Global plastic pollution and the damage it causes to our world is one of the most urgent and complex challenges that we face today. Nowadays we are all more aware of the shocking quantity of plastic used day-to-day, how little is recycled, and how this is degrading our planet. With the rise in concern over climate change and environmental degradation, plastic pollution and plastic waste management have become the focal point of worry.  It is not an easy task to proscribe a material that has become deeply enrooted in the modern economy. The demand for plastics is increasing in the Indian market as there is increased demand for automobiles, electronics, pipes and agriculture, infrastructure and packaging.

Unfortunately, there is no recycling for about 70% of the plastic the country consumes and they are simply discarded in most Indian cities. Thus, the world’s largest democracy lodges vast trash heap of plastics in vacant lots or choking up water bodies, recoiling India’s ambitious intent to phase out single-use plastic (SUP). Everybody is concerned with plastic wastes due to its slow decomposition, the release of toxic chemicals in the environment, creation of dirty surroundings, killing of stray animals, polluting the atmosphere, degrading the environment and health hazards.

Single Use Plastic Free India Campaign

Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA), in association with like-minded organisations, youth organisations and academic institutions, launched a  Multi-Event Campaign for Single Use Plastic Free India on 2nd  October 2019 at Thiruvananthapuram. The  campaign  includes  student and youth assembly, panel exhibitions, photo exhibitions, poster exhibitions, street plays, environmental songs, recitations, skit, mime, folk songs, Exhibition on alternatives of Plastic, various competitions etc. The Multi event campaign will continue for one year and will cover all districts of Kerala.

SUP free Campuses

A campaign to stop using  plastic ball point  pen and to use ink pen by all students will be the first activity in each campus. Further school managements will be urged to declare their campuses single use plastic free and all types of SUP’s are eliminated.

SUP Free Eateries

A massive movement involving restaurants, hotels and traders to stop using unnecessary disposable items, such as plastic  straws, drink stirrers, toothpicks, and lids for cups, or make available upon request only; plastic straw, use real plates, cutlery, glasses cloth napkins; provide glass or stainless steel water dispensers for self-serve or refill pitchers; and to use eco-friendly alternatives where ever possible.

The Event

National Expo and Seminar on Single Use Plastic Alternatives is an exploration of how we can reduce or eliminate the use of single use plastics, find and source highly sustainable alternative bio-based materials, design and create biodegradable, reusable, and compostable products and packaging solutions, encourage marketing of highly sustainable products catering to consumer demands and showcase circular business models. All the companies and organizations attending the event have the common goal of offering sustainable solutions to reduce plastic waste and contribute to improving the global plastic pollution crisis.

The event will be a platform for laying the foundation for a mass movement against single use plastics in India.


  • Create awareness among general public on the need of phasing out single use plastics
  • Minimize the consumption of SUPs immediately
  • Promoting and ensuring effective management of plastic wast
  • Reducing, recycling, re-using,  and refusing SUPs
  • Promoting ecologically sustainable development
  • Introduce inventions in alternatives to plastics
  • Provide opportunity for industries to discuss and identify the main challenges and barriers in phasing out single use plastic

  • Exhibit and popularize traditional methods of storage and packing
  • Bring together academia, industry and investors to discuss and commercialize eco-friendly alternative to plastics
  • Provide opportunity to exhibit innovation, products, technologies and scientific findings
  • Ensure that people are aware of the impact of waste on their health, wellbeing and the environment
  • Sensitise the public on climate change – implications on plastic and plastic products


Why attend?

  • Presentations from leading companies contributing in tackling the global plastic pollution crisis.
  • Gain the latest research information to help in eliminating SUPs and discover more natural and re-usable alternatives.
  • Discover the next-generation of highly sustainable materials, technologies, and manufacturing solutions.
  • Exchange knowledge and network with sustainability leaders working to reduce their dependence on plastics.

National Exhibition

13-16 March 2020

The Expo is an unparalleled opportunity to exhibit your products/services, builds new business, interact with industry leaders, create joint-ventures, and tie-ups, and cement customer relationships. Under one roof, meet all the potential product suppliers and buyers, get access to new products and technologies, with live demonstrations, product launches, touch and feel of the products and great networking opportunities.

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Exhibitor Profile:

  • R&D institutes

    • Eco-friendly alternatives to SUPs
    • Mechanical, organic, chemical, and enzymatic recycling of plastics
    • Plastic waste management
    • Latest inventions and technology
  • Manufactures

    • Plant-based alternatives to SUPs
    • Degradable, Renewable resources
    • Multi-use bio-based products
    • Product and material pre-launch
    • Raw material suppliers
    • Equipments
    • Environment friendly fibres
  • Hotels and Restaurants

    • No plastic cutlery, plates
    • Eatable cutlery
    • Reusable stirrers
    • Refillable/ reusable
    • bottles/flasks
    • Wooden key cards
    • No plastic straws
    • No plastic bathroom amenities
    • Gift items- local natural materials
    • No plastic dispensers
    • No plastic decorations
  • Retail & Consumer Goods

