2020 Preview: Workshops

The Future of Plastics

The Future of Plastics

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

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. Presentations To Be Confirmed

Compostable and Recyclable

Compostable and Recyclable: Breaking Down the Challenges

March 11, 2020 | 3:30-5:30

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. Presentations To Be Confirmed

Fireside Chat: Live Consumer Panel Workshop

Fireside Chat: Live Consumer Panel Workshop

March 11, 2020 | 1:00 - 5:00 PM

  1. Live Consumer Panel Workshop

    This interactive workshop will address consumer behaviors, how to address packaging changes to consumers and how to get them to ‘buy-in’ with company sustainability initiatives. Attendees will be able to participate in polling and submit questions in addition to the questions that are already asked by the moderator. After the consumer panel, we can have a market research company present on how companies can use this information to make the change internally and gain the trust of the consumer while convincing them to change with them.

    Questions that will be addressed:

    • How do we get customers to embrace change while packaging changes?
    • How do you believe that packaging is really selling you the right story?
    • Additional questions to address: How can we get people to speak on end of life or use of the packaging – communicating the changes to consumers and get them to respond.