Plastic Bag Ban To Kickstart New Style Economy? PLASTICITY says it will!

While the Malaysian government’s insightful ban on polystyrene, plastic bags and straws has business-owners scrambling to comply, a special few recognise the boycott as the critical first step towards Malaysia’s participation in a lucrative new market in recovered plastics. The new Circular Economy in plastic is tipped to generate $320Bn globally, and Malaysia could well capture the lion’s share.

Circular Economy is the term coined for the new-style marketplaces where resources (such as plastics) are used again and again in a continuous cycle of profit and sustainability.

Plastic waste as a resource and a business opportunity is the core of Plasticity – the travelling global forum inspiring plastic circular economy businesses – coming to Malaysia 25 October 2018.

“Malaysia has been chosen to host Plasticity because of its strong manufacturing sector, its leadership in the region and its exciting business appetite for new opportunities,” said Mr Douglas Woodring, Founder of Plasticity and Managing Director at Ocean Recovery Alliance.

”Plastic is in high demand with consumption growing faster than population. However, less than 10% of plastic used gets recovered and reused – resulting in plastic pollution clogging our rivers, seas and oceans; being ingested by the fish we eat. Rather than dwell on the negative, Plasticity focuses on the solutions we can create.

“Clearly the introduction of a bag-ban, while inconvenient at first, is an important signal to the market that new and innovative business models are needed. In this new economy, waste is not wasted – it creates new economic value. Many are trying to capitalise on the move toward the new circular economy for plastics and Malaysia could dominate in the region if businesses get onboard early.”

“Over the past six months, and especially post-election, we have met many Malaysian businesses interested in the opportunities that flow from circular economies. This is new business growth, beyond recycling and waste management - it’s product development, resource harvesting and new business models”, added Ms Trish Hyde, Director at Plasticity and Managing Director of The Plastics Circle.

“Smart businesses globally are looking at plastic waste through a new lens, seeking innovative ways for plastic to be used again and again in continuous circulation. We invite businesses in the region to join a very big conversation at Plasticity.”

To find out more about Plasticity and book a ticket for the forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 25th October - visit



Doug Woodring (WhatsApp) +61 408 300 546

Trish Hyde (WhatsApp) +61 408 300 546


Plasticity is the global forum for practical, progressive thinkers who are excited about the future of plastic and the planet. A one-day intensive collaboration of business leaders and industry influencers, Plasticity sparks the conversations that ignite world-changing initiatives.

Utilising the "Ted-Talks" format, Plasticity introduces practical sustainability concepts that are relevant to today's business world, and showcases new market opportunities for transforming plastic waste into valuable second-life resources. Plasticity is much more than a conference: it's a global movement of informed eco-optimism, fuelled by exciting new circular economic thinking and ground breaking technological advances.

Since its inaugural forum in 2012 at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, Plasticity has been hosted in Hong Kong, New York, Lisbon, Shanghai, London, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Sydney. Now, the 10th Global Plasticity Forum is coming to Kuala Lumpur, with local and international speakers, presentations, panels, networking opportunities, and lots of big ideas. Plasticity Malaysia – The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, 25 October 2018.​

Businesses are invited to be part of the Movement and join in the Conversation.

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