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Compostable Options for Latin America
Industrial composting in Chile: opportunities and gaps for compostable bioplastics
Compostable bioplastic gains momentum in Brazil's food packaging industry
The use of compostable bioplastic packaging in food production lines has gained traction in Brazil, with some early adopters and success cases, which will be presented by ERT´s CEO, Kim Gurtensten Fabri.
One notable example is stand-up pouches, commonly multi-layered materials that can be transitioned to compostable bioplastic packaging in several applications. Other examples are delivery and supermarket thermoformed single-use packaging, significantly reducing their environmental impact. Additionally, the natural food and supplements industry has shown a substantial interest in adopting more sustainable packaging solutions that align with the brands' purpose and product offerings.
Kim Gurtensten Fabri | Presidente, Earth Renewable Technologies
Panel: Compost Packaging in Latin America: Partnerships to Facilitate Growth
Networking Break
Panel: Improving Packaging Sustainability
This panel will address sustainable packaging supply chains, sustainability innovations, market drivers for sustainable packaging, experiences in consumer education and more. How are brands choosing their materials? What innovation solutions are they looking for? What innovations are there outside of standard food and beverage packaging?

Panelists Include:
Closing Remarks
Registration and Welcome
Opening Remarks
Brittany Onslow | Head of Events - Americas, Smithers
Keynote: Sustainability in Hospitality Business
The tourism segment is responsible for approximately 10% of global emissions, posing significant threats to environmental and social systems. However, in recognition of the rapidly evolving society, a prominent player in the hospitality industry has emerged as a leader in driving the transition towards a more sustainable future. Accor, with its extensive portfolio of over 5,000 hotels worldwide, is committed to reducing the negative impact of its business operations and enhancing the positive outcomes. Packaging plays a pivotal role in this endeavor. This session offers valuable insights from the Sustainability Manager responsible for implementing Accor's global sustainability strategy in the Americas, shedding light on the company's efforts to decrease its adverse environmental footprint while maximizing positive contributions.
João Francisco Whitaker Gonçalves Dias | ESG | Sustainability Manager, Accor
Session I: Market Trends and Future Outlook for Sustainable Packaging in Latin America
Economía circular de los plásticos. Oportunidades y Certificaciones
La economía circular es una oportunidad para los plásticos y su cadena de valor. En la búsqueda de incentivar el aprovechamiento del plástico reciclado en la industria y reducir, así, su impacto ambiental como residuo, el Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial (INTI) y la asociación civil especializada en plásticos y medio ambiente, ECOPLAS, crearon la primera certificación de la Argentina y de Latinoamérica que permite declarar el contenido de este material en sus productos finales. ECOPLAS busca transformar el paradigma de economía lineal -en el que uno fabrica, usa y tira - por el de economía circular.
Magíster Verónica Ramos | Directora Ejecutiva, Ecoplas
What does the future hold for sustainable packaging?
Traditionally, packaging models have followed a linear economy approach to production and disposal. This assumes a product is made, used and disposed. However, a growing focus on the ecological impacts of packaging has driven players up and down the supply chain to focus on development of more sustainable packaging. But it can be difficult to even define exactly what is meant by sustainable, let alone enact measures aimed at improving this dynamic. This definition is key to identifying the long-term outlook and key factors that will impact sustainable packaging moving into the future. This presentation will provide insights on the market, factors impacting demand, and a high-level overview of:
•           How sustainable packaging is defined.
•           Economic and regulatory impact factors
•           An overview of sustainable materials
•           Regional variations
•           Market forecasts
•           Major takeaways
Benjamin Trent | Managing Consultant, Smithers
Networking Break
Session II: Circular Economy
The future of packaging is circular enabled by adhesives
Innovative, sustainable packaging for consumer goods products is becoming more prevalent in the global marketplace. Do you know the impacts for the South American packaging market?
Learn more about how:
  • Value chains are shifting from a linear economy to a circular economy to achieve the universal goal of protecting human health and the environment
  • Local trends and important legislative changes are impacting how consumer goods products are packaged
  • Change is being achieved via specific examples of adhesive innovation and value chain collaboration.

