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Dear Friends,

Greetings from CISSA!

We are delighted to inform you that a Four-day National Expo and Seminar on Single Use Plastic Alternatives ( SUPA 2020) is being jointly organised by Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA) and Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT) during 17-20 August 2020 at Seminar Complex, CUSAT, Kochi, Kerala. The collaborating organisations for this event are: (i)MG University, (ii)APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, (iii)Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE), acknowledged by UNU, (iv)Kerala State Productivity Council and (v) Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA). The Departments of Biotechnology, Polymer Science and Rubber Technology and Chemical Engineering are representing in organising the event from CUSAT.

The solution to the plastic waste problem is centered around the substitution of plastic with other biodegradable materials. The ideas have been appropriated by several industries and startups and are producing substitute materials ranging from conventional cloth, glass, wood and paper to novel materials from vegetable fibres and cellulose. Bioplastics made from a variety of sources such as corn, Bagasse (a by-product of sugarcane processing) and Prawn shell plastic etc. are available in the market. But there findings have not popular among the public. The solution to India’s plastic waste problems can be addressed through targeted production of alternative materials and investments in recycling and ensuring sustained effort to cut down consumption.

People are ready to eliminate waste, but we need to re-invent the way we craft, produce, distribute and use fast moving consumer goods.

As Prime Minister Sri.NarendraModi said “We have to build an andolan (movement) to induce behavioural change which was at the heart of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy”  

We cordially invite you  to join us for this first of its kind  event ,  where  you’ll be able to meet target consumers,  meet suppliers, innovators and change-makers, and share stories of your passion towards plastic-free India with others in the community.

L. Radhakrishnan IAS (Retd.)
Chairman, Organising Committee

Dr.Sarita G. Bhat
Vice Chairperson, Organising Committee

Dr.A.G.Pandurangan
Vice Chairperson, Organising Committee

Dr. Honey John
Vice Chairperson, Organising Committee

Dr. G. Madhu
Organising Secretary

Dr.Sureshkumar C.
Chief Co-ordinator

SUPA 2020 is Postponed

The National Seminar and Expo on Single Use Plastic Alternatives scheduled to be held on 17-20 August 2020 (SUPA 2020) stands postponed due to the Covid -19 pandemic. The future dates of the event will be updated as and when the conditions become normal.