SXSW PanelPicker: Ocean of Plastic
Plastic waste is choking our rivers and carpeting our oceans — the infamous Pacific trash vortex is currently the size of Texas. A problem of this magnitude demands innovation from many directions at once. Some fascinating proposals have been entered in the 2020 SXSW PanelPicker on the subject of plastic waste. They include reducing our reliance on plastic packaging, promoting sustainable fashion, smarter design, rethinking the product lifecycle, and producing new kinds of plastic that degrade naturally.
- Why Plants are the Next Generation of Plastic
- The Plastic Crisis is Also the Climate Crisis
- Plastic Waste Sucks, E-Commerce is Making it Worse
- Packing Away the Plastic: Earth-Saving Solutions
- A Future Without Plastic
- How a Piece of Plastic Can Change the World
- Shed-free Chic: Making Apparel Plastic Free
- Circular Fashion: Clothes with Endless Value
- Wasting Away: The Cheerful Future of Trash
- Designing to Combat Disposability Culture
These are just a few of the thousands of ideas that have been entered via the 2020 SXSW PanelPicker — speaking proposals cover everything from astrobiology to nanotechnology to zebras and everything in between. That’s where you come in! Sign in to your SXSW account (or create a new one) to vote and comment on the proposals that you think should be part of next year’s March Magic. But hurry because voting ends at 11:59 Pacific Time on Friday, August 23.
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About 10-20% of the proposals will be accepted as sessions for the March 2020 event. These sessions will be announced on the SXSW website in mid-October. Buy your badge now so you can be part of the massive learning, discovery, cross-industry networking and creativity that is South by Southwest.
Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.