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Ronny Matzat

Eco Expo Guest Speakers

Bioplastics, and why Bio is not the same as Bio

The bottom line up front – Any current petrochemical plastic product can be substituted by a bioplastic. Oil‐based plastics are bad ‐ bad for the environment and bad for you. We all know this but still seem to turn a blind eye to it. Good news is, there are environmentally friendly and healthy alternatives in the form of bioplastics that are emerging on the market.

Ronnie’s presentation will start with some “food for thought” on our general approach on sustainability in the western world and the issues with in our capitalist system. We hope to deepen those thoughts with interested people afterwards and to start a discussion on how to overcome certain limitations due to the existing system.

Building on that, there will be a focus on the plastic industry as the biggest polluter of them all and show our current activities and future plans to transform today’s petrochemical plastic industry into a sustainable and environmentally friendly domain. Ronnie will break the certain myths on both, petro‐ (bad) and bio‐ (good) plastics, explain the basics on bioplastics and give an outline on what to look for in plastics to be sure you are not being fooled into some green washed plastic product by misleading industry marketing.

Last but not least Ronnie will introduce you to our internationally awarded biopolymers and show you the wide range of products made from it ‐ both in testing phase and already available on the market, from innovative planting systems to household goods and 3D printing filament. Come along, get inspired and involved by joining the discussion on how to turn the plastic industry into a sustainable domain.

About Ronny Matzat

Ronny was born in former East Germany and describes himself as a world citizen and creative superhero. Growing up where “sustainability” was a necessity to survive, he developed a broad skillset and a very creative mind. Architect, product designer, educator, sustainability advocate, businessman, photographer ‐ Ronny is wearing many hats (literally). His mind-set functions in a world of unities, one that considers the environment, people and the bigger picture.

At the core of Ronny’s work is a passion for innovation and design putting people in the centre of the picture. He is one of the few young designers that intuitively and holistically designs with environmental principles and knowledge resulting in innovative solutions. His design projects have won awards in innovation and sustainable design, unveiling him as an emerging talent in the industry. Ronny is the founder and director of DSGN Kartell as well as a co‐founder and design consultant for the Green Building Institute Australia (GBI), where him and the GBI team claimed the “Innovation of the Year” award at the 2016 Sustainability awards, for creating the world’s first green online college.

As his very latest business endeavor, Ronny co‐founded Biolastics, a company set to transform today ́s plastic industry into a sustainable domain by using bioplastics made from renewable raw material.  He has been published in journals from Australia to Africa and is a regular speaker at various sustainability and innovation events around Australia and overseas. Ronny is also a member of Al Gore ́s Climate Reality Leadership Corps educating people on the impacts and consequences of climate change and providing solutions with focus on the built environment.

Ronny Matzat - DSGN Kartell
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