Sustainability in Packaging US 2018 | Day 2

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | Program Day 2

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Registration and Opening Welcome Remarks

  1. Registration Opens

  2. Conference Welcome

    Kimberlee Rohrer, Head of Production- Americas, Smithers Pira

  3. Opening Keynote: Lessons Learned from a Sustainable City

    Keefe Harrison, CEO, Recycling Partnership and Invited: The City of Chicago

Session I: The Problem Addressed

As the packaging industry continues to grow, sustainability will become an increasingly important factor for decision makers at all stages of the supply chain. From reducing waste and greenhouse gasses to sourcing sustainably, what is the problem, how are we addressing it, and how can sustainable packaging become a commercial viable option.

Moderator: Andy Corlett, Director Global Packaging Solutions & Innovation, Starbucks

  1. Extending the Life of our Natural Resources: The Cascading Materials Vision

    Erin Simon | Director for Sustainability Research & Development of World Wildlife Fund

    Today we face increasing resource scarcity, while at this same time waste threatens to overwhelm our planet.  To meet this challenge, the public and private sectors will need to come together to turn waste into a resource. By doing so, we can extend the life of our natural resources – doing more with less. However, this complex problem will not be easy to overcome. In this talk, we’ll explore the barriers to better global materials management and a new approach to overcome them.              

  2. Maintaining a Sustainability Lens for Packaged Products in an Omni Channel Supply Chain

    Brent Ostrowski | Manager, Sourcing and Category Management of Best Buy

    For those that are struggling with ecommerce packaging requirements, while still delivering packaged products to be purchased by customers at brick and mortar stores, how can we reconcile these two different supply chain models for packaged products? How do you continue to maintain a “sustainability lens” with those realities instead of just trying to solve the issues at hand?

    Because of the different packaging requirements for these two shipping realities, the testing protocols on which packaging is designed can impact the cost, the amount material and the size of a package.  How can we manage costs for packaging in a lower margin ecommerce environment while delivering product to meet customer expectations?

  3. Panel: Corporate Sustainability Commitments

    Panelists Include: PepsiCo, Clorox, and Starbucks

    How is the corporate sustainability vision driving sustainable packaging

    Panelists Include:

    • Meagan Smith, Director – Global Sustainability, PepsiCo
    • Rebecca Zimmer, Global Director of Environment, Starbucks
    • Alexis Limberakis, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability, Clorox 
  4. Aligning Packaging with Sustainability Goals

    Lynn Dyer | President of Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI)

    As more brands incorporate sustainability into their businesses, and the use of “sustainable packaging” is often included in the lofty goals. But what does that even mean? Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, will walk through the attributes commonly associated with packaging and help brands to better understand how to align packaging decisions with broader sustainability initiatives.

  5. Morning Networking Break and Refreshments

  6. The Circular Economy

    Eline Boon | Research Analyst for the New Plastics Economy of Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    The demand for plastics products is expected to double in the next 20 years – but the plastics system is broken. Only 14% of plastic packaging is recycled, with the remainder, worth USD 80-120 billion, lost as waste. Most plastic packaging items are used only once before being discarded, often ending up polluting the environment. If nothing changes, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. 

  7. Making Sustainable Packaging a Commercial Reality

    Ciaran Little | Director of Operations – Americas of Smithers Pira

    • Sustainability Opportunities and Challenges in the Global Packaging Market
    • Disruptive technology with Sustainable Packaging
    • The Future of Sustainable Packaging
  8. A Plastic Ocean: Time to Make a Change

    Jared Spencer Director of Global Client Services, Packaging Development & Serialization, Adept Packaging & Matt Reid, Board Member, Plastic Oceans Foundation

    The film follows journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in the what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the course of four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

    During this presentation, the audience will view a part of the film. Matt Reid, Plastic Oceans Foundation, and Prateek Lal, Adept Packaging, will walk the audience through the key findings and provide examples of how the audience can ensure they are doing their part in building a sustainable packaging strategy.

  9. Afternoon Networking Lunch

Track 1 | Fibers

Session II | Track 1 | Material Innovations: Fibers

Material Innovations Pushing Sustainability Forward: From alternative materials to alternative design, what are some of the new and innovative ways people are creating sustainable packaging. 

Moderator: Moderator: Kelly Helein, Vice President, Industrial, Coveris Americas

  1. Enhancing the Sustainability of Paper Packaging


    Paper is a versatile, renewable material leveraged throughout the packaging industry.  HAVI will share several new innovations that can further enhance the sustainability and value credentials of this market leading substrate.

  2. Innovating with Recyclable Grease Proof Coatings

    Steve Parker | Vice President, Research and Development of WestRock

    The requirements for packaging are becoming more and more challenging to meet.  Increasingly, brands are demanding environmentally friendly packaging solutions. Packaging companies are faced with the difficult task of balancing function, form and cost with sustainability. Achieving all four is difficult, but not impossible.  It requires break-through innovation and a willingness for brands to recognize current packaging may be over-engineered for the end application.  WestRock will share its journey in developing our renewable and recyclable family of paperboard products called EnShield.  We will discuss key lessons learned and success stories along the way. 

