Agenda Announced for 2022 Hybrid Event! All times are in UTC+8.
Section 1: Delivering Sustainability in Packaging and Driving A Circular Economy - successful stories, challenges caused by COVID and best practice examples from end users, NGO
The future of sustainable packaging
  • Defining sustainability
  • Impediments to sustainability in packaging
  • Future outlook

Ciaran Little | VP, Americas & Asia Pacific, Information Division, Smithers
Closing the foodservice waste loop
Lynette Lee, General Manager, KFC Singapore
Ng Pei Kang | Chief Executive Officer, TRIA Pte. Ltd.
Positive momentum – Brand’s adoption of sustainable packaging
Since the launch of packaging solutions that are designed for recyclability and which contains PCR, Dow has worked with various brand owners across Asia Pacific on their adoption of these materials.  Dr Zhang Han, Global Sustainability Director for Packaging & Specialty Plastics, Dow, will discuss the various types of materials and solutions available and the collaboration it took for adoption.
Han Zhang | APAC Sustainability Director, Dow
Networking break
First brand from Vietnam to the world: Lecka's sustainable journey for compostable packaging with Bio PBS
Lecka is one of the first mover snack brand in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia who acts on and is committed to addressing key ecological concerns on plastic waste issue and incorporate sustainability into their purpose, process and product. Beginning in 2020 out of sports community, to bring healthy nutrition in a form of ‘Energy Bar’-like product using only local ingredients, reducing carbon footprint in the supply chain and making it a local product from Vietnam to the world. Compostability is a key factor when choosing the packaging to support the brand’s goal. More than 30 different packaging material been tested and BioPBS as a sealant layer been selected for its certified home compostability, bio-based and good sealability achieving Lecka’s sustainable packaging efforts to make a positive impact on the environment.
  • Lecka’s brand journey into sustainability // by Lecka
  • How compostable packaging can support the brand’s goal? // by Lecka
  • Customer experience with compostable packaging solution // by Lecka
  • Introduction to BioPBS as compostable film solution for food packaging // by PTTMCC
  • BioPBS in circular economy // by PTTMCC
Phornphrom (Cheen) Koopthavornrerk, Global Sales Manager, PTT MCC
Markus Gnirck | Founder & CEO, Lecka
Systematic approach to drive a circular economy
  • Investment into the market in advancing the recycling infrastructure in APAC
  • What this can be done & What we have done
  • What impact it brings
  • Where is the future

Regula Schegg | Managing Director, Asia, Circulate Capital
Sustainable packaging from a global lens
As natural resources are rapidly diminishing, pollution and GHG emissions worsen, oceans and waterways are filling up with packaging waste and integral ecosystems are becoming irreparably damaged, the world has been put on notice that the time for talk is over.
The time has come to rethink the way packaging is designed. This is an exciting time to take bold moves and rethink every aspect of how packaging is designed, used and ultimately provide long-lasting environmental value.  The change is being driven by consumers who want to see circular packaging that has designed out waste, is reusable, incorporates recycled content, is truly recyclable and all unnecessary packaging and problematic materials are eliminated. The WPO have identified key trends within the space of Sustainable Packaging globally and whilst the common thread across all countries is a shift towards a more circular economy and the move to design out waste and pollution, every region and country naturally differs in approach. This presentation will discuss global trends.
Nerida Kelton | Vice President Sustainability & Save Food, World Packaging Organisation (WPO)
Lunch break
Section 2: Sustainability Strategy and Roadmaps from End Users 
100% Recyclable Packaging - B2C flexible plastics sustainability strategy

B2C flexibles are an inexpensive, efficient packaging material. They now account for over a third of the plastics packaging market, although when it comes to sustainability they’re rarely part of the plastics circular economy. Industry, government and consumers will need to work together to realise new solutions. The problem requires multiple solutions. Cogate Palmolive has undertaken to make 100% of our packaging recyclableor compostable by 2025. We believe we can deliver necessary, cost effective products in a sustainable way with the right strategy and engagement with industry, governments and consumers. We have worked with suppliers to develop materials and invested in capital equipment. 

Success hinges on collaboration. Collection, sortation and reprocessing of recyclates needs to be economically viable and scalable. 

The purpose of the presentation is to illustrate the pathway taken to create and begin to implement our sustainable B2C flexibles strategy. The importance of collaboration and types of technology we’ve considered and those that we are currently pursuing and which material technologies we are exploring. 

