Mats Linder

Mats Linder

Mats Linder 
Freelance Consultant, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


The New Plastics Economy – innovation to enable a circular economy for plastics

The New Plastics Economy is a collaborative, systemic approach to address the fundamental issues of the current plastics economy, starting with packaging. Innovation plays a major role to transition to a circular economy for plastics, and is a topic the initiative has worked hard on, for example by running the $2 million New Plastics Economy innovation prize. One of the key needs innovation is to address design failures to make sure plastics does not become waste in the first place. Such innovation, however, needs the support of a strong and dynamic ecosystem.

About Mats Linder

A chemist by training, Mats first heard about circular economy in 2013 and has since been passionate about understanding and advancing the concept. He joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in late 2014 and has led the innovation programme within New Plastics Economy initiative, which included setting up and running the 2017 Innovation Prize funded by Wendy Schmidt. Since his recent move to Stockholm, he now supports the EMF as a freelance consultant.


Don’t just take our word for it

I strongly recommend Innovation Takes Root. It's a good opportunity to understand and see what happens in this area of biopolymers. It's an international event and not just on PLA. I think it's well done, well-managed, and well-organized. It was a good investment for me.
Marco Garilli

Innovation Expert - Polymers, Electrolux

I'd definitely come back (to ITR) and recommend it. I think many different industries could learn something from a conference like this - it really is focused on the next level of sustainability.
Maddie Guillory

Vice President, Titan Robotics

It has been a wonderful event; very well organized. I especially appreciate the scheduling of activities, the alternation of speeches, and time to network, which has been one of the key successes from my point of view. We also felt very supported by your team; we had the feeling you believe in what Flo is doing and, for us, that's very important.
Tazio Zerbini

Operations Director, Flo S.p.A.