Returning to Swissotel Chicago, Sustainability in Packaging US will take place March 6-8, 2024, to deliver timely updates and firsthand industry insights into the emerging developments, notable market trends, and cutting-edge packaging solutions that are steering the supply chain towards an increasingly circular economy and more sustainable future.
What can you expect at the 2024 event?
300+ experts from across the full supply chain regularly attend Smithers Sustainability in Packaging event LEARN MORE >>
Make new connections within the industry with like-minded individuals
6+ hours of networking built into the program
Meet the speakers from Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., The Recycling Partnership, TetraPak, Fibre Box Association (FBA), Can Manufacturers Institute, Landsberg Orora, Casper, Smithers, ERT, Lorax, CalRecycle, Huhtamaki,and more SPEAKERS >>
Sessions are covering the industry's most critical topics, including collaboration and partnership, technology, global plastics treaty, recycling, MRF Involvement, worldwide regulatory updates, CSR, emissions, zero waste to landfill, trends, the future outlook, and more AGENDA >>>
Take advantage of the tracks on day one to personalize your experience
Visit the exhibit hall to hear the latest solutions and advancements SPONSORS >>
Get complete access to the conference app and online platform to connect with other attendees, speakers, and sponsors
Enjoy networking lunches, breakfast, two evening receptions with drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and more – all included in your registration
Receive presentations we are able to share after the event, and access to video recordings
Enjoy everything the venue and city have to offer VENUE >>
Add the three pre-conference workshops for just $400! Decide which workshop to attend in person, and access presentations and videos from the other two after the event. Featuring experts from Starbucks, Steptoe & Johnson, P&G, Sonoco, Cruz Foam, EFI, Munchkin, ALPLA INC., Carton Council of North America, Tetra Pak, Interact Boulder, Carbon Better, Lifecycles, Zacros America, University of Michigan, ORBIS Corporation, Plastic Ingenuity, American Forest & Paper Association, The Aluminum Association, Plastics Industry Association, Strategic Materials, Mango Materials, Turn, erthos, RRS, and more
Ravish Majithia leads Magnomer as founder & CEO. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Texas A&M University. Ravish is also a Babson Fellow, Sorenson Award Recipient and MBA from Babson College. Magnomer is a winner of Materials Research Society’s Innovation Award & MassChallenge Gold.
Director of Climate Servicesat
Bio coming soon!
Insight + Action
Susan Cornish is Principal Consultant at Insight + Action, a company she founded in 2017. Susan is a life-long researcher and strategist, always interested in digging deeper to understand the reasons why, and determining how changes can be made.
At Insight + Action, Susan helps clients define issues and research questions. She leads client engagements and manages all aspects of projects from research design and data collection, through analysis, reporting, and other deliverables.
Prior to Insight + Action, Susan was a Vice President at several global Consumer Insights firms. Here she worked with brand owners in Marketing, contributing to product and packaging development decisions. On the supplier side, Susan led research teams, developed more focused reporting methods, and worked with clients and IT to create client portals and automated reporting.
Susan has in-depth knowledge of packaging sustainability and the recycling industry, plus expertise in all aspects of product and packaging innovation research. Susan has worked with global clients in many sectors including packaging, consumer packaged goods, hospitality and foodservice, waste management/recycling and recycling non-profits.
Susan holds an Honors BA, 1st Class, from Simon Fraser University where she majored in Geography and Economics. She has an MSc and PhD from the University of Toronto where her dissertation research focused on product innovation.
Senior Manager for International Plastics Policyat
Felipe E. Victoria is the Senior Manager for International Plastics Policy. Felipe joined the Plastics Policy and Finance team at Ocean Conservancy after serving at the United Nations in New York for several years. Here, he represented Spain’s regional Basque interests on the UN Economic and Social Chamber (ECOSOC), the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), and other UN System related organizations and fora. In particular, he led the engagement and coordination of this regional government of Spain with the national government on areas of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as social, humanitarian, and women´s issues.
Felipe has a Spanish Law degree by the Complutense University of Madrid, a master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations by the Spanish Diplomatic School, and a specialized Diploma in EU Law and Institutions by the same school. As well, he holds a master’s degree in International Trade and Business Management by a joint program of the Menendez Pelayo International University of Spain and the Spanish Ministry of Economy.
Besides Spain and his student time in Brussels and Geneva, he has lived and worked in Colombia where he has family ties, and has been a lecturer at the Colombian War College. Prior to living in New York City, he worked at the Spanish Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, coinciding with the Arab Spring uprisings.
Vice President, Industry Affairsat
American Forest & Paper Association
Terry Webber serves as American Forest & Paper Association Vice President of Industry Affairs. Webber is responsible for maintaining synergy with government affairs, ensuring robust and integrated marketplace strategies across the sectors, and identifying new engagement opportunities for AF&PA Industry Statistics.
He joined AF&PA in 2011 and has worked in various roles in government and industry affairs. Prior to joining AF&PA, Webber was a postgraduate legal fellow for the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a legal extern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. He also has an extensive background in Oregon politics, as campaign staff for former NBA Player Chris Dudley’s 2010 run for Oregon Governor and as senior staff for the state House Republican Caucus.
Webber holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Southern California, where he was on the Southern California Law Review. He is a member of the State Bars of California and Oregon. He resides in the Portland, Oregon area with his wife and son.
