Day Two | March 13

Conference Day Two

Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens

  1. Brunching with Brands: How will [sustainable] packaging change over the next 5-10 years?

    Panelist include Hasbro, Wayfair, TemperPack, and Whirpool

    Join us for complimentary hot breakfast while Brunching with Brands to kick off Day Two!

    Packaging is ever changing as companies move closer to sustainability initiatives and consumer demand What challenges does that present for sustainability initiatives?

    Panelists Include:

    • Brian Powers, Co-CEO, TemperPack
    • Suzanne Fisher, Head of Packaging Innovation, Wayfair
    • Ben Kuchler, Director of Sustainability, Hasbro
    • Randy Kerr, Senior Manager Global Packaging – PDx, Whirlpool Corporation


  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Session V: New Models for Reducing or Replacing Packaging

How is consumer demand driving change? How are brands turning their efforts to creating packaging that’s sustainable, refillable, plastic-free or package free?

  1. Plant-based packaging meets plant-based ice cream; A first-to-market branding & manufacturing success story

    Darcey Howard, Global Marketing Director, Coconut Bliss and Murray Bain, VP of Marketing for Stanpac

    The key to reducing waste isn’t to just ‘make less stuff’. It needs to be to ‘make better stuff’ that makes it easier for consumers to do the right thing. This session is a story of “What if..” and exposes what has stood in the way for ice cream brands and other frozen food companies to achieve a more sustainable package that doesn’t use fossil fuels for their moisture vapor barrier. It explores how a purpose driven brand like Coconut Bliss worked with an innovative packaging manufacturer like Stanpac to create a first-to-market bio-polymer.  Not intended to just be a show-n-tell, this session will also provide best practices for impactful actions that brands and manufacturers can use to tighten the lifecycle loop of their products.

  2. Panel: Brands Creating Packaging That’s Sustainable, Refillable, Plastic-Free or even Package Free

    Panel Includes KIND2, Lush, Closed Loop Partners and more!


    • Sue Campbell, Founder of KIND2
    • Bridget Croke, VP External Affairs, Closed Loop Partners
    • Gary Calicdan, Packaging and Print Buyer, Lush
    • more to be confirmed!
  3. Formats of the Future / Building Blocks to a Greener Planet

    Sophie Ryan | Director of Product & Innovation of Archer Roose

    Agriculture is responsible for roughly a quarter of greenhouse emissions each year.  Sustainable Wine Growing estimates that on average, half the carbon footprint of a bottle of wine comes from the production and mishandling of packaging. With wine in particular, the effects of climate change are already apparent and especially acute: Unprecedented wildfires devastating California's winescape, record-low yields in Provence with new grape varietals introduced deemed more environmentally-resistant, emerging wineries in previously uncharted wine regions like China and England. We have to change the way we make wine and consume it: end to end, grape to glass -- to what's next? Here's how Archer Roose is steering the wine industry towards a more certain future. 

  4. Networking Break and Coffee

Session VI: Beyond End of Life, Beyond Recyclability – What Else?

This session will explore what is next? How are environmental issues impacting our ability to recycle? How is global warming?

  1. Delivering on 3 dimensions of sustainability: the modern challenge for food packaging

    Wouter Van Tol | Head of Corporate Responsibility of Huhtamaki

    With the increased attention for circular economy, recyclability and plastic packaging, it is easy to think that environmental impact is the only dimension of sustainability. But as we know there are three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, social and economic. Unless we’re careful, delivering on one dimension can have unintended consequences on the others. This is particularly evident in the case of food and drink packaging, where the challenge is to deliver more environmentally friendly ‘circular’ packaging without compromising on consumer health (food safety) and remaining cost efficient. Join us to hear how Huhtamaki, a leading global food packaging company, is developing innovations across different food packaging technologies to address this challenge.

  2. Smart Product Designs - The journey to a sustainable future

    Kemisola Oloriegbe | Technologist, Packaging Operations N/E of Nigerian Breweries - Heineken Operating Company

    This abstract aims to explore and highlight the need for smart product design to aid food sustainability. According to the UN, the world population is expected to reach 11 billion by 2050. The implication of this statistics is that food production will have to double to meet the need of the increasing population. However, the impact of climate change on agriculture will affect food production significantly and could lead to increasing competition and over-exploitation of natural resources if not properly controlled. This abstract will examine a strategic road map of how to produce smart product design to aid food sustainability.

  3. Title to be Confirmed

    Andrew Kern | Supplier Focused Procurement Manager of Smurfit Kappa

    Abstract Coming Soon!

  4. Networking Lunch

Session VII: Sustainability in E-Commerce Packaging

This session will examine the expanding world of sustainability in the e-commerce sector. Speakers will discuss material advancements, omni-channel sustainability, and the future for sustainability in e-commerce packaging.

