Sustainability in Packaging US | Day 2

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Program Day 2

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Registration and Opening Welcome Remarks

  1. Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Session V: Sustainability Through the Supply Chain

Creating a sustainable roadmap begins with supply chain communication. In this session, brand owners will present case studies in working with their supply chain to meet their sustainable initiatives, and educating their consumers.

Moderator: Jennifer McCracken, Director, Sustainability, N.A.,Packaging, Havi

  1. Panel: Sustainability Begins with Supply Chain Communication

    Moderated by Georgia-Pacific | Panelists Include: Orbis Corporation, Kuraray, & Barry Callebaut

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Challenges of keeping packaging performance high while staying sustainable
    • Innovations to create low cost sustainable packaging
    • Retailers “wish-list” for meeting the demands of the consumer
    • Sustainability challenges throughout the supply chain

    Panelists Include:

    • Ryan Roessler, Sustainability Leader, Orbis Corporation
    • Kevin Laux, Technical Service & Development Engineer, Kuraray America, Inc.
    • Kevin Ogorzalek, Manager, Sustainability Sourcing - Americas, Barry Callebaut


  2. Panel: You Can’t Move the Needle by Yourself

    Moderated by PMMI Media Group | Panelists Include: WWF, P&G, and Domtar

    Working with your supply chain to reach your sustainable initiatives.

    Panelists Include:

    • Paige Goff, Vice President of Sustainability, Domtar
    • Tonia Elrod, Director Family Care Sustainability & Communications, P&G
    •  The World Wild Life Fund
  3. Morning Networking Break

Session VI: Streamlining Regulations & Labeling

This session will explore the complex landscape of regulations and labelling, and seek to answer questions plaguing brand owners and packaging manufacturers. 

Moderator: Elisabeth Comere, Director Environment & Government Affairs US/Canada, Tetra Pak 

  1. Policy as it Relates to Solving the Problem

    Betsy Dorn | Director of RSE USA

    Abstract to come

  2. Popular Environmental Attributes for Packaging: What They Do – and Don’t – Actually Mean

    David Allaway | Senior Policy Analyst of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program

    Businesses, policy-makers, and the general public often rely on simple attributes to inform material selection. These attributes – such as “recyclable” or “compostable” – are widely assumed to result in reductions in environmental impacts. But how valid are these assumptions? The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently asked that question and was surprised to discover very little systematic assessment of these common attributes. So it commissioned a study – the results of which are being published this fall – that reviewed the last 18 years of global research into the environmental impacts of packaging and food service items with and without four popular attributes: recycled content, recyclable, bio-based and compostable. Collectively, the literature identified the relative environmental impacts for thousands of comparisons, from which some important trends emerge that should inform product design, procurement, and waste management programs.

  3. Compostability Claims: Testing and Certification Requirements

    Rhodes Yepsen | Executive Director of Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)

    As companies assess different sustainability options for packaging, end-of-life considerations are often at the forefront looking at recyclability and compostability.  When is compostability a good option, and what is involved with testing and certification to make valid claims?  

  4. Breaking News … U.S. Packaging Policy Trends

    Andy Hackman | Contract Lobbyist of AMERIPEN

    AMERIPEN will provide an overview of key developments as states and U.S. EPA continue to grapple with challenges in the recycling markets and intersection with packaging trends.  This session will provide attendees with real-time knowledge of where U.S. policy is and might be headed.  Participants will also learn how policy impacts could intersect with packaging design and change the way packaging is developed and marketed.

  5. Afternoon Networking Lunch

Session VII: The Future of Plastics

Over the last few years, plastic bans have dramatically changed the packaging landscape for flexible manufacturers. In this session, we will hear the plastics industry response to these bans, and what they plan to do to stay ahead in this evolving ecosystem. 

Moderator: Paul Earl-Torniainen, Associate Principal Scientist, General Mills

  1. The Future of Plastics

    Keith A. Christman | Managing Director of Plastic Markets of American Chemistry Council’s (ACC)

    Plastics help keep our food fresh and reduce waste, greenhouse gas emissions and energy use. But plastic and other waste must be kept out of the environment. The plastics value chain is taking action to end plastic waste in the environment and achieve new circular economy goals that will be discussed during this presentation.

  2. Flexible Packaging Manufacturers Response

    Laura Rowell | Global Sustainability Manager, Consumer Packaging of Sonoco Products Company

    Abstract to come           

  3. Closing Keynote- Recycling Plastics

    Closing keynote to be confirmed

    A segment focused on improving recycling efforts to make an environmental impact by recycling plastic materials.

  4. Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Conference