PIQET (owned by Lifecycles)
Tim is the sole director and founder of Lifecycles, a premium supplier of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and sustainability services, and owner of LCA software packaging tool, PIQET.
With over 25 years of experience in LCA, Tim is a pillar of the international Life Cycle community through his involvement with the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, ISO standards development committee for ISO14048 and the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation.
Tim has been instrumental in the development of data and leading-edge scientific support for supply chain sustainability tools. He has contributed to several books, being co-author of Assessment: Principles, Practice and Prospects (CSIRO Publishing) and Design + Environment: A Global Guide to Designing Greener Goods (Greenleaf Publishing Limited). He strives to make a more rational science-based approach to environmental decision-making through his consultancy work, training and tool development.
The AeroFlexx Pak is a flexible package designed to act like a rigid bottle. The airframe technology provides structural rigidity throughout the entire package lifecycle, and integrated valve design provides benefits to the brand and an enhanced consumer experience.
The AeroFlexx Pak is designed with sustainability in mind. The AeroFlexx Pak consumes up to 70 percent less plastic than traditional bottles. In addition, the package can incorporate up to 50 percent recycled content without compromising durability. Then the package can be curbside recyclable, where all plastic bottles are accepted.
The integrated valve means no caps, lids, or pumps are needed. The AeroFlexx Pak is hermetically sealed and tamper-proof right off the line. Consumers simply tear off the top tab and then easily squeeze with one hand to dispense. The valve also provides consumers with the benefits of precision dispensing, no residue build-up, and self-sealing. Even if the packaging is turned upside down or falls to the ground, the self-sealing valve ensures no leakage occurs.
The AeroFlexx Pak is ready for omnichannel distribution and can qualify for ISTA-6. The AeroFlexx Pak is prep-free shipping and no extra packing materials are needed. Just place it in an envelope or box. It will arrive in perfect condition without breaking or mess for consumers.
The AeroFlexx Pak can come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet product needs. It also offers 360 design capabilities removing the limitations of labels - no molds, labels, or caps required.
Avery Dennison is a materials science and manufacturing company specialized in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. Our expertise and global scale enable us to deliver innovative, sustainable and intelligent solutions to customers all over the world.
BASF is a leading global suppliers of high-quality polymer emulsions, acrylic binders, resins, additives and colorants.
These raw materials are used in a wide range of industries such as adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive coatings, construction, industrial coatings, nonwovens, printing and packaging, paper coatings, wood coatings, and more. With a comprehensive product portfolio and extensive knowledge of the industries we serve, we offer our customers innovative and sustainable solutions to help them advance their formulations through chemistry
With a focus on eco-friendly specialty paper, packaging, and tissue, BiOrigin Specialty Products is a trusted wholesale paper supplier, continuing to thrive, grow, and manufacture some of the finest sustainable paper and tissue products in North America. Visit us at www.BiOriginSP.com
CCL is the world’s largest converter of pressure sensitive and specialty extruded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional, functional and security applications for government institutions and large global customers in the consumer packaging, healthcare & chemicals, consumer electronic device and automotive markets. Extruded & laminated plastic tubes, aluminum aerosols & specialty bottles, folded instructional leaflets, precision decorated & die cut components, electronic displays, polymer bank note substrate and other complementary products and services are sold in parallel to specific end-use markets.
Marketing Manager - Value Chain & Sustainable Packagingat
Kara Stoney brings a wealth of experience in packaging development and sustainable marketing strategy, with over 10 years of industry expertise. Following her graduation from Michigan State University, Kara began her career at Havi Global Solutions, focusing on lightweighting and cost savings in beverage and dessert packaging. She is most proud of leading the sustainability project that replaced foam coffee cups with fiber cups for the McDonald's system. Kara continued her work in sustainable packaging at SC Johnson, where she served as the global lead for Glade aerosol packaging, working on new global product developments and developing life cycle analysis standards for new packages. She then moved into sales at Bostik, quickly transitioning to the role of Sustainability Marketing Manager for the Advanced Packaging division, where she developed overall sustainability strategies. Kara now works at Dow with her primary focus centering on fostering the circular economy while also emphasizing decarbonization. Within her role, she channels her expertise towards the exploration and implementation of strategies that drive circularity within the sustainable packaging landscape. By highlighting the significance of recycling and sustainable practices, Kara actively works towards a future where resources are efficiently utilized and industry waste is minimized. Her dedication lies in contributing to a more sustainable industry that promotes resource efficiency and waste reduction.
Director | R&D External Innovation at
Sameer is a R&D Director, External Innovation at PepsiCo. In this role, he manages PepsiCo’s open innovation platform and strategic partnerships to source external technologies that can impact the company’s wide portfolio of food and beverage products. These technologies can range from packaging materials, ingredients and processing to digital technologies and business model innovations.
Prior to his current role, Sameer held various roles within Packaging R&D at PepsiCo and before that at the Wm. WRIGLEY Jr. Company, successfully leading packaging development for commercial launches of new beverage, food and confectionary products as well as longer term development on new packaging materials and technologies. Sameer began his career in the materials industry working on polymer films and coatings as well as glass and fiberglass for GE Plastics and PPG Industries. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Global Director of Packagingat
Church and Dwight Co., Inc.
Rich McNabb has been the Global Director for Packaging at Church and Dwight Co. Inc. since 2015. He has worked in the Packaging Industry for over 30 years and is committed to driving Sustainability. