Oct 29

Writing the new story of plastic

Break Free From Plastic

About this Event

How ambitious policy can prevent plastic pollution globally, from production to waste trade

A virtual conference by the Break Free From Plastic movement 


About the conference 

Over the past few years, the EU has taken significant steps forward to tackle plastic pollution, with the adoption of an ambitious Directive on Single Use Plastic.

Several other discussions are also ongoing; with the review of the EU’s waste shipment regulations and new opportunities to address plastic pollution upstream with the EU Green Deal. Furthermore the EU & member states are playing an important role within the UNEA process, where options for a binding mechanism on plastic pollution are being discussed.

The conference will bring together members of the Break Free From Plastic movement, policymakers, members of the press, and citizens worldwide as we come together to discuss how to stop plastic pollution for good. Building off of the key themes of the film The Story of Plastic, we will explore EU and global policy options, in order to find long term solutions to plastic pollution, from production to waste trade and end of life.



The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing. 

The film exposes the impacts of plastic production and waste trade on the local populations, and showcases the work of activists who are  implementing solutions and advocating for policy action, culminating at the global level with the ask for a Global Treaty on plastics that would tackle pollution along the entire value chain.

How to watch the film: A VOD link to watch the film will be sent to the participants in advance and an online screening will also be organised during lunchtime, just before the conference.



12:00-13:35 Screening of the Story of Plastic

14:00 Introduction: Delphine Lévi Alvarès, Coordinator of BFFP Europe and Rethink Plastic alliance

14:05 Keynote by Journalist & Author, Dorothée Moisan

14:30 Simultaneous panel discussions 

1. Panel 1 - Petrochemicals, Plastic Production and the EU Climate Agenda

Moderator: Lisa Tostado, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union


  • Sam Van den plas, Carbon Market Watch
  • Martin Hojsík, MEP - Renew Europe
  • Kingsmill Bond, Carbon Tracker Initiative 

2. Panel 2 - Global Treaty on Plastics

Moderator: Christina Dixon, Environmental Investigation Agency


  • Giulia Carlini, Center for International Environmental Law
  • Hugo-Maria Schally, European Commission
  • Christian Sekomo, University of Rwanda 

3. Panel 3 - Waste Trade

Moderator: Sirine Rached, GAIA


  • Tim Grabiel, Environmental Investigation Agency
  • Gael de Rotalier, European Commission
  • Sedat Gündoğdu, Cukurova University

15:45 Closing remarks: Delphine Lévi Alvarès, Coordinator of BFFP Europe and Rethink Plastic alliance & Justine Maillot, Rethink Plastic alliance

16:00 End of Conference


Please note: all the sessions will be recorded for access afterwards, so the event is therefore not following Chatham House rules. 






Estelle's photo

Estelle Eonnet

Communications Officer Europe, Break Free From Plastic

Eilidh's photo

Eilidh Robb

Communications Officer, Rethink Plastic alliance

Lisa's photo

Lisa Tostado

Head of Programme - International Climate, Energy and Agricultural Policy, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union

Martin 's photo

Martin Hojsík

Member of the European Parliament , Groupe Renew Europe

Kingsmill 's photo

Kingsmill Bond

Energy Strategist , Carbon Tracker

Christina 's photo

Christina Dixon

Senior Ocean Campaigner , Environmental Investigation Agency

Giulia  's photo

Giulia Carlini

Staff Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

  Dr. Hugo-Maria 's photo

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally

DR Environment, European Commission

  Christian 's photo

Christian Sekomo

Senior Lecturer, The University of Rwanda (UR), College of Science and Technology (CST) in the School of Science (SoS) in the Department of Chemistry

Sirine's photo

Sirine Rached

Global Policy Advocate, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

Tim's photo

Tim Grabiel

Senior Lawyer, Environmental Investigation Agency

 Dr. Sedat 's photo

Dr. Sedat Gündoğdu

Associate Professor of Marine Biology, Microplastic Research Group, Faculty of Fisheries Cukurova University

 Gael 's photo

Gael de Rotalier

Team Leader, European Commission

Delphine's photo

Delphine Lévi Alvarès

Coordinator, Break Free From Plastic Europe & Rethink Plastic

Justine's photo

Justine Maillot

Policy Coordinator, Rethink Plastic

Carlotta's photo

Carlotta Cataldi

Visual Harvester/Recorder, Carlotta Cat

Dorothée's photo

Dorothée Moisan

Journalist & Author,

Sam's photo

Sam Van den plas

Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch

Event Starts

Thu, 29 Oct 2020

12:00 PM


Event Ends

Thu, 29 Oct 2020

4:00 PM


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