Sustainability in Packaging US 2018 Workshops Monday, March 12, 2018

*You must register for the full 2018 conference to be able to attend the below workshops. Workshops are  at  no additional cost, as they are included in the price of your 2018 ticket. 

Workshop 1:  Packaging Reducing Food Waste | 2:00-4:00 pm 

(Max 50 participants)

It may not always be about reducing packaging. How can sustainable packaging actually help elongate the life of food


Workshop 2:  Packaging for Ecommerce | 2:00-4:00 pm 

(Max 50 participants)

With consumer e-commerce shipments increasing globally by 33% between 2014 and 2016, this distribution channel is fast developing from a niche to a volume application.

This is presenting technical challenges for the packaging industry in terms of functional designs and protection.

Simultaneously it is opening up new business opportunities as the e-commerce supply chain for packaging technology differs significantly from that for traditional retail selling.

Workshop 3: Biopolymers Power Hour | 4:00 pm -5:00 pm

(Max 50 participants)

Since its inception, the bioplastics industry has defined its products using the all-too-well-known descriptor – bioplastics are either biobased, biodegradable, or both.   

With experience spanning some three decades in the polymer & fibers industry, Steve Davies argues that it is time for the industry to move beyond this simple definition, and that the industry’s continued resolute focus strictly on where its materials come from and where they go, can ultimately be self-limiting. In the past decade especially, the industry as a whole has made big strides in broadening the functional property set of its materials, and the number of applications, as well as the new grades and formulations have proliferated.

Join the Biopolymers Power Hour for what promises to be a high energy and provocative discussion that spans from feedstocks, to material functionality, all grounded in the context of both the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent blueprint for rethinking the future of plastics and the SPC’s definition of sustainable packaging.

Steve Davies, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs, NatureWorks