Ted Bailey | Packaging Sustainability Manager, Asia Pacific, Colgate-Palmolive
KEYNOTE: Delivering true packaging sustainability - a retailer’s strategy
  • What customers are worried about?
  • Remove, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
  • Targets and what do they mean?
  • Tips for future proofing your packaging

Paul Earnshaw | Senior Packaging Manager, Tesco PLC
Section 3: Sustainable Packaging Materials – mono material, fiber based, bio-degradable and more
Innovate with fibre-based packaging materials
Alternative materials for more sustainable packaging: novel materials
Sustainable packaging is evolving and now novel materials and solutions cover a range nearly as broad as there are packaging formats today.  Sealed Air is leading development of materials capabilities in sustainability, always with the target of delivery low-carbon circularity in focus.  Minimising the use of scarce resources, keeping valuable packaging resources in circulation and treating used packaging as a resource or feedstock rather than waste.  Some emerging technologies of novel materials in this space reviewed include
  • Void filling case study with FillAir Slim, biomass, 50% recycled content options showing that one size does not fit all
  • Extending the capabilities of fibre and paper based solutions - Honeycomb mailers and paper wrapping
  • Life Cycle Studies into recycled content plastic, paper and compostable Mailers
  • Simplifying packaging Mono-PET for Duck Snack Packaging

Alan Adams | Sustainability Director, APAC, Sealed Air
Networking break
From producer to design partner for sustainable packaging
What role does the choice of adhesives and coatings play in mono-material packaging? Involving material science experts in packaging design can bring huge benefits, especially when it comes to sustainability and recyclability. Henkel explains why such partnerships are worthwhile and which new mono-material packaging worlds can be opened up as a result.
Alexander Bockisch | Global Head of Market Strategy – Flexible Packaging, Henkel
Polypropylene-based solutions for multi-layer flexible packaging for improved recyclability
Flexible packaging provides several benefits such as preservation of food content, protection during transportation and so on. However, it has also contributed to the ever-growing waste-management issue due to the varying challenges associated with recycling. There are growing interests to design flexible packaging for improved recyclability. But, how do we achieve similar benefits in this context?
Mitsui Chemicals Group will present about Polyolefin-based solutions which have enormous potential to navigate some of the challenges in designing flexible packaging with improved recyclability.
Nirav Gupta | Senior Executive, Marketing, Mitsui Chemicals Asia Pacific
Panel: The future of sustainable packaging: mono-material, biodegradable, fiber-based, or…?
Converters of different substrates are seeking and exploring various approaches for packaging sustainability, and mixed perspectives are heard. Where will be the future of sustainable packaging?
  • Pros and cons of different substrate
  • Sustainability in real: life-cycle assessment for carbon emission
  • Future outlook: packaging winners and losers
Panel Moderator:
Nidhi Aggarwal, Head of R&D Packaging – Asia Pacific, GSK
Alan Adams, Sustainability Director, APAC, Sealed Air
Alexander Bockisch, Global Head of Market Strategy – Flexible Packaging, Henkel
Sze Ooi, Regional Sales & Business Development Director, WestRock
Rick Lyu, regional director, Asia Pacific, Bonsucro
Neil Cameron, Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures
Derrick Tay, Senior Technical Sales Manager, SEA, UPM
Chair’s closing remarks
Section 4: Hearing from the Packaging Value Chain on Sustainability and Innovation
Advanced sustainable packaging solutions to drive a circular economy
Circular economy is a vital driver towards a sustainable environment. The packaging industry is actively developing and innovating cutting-edge methods to deliver sustainable solutions without compromising on the fundamental requirements of plastic packaging. As a leading polyolefins producer, Borouge is committed to the development of a circular economy and strives to take the lead in providing innovative, sustainable solutions.  These differentiated solutions offer materials designed with proprietary technology that enables energy efficiency and downgauging. Other efforts include circular solutions made from renewable feedstock, designing for recyclability and incorporating recyclates as part of its portfolio. With its comprehensive offering of advanced sustainable solutions, Borouge aims to create a positive and dynamic impact with packaging applications that enhance the quality of life and the environment. 
Aster Teo | Head, Regional Marketing, Asia South, Borouge
Sustainability in packaging from the point of view of inks and coatings
Traditional inks and coatings may face some challenges in the new era of sustainability, however newly designed products can offer new possibilities to make packaging differently, in accordance with the stricter regulations and specifications that are required nowadays. New functional coatings such as barrier coatings are designed to confer the packaging properties required when it is redesigned to meet the expectations of the circular economy like mechanical recyclability. Also the new era of biomass-based products, biodegradable suitable products, water-based technologies, etc..., can contribute to the greenhouse gases emission reduction in a notable way.
This presentation will show some solutions which are already in the market and that can help make the package more sustainable.
Jose Novo | Key Account Manager, Toyo Ink Group
Recyclability of Yupo In-Mold Label for HDPE and PP blow molded bottles
Yupo is an olefin-based synthetic paper that has been used in In-Mold Labels (IML) throughout the years, especially for blow molded HDPE and PP bottles. In-Mold Labels have been widely recognized and appreciated in particular industries due to their recyclability with HDPE and PP bottles, without the need of separating. However, with the increasing awareness of plastic recycling across the globe, many people from various industries seem to have the idea that In-Mold Labels and bottles cannot be recycled together.
We are going to introduce how the recyclability of Yupo’s olefin-based In-Mold Labels has been recognized in the world, in order to provide a better understanding regarding its recycling compatibility.
Masao Udagawa | Sales Manager, YUPO CORPORATION
Networking break
Section 5: Policy Updates and Challenges in Packaging
EU - US regulatory challenges on packaging
European & international institutions are constantly reflecting on how to integrate packaging into a circular economy model. As a result, new texts are regularly published to accelerate the reduction of the packaging waste production, the recyclability and reusability of packaging, and the implementation of efficient EPR systems. In this context, and to help you understand, decipher and appropriate new regulations and legislation, Axel Darut will present the current and upcoming regulatory challenges on packaging around the world.
Romane Colleu | EU Policy Officer, Citeo
Lunch break
Section 6: Designing Sustainability in Packaging
Circular packaging: designing for recovery and the consumer
Designing for recycling or composting requires understanding the recovery system one is designing for and aligning material choices and forms for those systems. However, is this still important when those systems are not in place?  As one of the founders of circular economy, Bill McDonough says,  "design is the first signal of human intent".  We need to design for the systems we want and recognize the role humans have in those systems. Today, when we say circular packaging, we are typically referring to recyclable, compostable, or reusable. The principles for designing for recycling and composting are well understood and evolving with the introduction of new materials and delivery systems. And now reusable packaging solutions are fast developing. However, little attention has been paid to the role that consumer and society play in achieving the desired outcomes of circular solutions. This presentation will discuss best design practices for circular packaging along with a discussion of the role brands and marketing play to engage and educate consumers to take the needed action and realize the full circular promise of these designs. Some of the question to be addressed include: Why is designing for circularity important? What are the best circular design practices and what does this mean in Southeast Asia?  Must designing for recycling and composting be mutually exclusive? And lastly, what is the role and responsibility to educate and raise awareness in consumers when well-designed products are producing not only societal benefit but also societal harm.
Anne Johnson | Principal and Vice President Global Corporate Sustainability, RRS
Design thinking to inspire sustainable innovation
Inspiring session where you will learn about how the key principles of Design thinking (Build empathy, Be Iterative and Collaborate radically) can be used to reimagine Future innovative sustainable packaging solutions.
  • Introduction of J&J innitiatives
  • Introduction of J&J Design
  • Design thinking principles