  3. Challenging the Borderline Between Paper and Plastics

    Tuomas Mustonen | Founder, Managing Director of Paptic Ltd., Finland

    Paper is the material preferred by brands and consumers due its renewability and recyclability. However, the performance of paper limits the applicability in many packaging applications. The novel PAPTIC material – The Next Generation of Paper is combining the sustainability and recyclability of paper with heat sealability of bioplastics and mechanical properties of non-wovens. The presentation will cover case examples of applications showing how PAPTIC takes paper to new areas currently dominated by plastics.

  4. Panel: Non-Wood Fibers

    Panelists include Mark Lewis, President, Columbia Pulp, Kylee Guenther, CEO of Spectalite Americas and Nicole Rycroft, Founder and Executive Director, Canopy

    What are the pros and cons? Is it renewable? Who’s doing it? Who wants it?

  5. Afternoon Networking Break

Track 2 | Plastics

Session II | Track 2 | Material Innovations: Plastics

Material Innovations Pushing Sustainability Forward: From alternative materials to alternative design, what are some of the new and innovative ways people are creating sustainable packaging. 

Moderator: Paul Earl-Torniainen, Senior Stability Scientist, General Mills, Inc

  1. Annie’s Roadmap to Sustainability & Metalized Film

    Patrick Keenan | Packaging Engineer of Annie's

    A discussion on the importance of having a clear ‘Sustainable Strategy’ in order to make choices for higher barrier films.  Working cross-functionally with all departments at General Mill’s, a Packaging Framework was developed.  Through discussing the framework I will highlight the features of this film and how it met the sustainable needs of the Annie’s brand.

  2. Sustainable Innovations

    Jennifer Ronk | Sustainability and Advocacy Manager, North America of Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics

    Dow has a long tradition of working with customers to drive innovation. Dow's Pack Studios bring together the key contributors necessary for cultivating packaging innovations. The Dow resins and adhesives experts collaborate with equipment manufacturers, packaging designers, brand owners and prototyping specialists, and the result is faster commercialization of new and improved packaging. This type of cross-functional collaboration is critical to creating effective, sustainable solutions to packaging.  These innovations can be as simple as lightweighting  or designing for recyclability, or it can include developing compatibilizers to support multi-resin recycling. The presentation will discuss Dow's collaborative approach and present examples of sustainable innovations in packaging.

  3. Anaerobic Biodegradation of Bioplastic Packaging Materials

    Carlos A. Diaz | Assistant Professor, Packaging Science of Rochester Institute of Technology

    With multiple initiatives to keep food-waste away from landfills, packaging systems that are compatible with the alternative end of life scenarios (e.g., composting, biodigestion) are required. Anaerobic digestion converts biodegradable materials into energy rich biogas.

    Currently plastic packaging items must be separated from food scraps before digestion. This is true even for biodegradable plastics such as polylactic acid (PLA), polycaprolactone (PCL) and polybutylene succinate (PBS) because they do not degrade in the required timeframe. If the biodegradation rate of bioplastics can match that of organic waste, comingled food-waste and packaging materials could be co-digested.

    This study will investigate the anaerobic biodegradation of commercially available bioplastics and report on a series of experiments aimed to increase their biodegradation rates. Here PLA blends containing PCL or PBS were prepared by melt blending and their degradation behavior was examined. Thermoplastic starch and polyhydroxyalcanoate (PHA) stand out as fast degrading polymers that can improve biodegradation. The effect of calcium carbonate as an additive was evaluated where it was shown that even at low concentrations the biodegradation rates is improved. Co-digestion of PLA homopolymer with food-waste resulted in a 10% increase in biomethane potential, indicating a synergistic effect. The results showed the potential for developing packaging solutions that can readily co-digested with food waste in an industrial anaerobic digestion facility.

  4. Thermoplastic Films Containing Post-Consumer Recycled Materials

    Dr. Steven Sargeant | General Manager of Technology of Flex Films

    The recycling of flexible packaging materials has proven to be difficult due to the presence of multiple layers in a typical package construction, and thus, constructing a flexible packaging material through the recycling of flexible packing materials has proven difficult to manage economically.

    In the biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) films manufacturing, the inclusion of post-consumer resin (PCR) in the virgin PET resin prior to extrusion and stretching is not only proven to be cost-effective, but it was also found that it reduces the energy consumption (kW) of the process by around 64% and carbon footprint by about 67%, making the process sustainable and environment-friendly. The primary source of PCR resin is used beverage bottles.

    This study has also established that the overall quality of film improves by adding up to 90% PCR material in virgin PET resin. The effect of addition of PCR resin was studied in commercial end-use applications typical in current flexible packaging. The authors will present overall end-use information and pilot applications for this new cost effect approach to reduce the overall environmental footprint.