Elizabeth Staab | Global Packaging Sustainability Manager, H.B. Fuller
Panel Discussion with Sun Chemical, Cardia Bioplastics and Futamura
Sun Chemical, ISOI, Cardia Bioplastics and Futamura have established a commercial alliance with the aim of promoting home compostable flexible packaging technology in LATAM. By utilizing an aligned supplier base as the foundation, the alliance aims to provide an accessible, scalable, regulatory compliant, and validated range of solutions to guide brand owners and converters towards sustainable packaging. This will enable brands to meet their sustainability goals within their committed timelines, while simultaneously launching a product that performs to required standards and fits within their existing supply chain, from Mexico to the southern tip of Argentina/Chile. The response from the market has been highly positive with effective product development.
Expected outcomes:
  • Enable state of the art home compostable technology to a region of the world that is eager for sustainable solutions.
  • Alignment of supply chain to ensure supply resiliency.
  • Development of specialized compostable packaging solutions for niche markets across the region.
  • Connect the LATAM flexible packaging manufacturing industry with American and European demand.
  • Ensure overall regulatory compliance of developments with strictest compostability standards.
  • Allow brands to reach their sustainable packaging goals with a consistent, scalable and proven solution.
           
Moderator: Viviana Sayegh | Technical Director for Latin America, Sun Chemical
 
Panelists Include:
Session III: Regulatory Updates
Sustainability Regulations and Claims for USA
Session IV: The Importance of LCAs
Achieving Packaging Sustainability Goals and the Critical Importance of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
Achieving ambitious environmental sustainability goals is a priority for every member of the value chain as they face increased pressure from consumers, NGOs, lawmakers, as well as industry peers. This is particularly true in the pulp and paper packaging industry, which is characterized by high energy, water, and emission intensity throughout the production process. Companies can make great strides by conducting a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), which will help them better understand the total environmental impact of their packaging and provide a benchmark to set targets and make operational changes to improve sustainability metrics. This includes data on global warming potential, acidification, and water use – important reference points for all major stakeholders when evaluating potential partners.
Nate Pajka | Sustainability Manager, Metsä Board Americas
Networking Lunch
Session V: Regulations for Plastics and Redefining Plastic Recyclability
Networking Break
Session VI: Improving Recycle Rates and Infrastructure in Latin America
Session VII: Chemical Recycling, Certifications and Food Contact Materials
Chemical Recycling doesn't make sense.....
.......or does it? Why is chemical recycling in "fashion"? Why do we need to spend energy breaking polymer molecules instead of reducing or mechanically recycle plastics? I'll use this talk to explain chemical recycling from A to Z and will give a summary of the state of the art in the subject, specially in the area of pyrolysis.
Carlos Ludlow-Palafox | CEO, enval
Welcome Reception
Registration and Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks
Session VIII: Brand Updates on Sustainability Goals
Can profitability and sustainability go hand in hand?
There are three key sustainability trends that will be critical for the success of businesses in the near future. These trends include the circular economy, technological innovation, and transparency and accountability. The article cites several studies from reputable sources, including the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank, Accenture, the CDP, and KPMG, that demonstrate the economic benefits of investing in sustainable practices. By implementing these trends, companies can improve their resilience, profitability, and reputation. The article concludes that strategic investment in these sustainability trends can create a positive impact on business results, and will be crucial for developing a transparent and honest relationship with stakeholders in a sophisticated and interconnected market.
Alberto Contardo-Sfeir | Co-Founder and CEO, Empaque Sustentable
Networking Break
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Session IX: Packaging Trends and Consumer Influence
Panel: Packaging Innovation Rundown
This panel will take 10 minutes for each innovative packaging company to explain their initiatives and products, then come together for a 30 minute Q&A with the audience.

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Design for Recycling – How your product decoration can make a difference!
Labels and sleeves are a small, but essential part of the packaging when it comes to actually recycling the packaging. This s a small guide to sustainable label solutions that will boost recycling rates in the future and comply with the new EPR regulations in many countries and other legislation changes in the future. Re-use, reduce, recycle – with the right label!
Marika Knorr | Head of Sustainability, CCL Label
Networking Lunch
Revolutionizing Packaging: Recyclability & Performance
As an expert in polyamide for more than 50 years, UBE will show that the performance of this material can be combined with recyclability. With recent data and approved international certifications, myths and truths on polyamide recyclability will be uncovered.
Edgar Veloso | Sales Supervisor, South America, UBE
Session X: EPR Updates
Session XI: Reuse and Refill
Closing Remarks