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Upstream Innovation – practical solutions to achieve circular economy for packaging

It’s time to end the overproduction of single use plastic packaging. The global plastic pollution crisis and it’s ruining impact on the natural environment have caused the laws to change around the world Consumer attitudes and expectations are also changing. No responsible company can ignore this situation and continue business as usual.


This workshop shows practical ways to quite the linear model of take-make-waste and transition to a circular economy for packaging. And you should know straight away – it’s much more than recycling!

About the workshop

This workshop is an introduction to the concept of upstream innovation for plastic packaging - a concept based on circular economy principles. What is meant by upstream are all solutions at the pre-consumption stage, for example at the stage of design, material selection as opposed to the post-consumption stages such as waste collection or recycling.

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The workshop includes

  • a presentation of the three main strategies: elimination, reuse and material circulation - with real life examples from different industries,

  • a set of interactive exercises allowing the participants to apply the concept straight away and face challenges related to some commonly used types of products.

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Practical information

Format: online workshop / webinar
Platforms: Zoom & Miro (provided by us)
Duration: you can choose from one of the 4 options listed below
  • an introduction to circular economy

  • an introduction to upstream innovation and circular economy for packaging

  • a set of interactive exercises

Duration: 5 hours

  • an introduction to upstream innovation and circular economy for packaging

  • a set of interactive exercises

Duration: 4 hours

  • an introduction to upstream innovation and circular economy for packaging

  • a set of interactive exercises

Duration: 3 hours

Webinar / talk
  • a talk on upstream innovation and circular economy for packaging

  • Q&A

​Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes



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Robbert van Tilborg
Sustainability Impact Manager, MIWA Technologies

The Upstream Innovation workshop challenges you to think about circular solutions in a fun and engaging way. It fosters team spirit and encourages a problem-solving. mindset.

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Magda Cebrián
CMO & Co-Founder,
Go Zero Waste

This workshop opened my mind to new and inspiring packaging solutions. It also simulated my imagination to think outside the box when it comes to innovative ways to tackle plastic pollution.


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The Upstream Innovation workshop provides a window into the opportunities that exist when we rethink our relationship with packaging. Anna shows how just a handful of approaches can be applied to a wide range of products and industries. The online collaborative element works really well, keeping ideas organised while giving them space to breathe.

Paul Cohen
Mechanical Design Engineer, Kinneir Dufort Ltd.


Are you wondering whether this workshop is right for your team and your company? Get in touch! We’d be happy to give you more details and discuss how to tailor the workshop to your needs.

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Our Clients

Since March 2019 we had the pleasure to work with the following clients:

Public sector

  • European Solidarity Centre Gdansk

  • City of Gdansk

  • City of Sopot

  • Mazovian Social Policy Centre

  • Pomeranian Science and Technology Park Gdynia

  • Cultural Institute Gdansk (Instytut Kultury Miejskiej)

  • Family Centre Gdynia (Gdynia Rodzinna)

  • UrbanLab Gdynia

  • Centre for Ecological Information and Education in Gdańsk

  • the Mazovia Institute of Culture

Private sector

  • Netguru

  • PURO Hotels

  • Google

  • Bayer

  • Café Kwadrat

  • Yoga & Pilates Centre Gdynia

  • Travel agency KOMPAS

  • State Street


  • Greenpeace

  • Gdansk Entrepreneurship Foundation (Inkubator Starter)

  • Liberte Foundation

  • Generacja Foundation

  • The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association

  • UP Foundation – Fundacja Inicjowania Rozwoju

  • Polish Ecological Club

  • Pomeranian Network of NGOS (Pomorska Sieć Centrów Organizacji Pozarządowych)

  • International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA-Poland)

  • "Strefa Zieleni" Foundation

In 2019 Anna Desogus gave talks and led panel discussions at the following events:

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