The Future of Plastics & Compostable and Recyclable Workshop
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?
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Bridget Croke | VP External Affairs of Closed Loop Partners
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Tom Black | International Sales, Plantic of Kuraray Americas Inc.
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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 popular sub-straits and how they compare
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.
Coffee and Networking Break
Compostable and Recyclable
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?
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.
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.
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
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Speaker from Biodegradable Products Institute, Inc.
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.