    • No plastic takeaway containers
    • Shopping bags
    • Compostable waste collection bags
    • Trays for vegetables, fruits, meat and eggs
    • Tableware
    • Toys
    • Cosmetics
    • Agriculture, Plastic free grow bags
    • Ink pens, pencils and bamboo pens
    • Plastics Free and Plastics Alternatives in Packaging
    • Bioplastic Packaging materials
    • Paper Packaging
    • Rice based Packaging
    • Bio-compostable packaging
    • Biodegradable Packaging
    • Corn based Packaging
    • Re-usable and Recyclable Packaging Solutions
  • Plastic Free Events

  • Clothing & Textiles, Shoes and Sports

  • Medical applications

    • Implants such as screws, pins or plates
    • Material for pills and capsules
    • Furnitures
    • Ecofriendly materials
    • Recycled materials

Stall charges (18% GST Extra)


100 sq.ft


Non AC

100 sq.ft


National Seminar

13-15 March 2020

The seminar sessions will bring together sustainability and environmental experts to discuss practical and innovative solutions to tackle the growing plastic pollution crisis. Business leaders from key industries and academic will discuss and debate the latest research, sustainable product designs, new manufacturing solutions, recycling and reuse of products and raw materials, as well as the latest and next-generation bio-sourced materials.

A conglomerate of experts and delegates across the country discussing on the necessity of phasing out SUP’s and the traditional and emerging alternatives will make the event an indelible experience.

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  • Materials

    • Sustainable alternatives to fossil fuel-based plastics
    • Latest material innovations – biomaterial, biochemical, and bioplastics
    • Microplastics
  • Design

    • Responsible packaging design
    • Sustainable design and end-of-life management
    • Improving recyclability of products and packaging
  • Best Practices

    • Business cases for sustainable products
    • Recycling
  • Management

    • Ways for upcycling to reduce plastic footprint
    • A circular future with less plastic waste
    • Consumer attitudes to packaging and educating the masses
    • Reducing unnecessary plastics
    • Best practice in deposit refund schemes
    • Extended Producer
    • Responsibility
    • Low – or no – plastic events
    • Plastic and Climate Change

Students Innovation Forum

The student innovation forum is intended to provide an opportunity for students to showcase their innovative ideas and solutions to tackle SUP menace in India. Proof of concepts/prototypes and Minimum viable products (MVP) can be submitted.

Entries can be made by individuals or by a team (team of maximum 3 students).The individual/team may send an abstract (500 words) along with illustrations/photographs. A preliminary screening will be done by the selection committee. Opportunity will be provided to the selected entries for display/presentation during the event. The Best entries will be selected by a Jury.

Registration Fee (18% GST Extra)


Upto 28 February 2020  (Rs.)

01 March 2020 onwards & Spot (Rs.)

Delegate from Industry 



Delegate from Academic  institutions






Student Delegates



Inclusions in Registration fee – Delegate kit, Lunch for three days and light refreshments


  • Delegates have to make own arrangements for accommodation and transport.
  • The organising committee will provide the list of hotels and dormitories on the website.
  • For group booking organisers may offer assistance.

Call for Papers

Papers can be submitted for all the themes. The presenters can opt for oral or poster presentations. However, the review committee will decide the mode and theme of presentation.

  • The abstract(s) should be submitted for both forms of presentations.
  • The paper may be submitted through online. (
  • Submission of HARD COPY is NOT allowed.
  • Best Paper award will be presented for each theme.
  • Registration of one of the authors is mandatory for acceptance of abstract.

Last date for submission of abstracts: 10 February 2020

Abstract Guidelines

The abstract(s) should not have more than 500 words and should be uploaded through the website on or before 10th February 2020. The following information may kindly be noted while preparing the abstract:

  • The title of the paper centered with bold capital letters (14 font Times New Roman).
  • Name of the author(s) centered in normal letters (12 font Times New Roman).
  • Address (es) of the author(s) with pin code, phone and fax numbers and e mail. The name of the corresponding and presenting authors should be specifically mentioned (12 font Times New Roman- normal).
  • A 500 word abstract must contain precise information including brief introduction, methodology, highlights of results and conclusion (12 font Times New Roman- normal, justified).
  • At least one author should register by paying the required registration fee.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

  • Posters must be in portrait, DIN A0 format (84 cm wide x 119 cm high).
  • Include the title and authors of the poster as listed in your abstract.
  • Information on the poster should flow from left to right and from top to bottom.
  • Keep your poster simple – avoid too much information, stick to two or three main points.
  • Double space all text, using left justification.
  • Use short sentences, simple words and bullets.
  • All information should be large enough to be read easily from at least one metre distance, suggested text size is at least 24 point; author(s) and affiliation(s) should be at least 42 point; subheadings should be at least 60 point.
  • Self-explanatory graphics should dominate the poster; keep captions brief.

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Business Meet

16  March 2020

The meet will be the podium to compare the best products in India. It will constitute an ideal platform for the kind of high-powered face-to- face business meetings and contacts that will take you forward in leaps and strides.

Bank Details:

Account name  : Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA)
Bank                 :  State Bank of India (SBI), Vellayambalam branch, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Account No      : 67021680619
IFSC Code         : SBIN 0070308

Address for Communication:

Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA)
T.C. 15/510, USRA -55, Udarasiromani Road,
Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram – 695010, Kerala, India

Ph: 0471 2722151 (office)