Cathie Cocqueel | Director, Brand Design, Johnson & Johnson
Designing with climate in mind
Designing packaging with the climate in mind means considering packaging not just as a wrapper, but as the process that puts the brand into the hands of the consumer. To do this effectively the sustainable design principles of Measure, Reduce and Offset can be employed. This talk will explore the use of these principles in combination with design thinking to create sustainable pack solutions that also add value to the consumer and brand.
James Pryor | Co-founder & Creative Director, Touch Design
Networking break
Section 7: Initiatives and Systems Facilitating Sustainability and circular Economy in Asia Pacific
Business model innovation through circular economy
PACT is a business initiative that aims to eliminate pollution in nature, wasteful use of precious resources and move towards a circular economy. The idea of a circular economy is simple: to move away from resource-intensive business models and to reuse resources for as long as possible, ideally – forever. It recognises the integral role that businesses play to solve the issues of plastic pollution and unnecessary use of packaging materials. PACT provides businesses with guidance, life cycle assessments, resources and best practices, enabling them to make science-based decisions to reduce their waste footprint.
To put circular economy in practice can be quite complex, for packaging, it is more of a system approach that involves different stakeholders. The presentation will share the experience of setting up reusable e-commerce packaging in Singapore, a pilot that is led and currently managed by WWF-Singapore. But when reusable packaging is not possible, how do we decide what packaging material has the least impact on the environment? The presentation will briefly touch on the Alternative Materials Tool - a free webtool that uses lifecycle environmental data from Ecoinvent and other scientific literature, and analyses over two dozen materials commonly used for packaging.
Yvonne Lin | Materials Expert, WWF Singapore
Recycling labelling schemes – A source of legal liability, a driver for change in the industry and consumer awareness
Over the last 10 years, there has been a profusion of on-pack recycling labelling schemes globally, led by governments, industry associations, or individual companies. Unfortunately, the lack of transparency, understanding, or controls has led many companies to display incorrect or misleading information. As a result, prominent brands are facing legal liability via public interest litigations and consumers may lose confidence and trust in the information provided by these brands.
In this presentation, we will start with an overview of the landscape of recycling labelling schemes as well as regulatory trends and successful initiatives around the world. From there, we will highlight best practices and challenges related to the determination of recyclability of packaging and use of recycling labels. Finally, we will discuss the impact of such initiatives on companies themselves, consumer behaviour, and on the improvement of the quality of recyclables collected by waste collectors across Asia.
Remi Cesaro | Founder and Executive Director, Zero Waste City
Case studies of packaging recycling and reusing
Chair’s closing remarks
Section 8: Innovations and Practices from across the Value Chain enable Sustainability – case studies and good examples from the value chain players
Innovation from an end user: An innovative recycling method for perfumery caps
In partnership with Dow, Wise and Aptar, Boticário Group develops a recycling method for perfumery caps made with SURLYN With the process, caps produced with SURLYN are transformed into new caps, returning to the consumer's hand without loss of quality and technical properties.
Franciele Saorin | Research & Innovation Packaging Specialist, Boticario Group
Delivering packaging for a sustainable future
  • Driving towards a circular economy
  • Commitments to bettering the planet with science-based targets
  • Sustainable packaging innovation case studies in APAC region

