Sustainability in Packaging US | Day 1

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | Program Day 1

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Registration and Opening Welcome Remarks

  1. Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Jena Stout | Conference Producer | Smithers Pira

Session I: Making Sustainability in Packaging a Commercial Reality

Opening Keynotes: This inspired opening session will feature three unique keynote presentations focused on leading brands and retailer’s success in achieving sustainable initiatives. Speakers will take a deep dive into the challenges and innovations in their company’s journey to becoming a sustainable influencer.

Moderator: Megan Poole, Senior Packaging Designer, Banana Republic

  1. Keynote - Pepsico’s Global Sustainability Strategy

    Meagan Smith | Global Director, Packaging Sustainability of PepsiCo

    At PepsiCo, we have embedded sustainability into everything we do through a governing philosophy called Performance with Purpose - our commitment to making healthier products, protecting our planet and empowering our associates and the communities we serve.  This session will focus on PepsiCo’s packaging sustainability agenda including our vision, goals and progress underway; and will touch upon aspects of the circular economy including new material types, recycled content, innovation, redesigning existing packaging for recyclability, helping build recycling infrastructure and engaging consumers.

  2. Keynote - Breaking the Mold: Committing to Sustainability Through Innovation

    Heather Deeth | Head of Buying of Lush Cosmetics North America

    This presentation will share the story of Lush Cosmetics and our journey with innovative product design allowing us to eliminate packaging, developing closed loop recycling programs within our business, upcycling ocean plastic into our packaging, and educating staff on how to live more sustainable at home and work. Our team has been dedicated to innovation and sustainability for over 25 years. Along the way we’ve faced many hurdles and learned from our mistakes. We will discuss this and more during our session and highlight Lush’s call to action as well as our future endeavors in regeneration projects around the world.

  3. Keynote – Igniting Global Change Though our Supply Chain

    Allen Wilson | Program Manager, Global Supply Management's Supply Chain Sustainability of Intel

    Intel has a long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility and sets ambitious goals and makes strategic investments to drive improvements in environmental sustainability, supply chain responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social impact.  Each of these topics and programs is worthy of a full discussion and presentation but today will be concentrating on Intel’s Supply Chain Responsibility Program. This program, which is considered equal to cost, quality, availability and technology, strives to access and drive improvements in our supply chain’s RBA compliance, environmental impacts, responsible mineral sourcing, combatting forced and bonded labor, supplier diversity & inclusion, and chemical regulation compliance.

  4. Morning Networking Break

Session II: Collaborative Initiatives Moving the Industry Forward

This session will explore collaborations across industries that are driving awareness to recycling, and broad acceptance of recycled material.

Moderator: David Levine, co-founder and President, American Sustainable Business Council

  1. Panel: Collaboration to End Cup Waste

    Panelists Include: Closed Loop Partners, Starbucks and McDonalds

    Through a case study on their collaboration, panelists will discuss their efforts to drive innovative, scalable solutions for cup waste.

    Panelists Include:

    • Bridget Croke, VP External Affairs, Closed Loop Partners
    • Andrew Corlett, Global Director, Packaging, Starbucks
    • Rebecca Zimmer, Global Director of Environment, Starbucks 
    • Jessica Marshall, Sustainability Manager, McDonalds Corporation
  2. Recycling and Consumer Engagement

    Dylan De Thomas, Vice President of Industry Collaboration, The Recycling Partnership & Kathleen Niesen, PE Director – Recycling, NABQ Sustainability, PepsiCo

    Pepsico & The Recycling Partnership will discuss their strategic efforts to drive awareness to recycling and engaging consumers in the process

  3. Loop: Innovating Circular Consumption Solutions

    Tom Szaky | CEO of TerraCycle, USA

    Loop is a new model of consumption that aims to end society’s dependence on disposability and eliminates the idea of waste. Loop is doing so by redefining how consumers access their favorite products in a more convenient and quality experience. Developed by TerraCycle and its partners, this circular system supports responsible economic growth with clear benefits to consumers, businesses, governments and the environment.

  4. Afternoon Networking Lunch

Track 1 | Plastics

Session III: Material Innovations: Plastics

Case studies in cutting edge technology and innovations in Plastics

Moderator: Sandeep Kulkarni, CEO, KoolEarth Solutions, Inc.

  1. Design Strategies for Sustainable Pigmented Plastics

    Doreen Becker | Global Insight & Innovation Senior Manager of Ampacet

    Brand owners, specifiers and design houses are looking for sustainable materials to use in their new designs and to refresh existing products.  This presentation will identify what designers require for materials and suppliers.  Supplier strategies for sustainable products and processes will also be examined to create stronger and more profitable relationships with the design community.

  2. Tangle Toys and L&E- How an International toy Brand and Packaging Company are Working Together to Help Solve Sustainability in Packaging Challenges

    Sean Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer, L&E International & Richard X. Zawitz, CEO, Tangle Toys

    Sean and Richard will showcase how together their two companies are leading the industry. creating responsible sustainable packaging solutions and helping fight plastic pollution.

    • How L&E re-engineered Tangle Toys packaging to use more paper and less plastic.
    • How L&E is using a new proprietary L&E bio plastic in Tangle Packaging. This industry first material is compostable (in non-high heat environments) thus does NOT require an industrial   composter. The plastic is also marine biodegradable and while utilizing recycled content can be fully recyclable maintaining the materials original   strength- an industry first.

    Woven into this compelling story and focus on packaging innovation, Richard will weave in a message about how he and Tangle Toys have been helping to bring peace and harmony to every man, woman and child on Earth- an ongoing Tangle Toys and personal quest of the artist for over 30 years.

    Additionally, we will discuss how this plastic, developed by L&E is being tested now for use in not just packaging, but also in Tangle toys.

  3. New Home Compostable Packaging Solutions with BioPBS™, Biobased and Compostable Polyester

    Katherine Roop | Manager of business development and sales of BioPBS™ of Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers

    • BioPBS technology, now and future
    • Key applications and focus on 2 successes that are:
      • Home compostable certified barrier packaging solutions.
      • Compostable and repulpable papercups + progress on Home compostable version.
      • Opportunities in fibers applications
  4. Afternoon Networking Break

Session III: Material Innovations: Plastics

A further discussion on recycling and biodegradable material innovations.

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

  1. Horizonal Issues of rPET… how can rPET support sustainability in packaging

    Thierry Fabozzi | President and CEO of PTI

    In this presentation, we will address the challenges that brand owners face in regards to the collection and processing of recycled content. We will also discuss how bio-sources and biodegradable material will interact with current recycling streams. In addition, we will also cover the availability and challenges of using PCR plastics in food contact packaging, how the technology is developing, and if the FDA is open to PCR in food contact packaging.

  2. Innovate, Collaborate, and Accelerate to Improve Plastics' End of Life and Prevent Marine Debris

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

    Marine debris is a critical issue that must be solved. This can lead to calls for changes that do little to reduce marine debris and can have other negative environmental consequences. The entire value chain needs to work together to improve how we manage plastics at the end of life, from improved collection and sorting to investing in innovations like chemical recycling. But that alone will not solve these challenges of marine debris, we also need to work together better collect and process mismanaged waste. Together we can solve these challenges so that we can continue to enjoy the many benefits of plastic packaging.

  3. Novel films for Store Drop-off and Recycle Ready Applications

    Roy Langlois | Market Development Manager of Jindal Films America

    Solutions throughout the value chain are needed to meet the sustainability goals of the industry. These key initiatives demand flexible packaging capable of recycle ready with an emphasis of being dropped off in the store, which today requires all-polyethylene (PE) structures. Jindal Films has developed new platforms of oriented PE films designed specifically to meet this goal, and oriented HDPE, Ethy-lyte. Jindal’s SealTOUGH™ and Ethy-lyte films provide solutions across the sustainable packaging spectrum. By combining this technology, structures can be created for store drop-off packaging with converting benefits, packaging benefits, and extended shelf life. Jindal’s multiple lines of oriented polypropylene (OPP) products also allow for companies to design recycle ready all-OPP products. This design strategy will allow companies to advance the sustainability platform in the packaging industry. Through these innovations, Jindal continues to be a film solution provider to tackle the industry’s toughest challenges.

  4. Afternoon Networking Break

Track 2 | FIbers

Session III: Material Innovations: Fibers

Case studies in cutting edge technology and innovations in Fibers

Moderator: Moderator: Kelly Helein, Footprint, LLC

  1. A Case Study on Molded Fiber: The ConAgra Bowl

    Jeff Bassett, VP of Marketing, Footprint, LLC, & David France, Packaging Research Fellow, ConAgra Brands

    With Millennial spending habits seeing a swift uptick in takeout and “easy-fix” meals, the increase for fibers that service packaging supply in this arena is providing opportunities for the raw material sector to create user-friendly, sustainable alternatives. This case study will explore the creation and distribution of the Healthy Choice, molded fiber bowl. A packaged dinner that boasts healthy ingredients in an easily recycled packaged.

  2. How Straws Made Us Think: Growth in the Natural Fibers Market

    Kylee Guenther | co-Founder and CEO of Pivot Materials

    2018 was definitely the year of the straw! Seeing the passion erupt in others over concerns about single use plastics made our hearts smile. At the same time, the pushback the movement received makes us realizes that plastic is here to stay, either due people needing something for medical reasons, because there are no cost effective alternatives or because people are simply not open to change. This talk discusses how our teams use of natural fiber reinforced plastics and bio-materials reduces waste, while educating consumers that small changes can make a big impact in moving forward in the packaging industry.

  3. How to Use Innovation to Create Sustainable Packaging

    Mark Beamesderfer | Packaging Services Director of Metsӓ Board

    Packages will continue to have an important role in protecting and promoting products in the future, but as consumption grows, it’s becoming ever more important to develop packaging solutions that help advance the use of renewable, non-fossil based materials and use resources wisely. Packaging designers play a decisive role in this. Environmental impacts can be reduced, for example, by making packaging lighter, using renewable materials and making recycling easier. That’s what prompted Metsä Board, Europe’s leading paperboard company, to launch the “Better With Less Design Challenge,” an international competition for more environmentally friendly, functional packaging solutions. The challenge was to create beautiful and functional packaging that makes a big impact in the world while reducing the impact on the world. In this presentation we will show how these innovations met the challenge and attendees will learn:

    • How innovative solutions for some of the most frequently used consumer packages can deliver better experiences with less impact on the environment.
    • How package designs can help improve functionality, user convenience as well as sustainability
    • How to advance innovative and sustainable package design while also addressing consumer concerns. 
  4. Networking Break

Session III: Material Innovations: Fibers

A further discussion on responsible sourcing and recycling

Moderator: Moderator: Jim Chrzan, Vice President of Content and Brand Strategy, PMMI Media Group

  1. Environmental Impact and Development with both Paper and Packaging Divisions to Foster better Stewardship of Natural Resources

    Dustin Schadt | Director, Key Accounts of Stora Enso

    For the past several years, Stora Enso has referred to themselves as a Renewable Materials Company.  What does that mean, and why would they use it to define their way of business?  Dustin will give a brief overview of one of the world’s largest producers of forest products, and discuss some of the values that define their mission to be a leader in Sustainable Solutions to the Paper and Carton Board Business Units.  By introducing recent innovations and ongoing development within Stora Enso R&D, Dustin hopes that you will walk away with a new outlook on the possibilities for Renewable Materials in the years to come. 

  2. Recycling Paper Shipping Sacks Makes Good Sense

    Richard E. (Dick) Storat | Secretary/Treasurer of Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association

    Paper shipping sacks, often called multiwall sacks, provide efficient and economical packaging of many food ingredients and agricultural  products. 

    Being made of paper, they often can be recycled if they are emptied of residue. Unlined sacks containing food ingredients are the most common and are easiest to recycle when shaken clean, because they do not contain plastic films or linings.

    Most mills will accept clean, unlined food sacks comingled with OCC, making it super easy and economical to add them to the existing recycling stream.  Before adding sacks to OCC, check with a local paper recycler to learn about local mill requirements.

    Some bakeries and other food ingredient businesses have been recycling their paper shipping sacks for years, but there is potential to significantly increase the recovery rate, thus keeping more waste out of landfills and providing paper mills with a source of quality fiber for their recycling furnish.

    This presentation will provide information on the current state of paper shipping sack recycling and how increased recycling is being facilitated by the Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers Association.

  3. The Innovation Journey to Open the Future of Sustainable Packaging

    Germán Pulido | Director of Innovation and Development of Smurfit Kappa

    The current quest to save our oceans and our planet from the overload of non-renewable, non- recyclable and non-biodegradable waste is seen as an opportunity for paper based packaging.

    German will speak of strategic packaging design to obtain fit for purpose solutions, that contribute to an optimum total cost for customers and consumers and also has a fundamental effect on the reduction of waste. He will introduce case studies of the Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging initiative and discuss how the innovation journey to Open the future of Sustainable packaging should inspire all industries, because it is only achievable if we all work together.

  4. Afternoon Networking Break

Session IV: Sustainability in E-Commerce Packaging

This session will examine the expanding world of sustainability in the e-commerce sector. Speakers will discuss material advancements, omni-channel sustainability, and the future for sustainability in e-commerce packaging.

Moderator: Tom Szaky, CEO, Terracycle

  1. What’s Going to Happen to all of Those Brown Boxes?

    Dennis J. Colley | President/CEO of Fibre Box Association (FBA)

    • What used to be the norm?
    • How is ecommerce disrupting the recovery of OCC?
    • Do households care? (household survey results)
    • What must change? (hauler and MRFs survey results)
    • What is being done? (work group sponsored by FBA)
    • Will it be enough?
  2. Future Outlook for Sustainable E-Commerce Packaging

    Duane Neidert | Director of Operations - Americas of Smithers

    • The Challenge: The rise of ecommerce and the impact on sustainability
    • The Opportunity: packaging innovations that deliver on supply chain demands and sustainability goals
    • Growth outlook for sustainable ecommerce packaging by region, end use and material type
    • conclusions
  3. LINNÉ's Mission for Sustainable, User Friendly Packaging

    Jenna Levine | Founder and Creative Director of Natural Skincare and Wellness Brand of Linné

    Jenna will be introducing her brand, the ethos and the company’s journey. She’ll touch upon how LINNÉ uses e-commerce and how shipping effects the packaging choices and where they feel limited. She’ll close by making a request to connect with any people or suppliers who can help make the packaging and supply chain process more sustainable, ecological, user friendly and luxury. 

  4. Closing Remarks For The Day

  5. Evening Networking Reception