PLAST 2023: The Green Economy Involves Plastics and Rubber


PLAST 2023: The Green Economy Involves Plastics and Rubber

Carbon footprints of exhibitors and green innovation among the novelties at the exhibition

Circularity, sustainability, and energy savings are some of the guiding themes at PLAST 2023, taking place from 5 to 8 September in the halls of Fiera Milano in Rho. The green economy is a theme that is applicable to the entire plastics and rubber industry and generates a strong push toward innovation and the search for new production paradigms with a central focus on emissions reduction and environmental protection.

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An exclusive service for exhibitors: assessment of carbon footprint

As part of its effort to promote sustainability – a theme guiding the entire industry – and with the consolidated tradition of Fiera Milano behind it, PLAST provides exhibitors a service for calculating the carbon footprint of their organization. Fiera Milano has long been committed to reducing its environmental impact and CO2 emissions generated by events in its facilities by optimizing logistical operations, properly managing wastes, and adopting sustainable food-service practices in keeping with the PLAST philosophy, which is shared with all exhibitors.

Working in collaboration with the specialized company Ambiente Consulenza & Ingegneria, Amaplast supports and guides exhibiting companies wishing to calculate their carbon footprint according to standards developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which operates under the aegis of the United Nations, applying internationally recognized protocols (GHG Protocol and ISO 14064). Assessment of the Carbon Footprint of Organization is one of the most immediate and generally accepted methods for representing and communicating the environmental impact of an enterprise. Amaplast has also undertaken this process for its own internal operations and will share the initial results during PLAST 2023.

Sustainability at the fair: the French collective

Making its first appearance at PLAST this year, the French collective, composed of 24 businesses, boasts a significant number of projects directly related to sustainability with a particular focus on new, bio-based, compostable, or recycled materials. Sponsored by “French Fab”, which brings together the industrial ecosystem across France, the group will present, among the many novelties, CABAMIX by the JM Polymers Group, which proposes its new CARBOMAX PHOENIX range of 100% bio-based, compostable, or recycled plastics; NATUREPLAST with new bioplastics obtained from food industry scrap or by-products (cereals, shellfish, algae, etc.); the two start-ups POLYTOPOLY, specialized in research, analysis, and sales of recycled plastics via a digital platform, and HOLIMAKER, which will exhibit a French-made manual injection press for plastics that is unlike any other in Europe. Known as the HoliPress, it offers injection moulding of nearly industrial quality at reduced costs using 3D moulds and offering options for recycling.

The future of the plastics and rubber industry will be in Milan from 5 to 8 September in an event currently boasting 1300 registered exhibitors and ready to host official buyer delegations from 34 countries. Pre-registration is open for professional operators seeking direct contact with specialized firms and solutions for any needs they might have for products, technologies, systems, and business opportunities.


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