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Welcome to Plastic Reality Project 2024

A unique opportunity for business and sustainability leaders to see the plastic waste crisis and innovative solutions - up close and in person.
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Introducing the Plastic Reality Project 2024.

This year, rePurpose Global's much-awaited Plastic Reality Project is all set to take exclusive cohorts of business and sustainability leaders on a journey to witness the real challenges, solutions, and people solving the global plastic crisis.
This will be an eye-opening, lived, emotional experience, where we confront the realities of the environmental and humanitarian complexities of the global plastic crisis first-hand.
We believe that this can completely transform how we relate to the problem, and inspire some much-needed energy to drive real change.
You will see unique waste value chains, and get a close and personal look at how real impact on plastic pollution is created in India and Colombia.
On this expedition, you will visit landfills, waste hotspots, and recovery facilities. You'll meet formal and informal waste workers, witness innovative models, and see community-driven solutions in action. You'll gain insights from leading waste experts and collaborate with peers to think about the future of plastic waste action.

Plastic Reality Project 2024

September 23rd to 27th, 2024 in India

What to Expect

Join us, as we explore the vastly different urban and rural waste value chains in India that offer a solution to mismanaged plastic waste with their unique approaches. Engage with waste worker communities and dive into stories from the ground.
  • Explore rePurpose Impact Projects
  • Experience and understand the plastic pollution problem first-hand
  • Brainstorm with fellow industry leaders on the future of waste reduction and prevention
  • Engage with circular economy experts and participate in a flagship Solutions Simulation workshop

What past attendees have to say


Salma Fotovat

Sourcing and Procurement Director, Riverside Natural Foods

"You can read about [plastic waste], you can see statistics and numbers and get alarmed – absolutely. But this is a whole other level of reality, and the magnitude of it is very intense.
It was great to meet so many inspiring and compassionate leaders who care so much. The connections I've made will be long lasting!"
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Aaron White

VP of Product Development & Sustainability, Mananalu

“If you have the opportunity, come here and see it. Because unless you see you don't know. And if you don't know, you can't change anything. Come here and see what's going on and what organisations like rPG are doing to solve this really complex problem.”
Jon Smieja

Jon Smieja

VP Circularity, GreenBiz

"It is astonishing how little I knew about waste management in this part of the world. This was an eye-opening experience, to say the least. The way rePurpose set up the problem early and then some of the solutions later was invaluable! The cultural experiences were an amazing addition too."

How it all started

The journey began in Chennai, on India’s South-East Coast where attendees visited state-of the art Material Recovery Facility of rePurpose Global's impact project Neela Sapana. We explored the inner workings of the urban waste value chain that catalyzes the ethical collection and disposal of hazardous ocean-bound low-value plastic waste.
We then continued on to Kerala on India's West Coast where attendees visited rePurpose Global's impact project Hara Kal (erstwhile Hara Bhoomi) that recovers and processes low-value and hard-to-recycle ocean-bound plastics, in collaboration with local community groups.

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The award-winning inaugural expedition with support from Sustainable Ocean Alliance and GreenBiz Group was launched in September 2022 and was repeated in 2023 as a week-long immersive experience in India.

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Logistical Support

Got questions on the Plastic Reality Project? Our planning team will be available to support you with any information or logistical assistance you may need.
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Visa Process Support

We will provide you an invite letter you need to apply for your visa to attend the Plastic Reality Project.
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Domestic Trip Planning

All of your local travel, stay, food and ensuring your safety on the Plastic Reality Project are our responsibility. All you will need to cover are your international air tickets.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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We can’t wait to travel with you!