ECO: THE Plastic-Free World Conference & Expo has gone virtual for 2020


THE Plastic-Free World Conference & Expo has gone virtual for 2020 – with Sirane one of the companies who will now have a seminar live streamed.

Two events had been scheduled by organisers Trans-Global Events – Cologne in June, which had already been rescheduled, and Atlanta in November. This followed the success of last year’s inaugural event in Frankfurt, Germany.

Both have been replaced with a virtual summit on November 9 & 10, 2020

“It’s been a hugely difficult year, hopefully never to be repeated, and we’ve all had to temporarily change the way we live and work,” said Mike Robinson, CEO of Trans-Global Events. “We are disappointed our hands have effectively been tied this year by the restrictions posed by Covid-19, but at the same time we’re really excited and determined that 12 months’ work and preparations will not go to waste.

“We have almost 200 confirmed speakers and in our virtual exhibit area more than 70 of the world’s leading companies and exciting startups are on-hand with products and solutions to help companies reduce their plastic footprints,” Mr Robinson added.

“Those exhibitors will still be showcasing their technologies and solutions via their virtual booths; our speakers will still be offering their expertise via pre-recorded and live interactive presentations and panel discussions; and delegates will benefit from almost everything the real event would have offered.

“And pertinent for 2020, in particular, they’ll be able to experience all of this without having to leave the comfort and safety of their homes or offices.”

Sirane will be one of the companies participating in the virtual exhibition – with MD Simon Balderson among the speakers who will be delivering content.

Sirane’s range of plastic-free packaging solutions includes our paper-based stand-up pouches, Earthpouch, and paper-based flow-wrap film Earthfilm. We also offer both compostable and paper-based absorbent pads, and products such as compostable cling-film compostable shrink-film for fresh produce and bio-films.

In addition, Sirane offers a range of board-based products, including our new recyclable sandwich skillet, Earthwedge. Many of our other board products, including cake boards, patisserie boards, pizza boards, etc, can be offered using eco-friendly coating which mean the products can be recycled after use.

We also have solutions for the horticultural market – such as our plastic-free Earthboard Tree-Guards, which can be used to protect saplings.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “We have plenty of plastic-free packaging solutions to share, and last year’s event in Frankfurt was really successfully for Sirane, and generated a lot of interest in our products – so we are very much looking forward to getting involved with the virtual event, which will have an even wider reach.”

The virtual exhibition area will provide attendees with the opportunity to engage with more than 70 participating companies, in a ‘gamified’ experience of the real thing, right down to the entrance in the exhibit hall and specially created networking areas. Exhibitors and visitors will be able to connect and interact from anywhere in the world, regardless of geographic location, through real-time chat, as well as audio and video capabilities. Exhibitor booth staff will be represented by personalized avatars of their actual images, making them instantly recognizable to old friends or for new contacts to put a face to a name in the future. Essentially, attendees will be able to walk from virtual booth to virtual booth, walk through an individual virtual booth and click on certain products that are of interest, at which point a company representative will pop up to ask if more information is required or whether specific queries can be answered. One-on-one appointments can also be scheduled or discussions reconvened in the virtual networking areas.

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