Costa Rica Forum ‘The Future of Plastics in Circular Economy’

June 27, 2022

On June 16th, the Holland House Costa Rica, supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Costa Rica, organized a seminar on ‘The Future of Plastics in Circular Economy’ in San Jose, Costa Rica. Close to 100 representatives of the public and private sectors attended. In addition, our special envoy, Bert Keesman, presented a keynote speech on the Dutch approach to plastics, the transition strategy for greener and more sustainable businesses, the benefits of plastic within a circular economy, and some innovative examples in packaging.

Photo: A panel discussion moderated by Bert Keesman, Special Envoy HCH, Cynthia Córdoba of the Ministry of Energy and Environment in Costa Rica, Gianinna Perea of Holland House on Costa Rica, and Rosa Gutiérrez from the Costa Rican Chamber of the Plastics Industry ACIPLAST.


"Plastics does have a role in the future circular economy, but it will take a concerted effort to map a sustainable course. I warmly recommend that Costa Rica follow the example of Chile, Colombia and Peru to work towards a mandatory system of Extended Producer Responsibility in (Plastic) Packaging"

Bert Keesman, Secial Envoy HCH

Now available in Spanish: Circular Plastics brochure and 3D plastics video

During the event, all participants received a copy of the HCH publication on ‘Circular Economy for plastics’ and had the opportunity to experience the ‘Circular Plastics’ virtual reality video, both now available in Spanish.

Thanks to the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Costa Rica and the Holland House Colombia (Chamber of Commerce), the online Spanish translations of ‘A circular economy for plastics: Let’s turn challenges into opportunities’ brochure, and our 3D video on circular plastics’ are now available.

With the ‘Circular Economy for plastics’ brochure, Holland Circular Hotspot and TNO bring their insights to the international level and share best practices hoping to inspire everyone worldwide to take action on circular development. The book outlines critical solutions such as energy-efficient bubbles that stop plastics from entering the ocean, solar-powered interceptors, new business and design models, smart collection solutions, high-tech and fully automated sorting practices and chemical recycling technologies.

El futuro de plasticos en Economia Circular