Quentin Yan | Sr. Manager/Director, Asia Pacific Market Development and Global Paper, Consumer Packaging, WestRock
Rethinking materials: Avoiding unintended consequences in the journey away from plastic
As brands transition away from single-use plastics, many are looking to paper as a solution, not aware of the risks and the impact this is having on the world’s forests. Forests are our greatest ally in addressing the climate and biodiversity crises, yet three billion trees are cut down each year to produce paper packaging. The good news is that there are solutions. Join Canopy and Flipkart, India's largest e-retail company, for information and insights on how this partnership is working collaboratively to ensure that their shift away from single use plastics isn't creating unintended consequences for forests, and is supporting Next Gen alternatives to tree-based fibre.

Dharashree Panda, Director of Sustainability, Flipkart
Elly Dinnadge | Senior Corporate Campaigner, Canopy
Networking break
Make the switch to sustainable labels: Boosting packaging recycling in the future!
Although it might seem like a small part of the overall packaging, product decoration like labels and sleeves can make a huge difference in recycling. Learn more about the new high-tech materials that have been engineered to support “Design for Recycling”, especially recycling of PET bottles and other plastic packaging and see how recycling rates and high-quality PCR content rates can be boosted – closing the loop!
Marika Knorr | Head of Sustainability, CCL Label
Responsible packaging – a way forward with the 3Rs.
How can we ensure that wood-based fiber remains available for generations to come? This talk will take the audience through the journey of the 3Rs linked to forest certification. The source is Renewable, the sourcing must be Responsible and the end product must be Recycled. This talk wants to help retailers and suppliers with their responsible packaging strategy and what it means on the ground.
Fabienne Sinclair | Head of Marketing, PEFC International
Lunch break
Section 9: Driving a Circular Economy through Recycling - Waste management and recycling infrastructure improvement and opportunities in Asia Pacific
Opportunities and challenges for realising a circular economy for plastic in Asia
Asia is at the epicentre of the global plastic waste crisis – driven by increase in consumption and underdeveloped waste management systems. Advanced (or chemical) recycling provides a potential solution to bring waste plastics back into the value chain and to create a closed loop, but this is dependent on seamless value chain collaboration and radical reform of the current ecosystem, particularly in waste management. Plastic Energy is developing advanced recycling projects in a number of Asian countries – this presentation will address the opportunities and challenges of realising the vision of a circular economy for plastic in Asia.
Ying Staton | Chief Sustainability Officer, Plastic Energy
Holistic Resource System – Evidence based solutions combining global best practices of waste management systems to increase recycling rates and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
By significantly increasing recycling captures and improving resource management practices globally, GHG emissions can be reduced by 2.76 billion tonnes CO2 equivalent per year compared to current waste disposal methods – the equivalent of removing more than 600 million passenger vehicles from the road annually.
As a global frontrunner in empowering the circularity of resources, TOMRA continues to analyze and optimize methods that achieve the highest recycling rate and reduction in GHG emissions possible. The presentation will cover the efficiencies of Holistic Resource Systems – a combination of well-established waste management techniques using both national and regional level approaches.
Anupam Bhattacharjee | VP, Area Manager Asia, TOMRA
Panel: future outlook for recycling
Panel Moderator:
Ciaran Little, VP, Americas & Asia Pacific, Smithers


Carlos Ludlow-Palafox, CEO, Enval
Jason Chan, APAC Recycling Commercial Manager, Dow
Ying Staton, Head of Corporate Development (Asia), Plastic Energy
Anupam Bhattacharjee, VP Plastic Applications (PA) Asia, TOMRA
Fredric Petit, Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures
Chair’s closing remarks - Smithers