of volunteers called the ICCS Otters. Siva gives talks in schools and organizations about marine life in Singapore and is the author and co-editor of "A Guide to the Mangroves of Singapore", editor of Habitatnews and coordinator of Toddycats! - the Raffles Museum volunteers.

Laura Allen is the COO & Co-Founder of Gone Adventurin.

Started in 2011, Gone Adventurin is a B Corporation certified Business based in Singapore and driving Circular Economy & Waste Management in Asia.

She is a specialist in Asia’s social and environmental challenges - including water scarcity & waste. She has developed sustainability projects for some of the world’s largest brands including Unilever, P&G and Danone. She has been driving Waste Management & Circular Economy projects with leading consumer brands across South-East Asia and India.



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