The Future of Plastics & Compostable and Recyclable Workshop

The Future of Plastics

The Future of Plastics

March 11, 2020 | 12:30 - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Paul Earl-Torniainen, Project Manager – Packaging, Blue Diamond Growers

The quest to reduce or eliminate plastic waste has been an ongoing battle. By encouraging the entire supply chain to work together, the amount of plastic waste will go down and put plastics back into the supply chain, where it belongs. Advancements in plastics will help reduce waste, create new solutions to an ongoing problem and bring solutions to the table. This workshop will address: How are renewable and recyclable plastics changing the industry? How are companies working to eliminate plastic waste? What steps do companies need to take to work together with the supply chain to achieve the ultimate goal?

  1. Plastics: Navigating the Rapidly Evolving Landscape for Corporates

    Allison Shapiro | Closed Loop Partners

    Single-use plastics, ocean pollution, and climate issues are front page news, capturing the attention of the world and corporates are in urgent search of solutions. From exploring new material science, to innovative new delivery models for products, to advanced procurement strategies, there will be no silver bullet. It will take all the tools in our toolkit to tackle such global challenges. Join our session to learn more about these tools.  

  2. Marketing Sustainability Across the Value Chain

    Tom Black | Director of International Sales- Plantic of Kuraray Americas Inc.

    How do we accept change?  Are packers, processors and converters keen to adopt new materials or processes?  Are Brand Owners and Retailers eager for a point of difference?  What are they willing to risk and what’s the reward?  Kuraray’s Plantic® offering, a sustainable high barrier material, has been a packaging material of choice for a number of global retailers, brand owners and converters where alignment with corporate objectives are essential.  Learn of the challenges and pathways to marketing sustainable packaging materials across the value chain and the necessary “must haves” to compete.

  3. The Unspoken Truth of Sustainability

    Craig Robinson | Global VP of Business Development and Innovation of PTI

    In this discussion, we will share insights on how the current deposit system in the US by just 10 states could be the key to solving the rPET shortage. By broadening this method to the other 40 states of the nation, we could quickly close the gap to help brands meet their sustainability goals.

    Three key things that will be learned in this session:

    • Key data from the 10 states that are currently utilizing the deposit-based return system
    • What happens to PET after it goes into your recycle bin
    • Learn about the return rates of the most common packaging materials and how they compare
  4. PEF - Opening the door to fully recyclable, high-barrier packaging

    Elizabeth Eaves | Technical Application Manager of Avantium Renewable Polymers

    PEF (poly ethylene furanoate) is a 100% plant-based, recyclable polymer which can be used in multiple applications, particularly packaging. PEF has an improved barrier compared to PET and other materials, but is in many ways similar to PET and fits well with existing PET production, processing and recycling. This opens up new, fully recyclable packaging opportunities, as many current high-barrier solutions are single-use only. Since 2011, Avantium and its partners have gained ample know-how and experience in high-quality PEF production as well as various applications such as bottles, films and fibers. Here we will share some of our experiences, and reflect on the future potential of PEF.

  5. Coffee and Networking Break

Compostable and Recyclable

Compostable and Recyclable: Breaking Down the Challenges

March 11, 2020 | 3:30-6:00 PM

Making packaging more sustainable isn’t the ‘catch-all’ everyone thought it would be. When looking to make packaging more circular, it becomes a multi-faceted issue when you look past reusable options. This workshop will address real life examples of end-of-life challenges that have come from attempting to make packaging compostable, biodegradable and/or recyclable. Topics will include how to design biodegradable/compostable and/or recyclable packaging and advice directly from end-of-life experts. What are the repercussions of accepting materials that are considered compostable when the material might not add value back into the soil? When does compostable design make more sense than recyclable design? How do you successfully use labels and make claims?

  1. Compostable Packaging: Breaking Down the Details

    Emily Williams | Global Growth Platform Leader, Circular Economy of Michelman

    A global cultural shift to an on-the-go lifestyle has caused a significant increase in consumers eating outside of the home. This causes nearly everyone to come into contact with food service packaging on a daily basis.

    As we look to innovate a more sustainable future for our planet and develop packaging products that work within the Circular Economy framework, food service packaging presents us with a few challenges. Most food service packaging items contaminated with food will not be accepted by recyclers, so innovations have shifted to focus on compostable packaging.

    The development of compostable solutions for food service packaging faces a unique set of challenges from varying regional market needs, regulations, economics, raw material choices, and infrastructure availability. We will discuss what potential solutions may look like in this complex global landscape.

  2. Technologies that support innovative and sustainable packaging designs

    Rachel Gibbons | Global Business Director, Adhesive Coated Solutions of H.B. Fuller, USA

    The Fast-growing e-Commerce market is changing packaging requirements and is challenging packaging engineers to become more creative.  Packaging needs to survive the increased number of touchpoints along the e-Commerce supply chain while at the same time must delight consumers with frustration free opening, easy return and curbside recycling.

    In this presentation Rachel Gibbons, Global Business Director, for H.B. Fuller, will share functional solutions that support innovative packaging designs.  She will share her market expertise on how these solutions can enhance packaging design, empower brand image, and improve customer experience while supporting your sustainability goals.

  3. End of Life options for PLA as part of the circular economy: composting, physical and chemical recycling

    Derek Atkinson | Senior Business Director, The Americas of Total Corbion PLA

    PLA is not simply a biobased polymer. It’s unique morphology makes many EOL solutions possible. On top of the known industrial compostability and like most other polymers the ability to be physically recycled, PLA is particularly suited to chemical recycling. These aspects will be explored in this talk

  4. The Art and Science of Compostability Labeling and Messaging

    Wendell Simonson | Marketing Director of BPI

    Compostable products and packaging have little value if they are not labeled and messaged in ways that can be easily understood by a wide array of audiences. Composters, haulers, commercial purchasers, retail consumers, and end-users (to name a few) all have a need for information about products and packaging labeled as compostable. Composters need the ability to visually distinguish compostable products from their non-compostable counterparts as quickly as possible. Manufacturers often have technical and spatial challenges to deal with when trying to label products themselves. Confusion about what compostability actually means makes it difficult when trying to guide end-of-use behavior. Direction from the FTC and other regulatory bodies is often well intentioned but lacking in the specificity required to translate neatly into the packaging world. The result is a disparate set of labeling approaches on display by manufacturers and brands aiming to communicate compostability. In this session, we’ll talk about what to do and what to avoid when creating labeling and messaging strategies for compostable products and packaging. 

  5. Sorting Out the Myths and Truths of Plastics & Creating a Closed Loop System

    Mike Riola | National Recycling Manager of Rehrig Pacific Company

    The process for collecting, sorting and reusing plastics can be complex and daunting.  Utilizing case studies and years of experience in employing recycled material, Rehrig Pacific will break down the process. They will detail the advancements and usability of post-consumer recycled materials, including ocean recovered and ocean bound plastics.  How product that has gone through its intended use is being recycled and reused in the manufacturing of new products.  In this presentation, they will share how these efforts can fit into larger closed loop systems to achieve greater sustainability in packaging.