  5. Afternoon Networking Break

Waste Management

Session III | Track 3 | Waste Management

End of Life:  Recycling glass, plastic, containers with food waste, all requires different processes. We will take a look at new innovations when it comes to recycling different materials, discussions around how to recycle and even tips to motivate consumers to recycle. 

Moderator: Elisabeth Comere, Director Environmental & Government Affairs, Tetra Pak

  1. Washington D.C. Accepting food Service Packaging

    • What are the requirements
    • What is allowed
    • What was behind the decision to accept food service packaging
    • Update on the implementation
  2. Panel: Sustainable Cities Moderator: Susan Robinson, Federal Public Affairs Director, Waste Management

    Moderated by Waste Management. Panelists include City of Chicago, Denver Solid Waste Management and Washington DC Public Works

    Interesting innovations/implementations going on within some of the large US cities.
    What has worked and what hasn’t.

    Panelists include: 

    • Annie White, Office of Waste Diversion Manager, Department of Public Works, Washington, D.C., 
    • City of Chicago
    • Charlotte Pitt, Operations Manager, Denver Solid Waste Management/Denver Recycles/ City and County of Denver
    • Susan Fife-Ferris, Director, Solid Waste Planning & Program Management, Seattle Public Utilities
  3. Robots at Material Recovery Facilities

    Matanya Horowitz | AMP Robotics of Founder and CEO

    • Computer Vision
    • Smart Sorting Robots
    • Control Expenditures
  4. Think Green. Act Green.

    Susan Robinson | Sr. Federal Public Affairs Director of Waste Management

    How are communities setting and measuring goals


Session III | Track 4 | Alternative End of Life Options

End of Life: Recycling glass, plastic, containers with food waste, all requires different processes. We will take a look at new innovations when it comes to recycling different materials, discussions around how to recycle and even tips to motivate consumers to recycle. 

Moderator: Sandeep Kulkarni, Senior Principal Scientist, Global R&D, Sustainability, Certified Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner, PepsiCo

  1. Bio-Based/Compostable Snack Food Packaging - Insights from PepsiCo

    Brad Rodgers | Global R&D Director – Foods Packaging Discovery of PepsiCo Advanced Research, USA

    PepsiCo introduced the “World’s First Compostable Snack Food Package” back in 2009.  It was met with much fanfare both positive and negatively.  Since then PepsiCo Packaging R&D has been working to develop the next generation of bio- based/compostable/biodegradable packaging materials along with some key industry partners.  This presentation will share some insight into the consumer learnings as well as preview where we are headed in the future.  

  2. A Case Study on Innovation of Single-Use Materials

    Bridget Croke, VP External Affairs, Closed Loop Partners and Chelsea Briganti, Cofounder & Co-CEO, LOLIWARE

    LOLIWARE has developed single-use cups and straws made from their edible and hypercompostable material. They've received investment from Mark Cuban and Closed Loop Partners who see products like these as economically viable solutions to the single-use plastic issue. They will discuss the story behind LOLIWARE, how to bring products like these to scale as a corporate and consumer solution to plastic waste, and how investors like Closed Loop Partners see alternatives to plastics fitting into the development of circular supply chains.

  3. Organic recycling of packaging

    Sam Deconinck | Deputy Lab Manager of OWS

    Designing the right infrastructure for sustainable packaging designed to biodegrade requires an understanding of (1) how the packaging must be pretreated; (2) how/where the packaging degrades, and (3) what is produced by the degradation process. There are a variety of collection and pretreatment options, and their design is linked to the composting or anaerobic digestion process to be used.  The degradation behavior of materials used in the packaging varies based on the time, temperature, moisture and microbes present in each process. The amount of energy or compost produced during organics recycling of the packages also varies, but the most important outcome is the additional diversion of organics from landfills.


Session III | Track 5 | Recycling

End of Life:  Recycling glass, plastic, containers with food waste, all requires different processes. We will take a look at new innovations when it comes to recycling different materials, discussions around how to recycle and even tips to motivate consumers to recycle. 

Moderator: Tom Szaky, CEO, Terracycle 

  1. Changing How People Think about Garbage and Recycling

    Tom Szaky | CEO of Terracycle

    • Giving value to garbage and creates solutions for some of the world’s biggest waste problems.
    • Global state of recycling, the effort to educate consumers and companies about environmental issues, and what the next big idea may be.
  2. Challenges to Recycling - Getting Cartons Included in the Recycling Cart

    Jason Pelz , Vice President of Recycling Projects for the Carton Council in addition to being the Vice President Environment, Tetra Pak

    Abstract to Come

  3. Developing End-Markets/Outlets to Recycle Cartons

    Jason Pelz , Vice President of Recycling Projects, Carton Council and Vice President of Environment, Tetra Pak and Jan Rayman, CEO, Rewall

    Abstract to Come