  1. Tough conversations and insights in the Packaging Ecommerce World

    Sneha Patel | Global E-Commerce Packaging Innovation Lead, R&D Consumer Beauty Division of Coty Inc.

    Many large CPGs are facing the same challenges in the current Ecommerce channel where it comes to functionality of how packaging will stay intact during transportation, to Supply Chain, to buy in from marketing and commercial business teams in your brand strategy.  This session will be thought provoking and engaging to better understand how to lead fruitful discussions with a strong impact and set goals with E2E operations in mind? 

  2. Ecommerce Packaging: Planning Now for the Policy Shifts We'll Need

    Kyla Fisher | Program Manager of AMERIPEN

    Ecommerce is a rapidly emerging distribution channel. New products and formats, new materials and new processes continue to emerge. Retailers, brand owners and others seek to explore how they can capitalize on this shift in consumer purchasing patterns. AMERIPEN has identified a number of trends which could have implications for curbside recycling, MRFF processing and post-consumer material quality and is working to identify and develop potential policy options which could help States proactively plan for these changes. This presentation will introduce trends and actions we can take to help create a more sustainable e-commerce packaging system.

  3. Panel: Online Retailer Commitments to a Circular Economy with Sustainable E-Commerce Packaging

    Panelist include Lumi and more to come!

    Panelist Include:

    • Stephan Ango, Lumi
    • Jim Maciag, Sonocco
    • more to be confirmed
  4. Innovating Sustainably

    Rocco Colucci | Sustainability Business Development Manager of Brandart

    The luxury industry is the most interesting field for sustainable packaging. Working with different materials gave us the necessary understanding of packaging to start “thinking differently”. It is the moment for luxury brands to pass the message to their younger customers that they care about their future. Because they are the future of this industry and of its products. This is why we offer to our customers redesigned packaging formats, innovative materials, reusable products and support to waste management. Our project started from these ideas and quickly grew to include logistics. Sustainable packaging can’t only look sustainable; it has to originate from a sustainable supply chain.

  5. Networking Break

Session VIII: Alternative Technologies in Sustainable Packaging

  1. New Hope – How technical innovations can save the day

    Sandeep Kulkarni | President of KoolEarth Solutions Inc., USA

    Plastic packaging, particularly single-use plastic packaging, is under tremendous pressure amid growing global concern about litter in oceans and on land. Numerous countries have implemented or proposed regulations and bans on various types of plastic packaging. Recyclers globally are struggling to stay in business due to low virgin plastic prices as well as China’s National Sword policy. Yet there is a silver lining to this gloomy scenario, thanks to numerous new technical innovations. These include new materials, new packaging formats and new recycling/processing technologies for post-use plastics. This presentation will review some of these innovations, and will also demonstrate a new solutions and collaboration platform called Ubuntoo, which can help accelerate innovations aimed at solving plastic waste and litter.

  2. The ‘Digital Passport’ that Can Revolutionize Plastic Sorting Techniques

    Larry Logan | Chief Evangelist of Digimarc Corporation

    There are currently limitations in plastic sorting technology, making it difficult to identify plastics that qualify for recycling, which results in their unnecessary disposal into landfills or incinerators. But an identification technology based on digital watermarking can provide a digital passport for plastic packaging and redirect plastic back into the manufacturing stream. The technology is known as Digimarc Barcode and can be encoded in printed material (labels, sleeves, in-mould labels) in the form of subtle variations in the printed artwork, as well as being encoded in the plastic itself in the form of micro-topological variations in the surface of the plastic via a mould.

  3. Closing Keynote: How digital packaging reduces environmental impact

    Ron Firooz, Product Marketing and Business Development Manager – HP Digital Pre Print Corrugated Packaging, HP

    Digital printing technology allows companies to focus on sustainability, recyclability and circular economics. By that to give their customers the opportunity to lead their business with the environmental messaging and to gain more customers.
    When companies design for sustainability, the entire supply chain reduces environmental impact.

    Print smaller quantities with targeted VDP, versioning, and customization. Print on-demand what you need, when you need it

    No plates and cylinders. Reduce inventory levels and obsolescence. Increase resource efficiency.

    Reduce unnecessary shipping, reducing carbon footprint and non-renewable energy

    Our Design for Environment program (DfS) ensures that we focus on what’s best for the planet with each product. The principals of DfS include:

    • Materials innovation
    • Energy efficiency
    • Product as a service
    • Durability and reparability
    • End of service options
    • Social Impact
    • Recycling of consumables, materials, and printed media
  4. Closing Remarks and Farewell Advisory Board