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. You Can’t Move the Needle by Yourself

    Paige Goff | Vice President of Sustainability and Communications of Domtar

    Paige will be sharing a case study in partnership wherein Domtar, P&G and The World Wild Life Fund brought the supply chain together to reach their sustainable initiatives 

  2. 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:

    • Bob Petersen, VP of Product Management, Orbis Corporation
    • Kevin Laux, Technical Service & Development Engineer, Kuraray America, Inc.
    • Kevin Ogorzalek, Manager, Sustainability Sourcing - Americas, Barry Callebaut


  3. Morning Networking Break

Session VI: The Evolving Arena of U.S. Packaging Policy

This session will explore the complex landscape of packaging policy and legislation 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

    As companies work to address sustainability challenges, interest in the use of policy mechanisms as a problem-solving tool is increasing. In this presentation, examples of federal, state and local policy tools aimed at meeting some of the challenges now confronted in the end-of-life management of packaging will be presented, along with examples of selected policies currently in use.

  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. 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.

  4. 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

    Dr. Ed Socci, Director, Advanced Research, PepsiCo, Inc. & Nelson Switzer, Chief Growth Officer, Loop Industries

    Join this discussion for a peek inside the decision-making that brought PepsiCo and Loop Industries together to strike a supply agreement for 100% Loop branded recycled PET plastic resin.  Learn about Loop Industries ground breaking technology that upcycles PET plastic packaging and polyester fiber into virgin-quality food-grade PET plastic resin and how their technology is empowering companies like PepsiCo to lead in the circular plastics economy – and learn how PepsiCo’s internal decision-making process led them to select Loop as part of their solution to meet their recycled content packaging goals.

  4. Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Conference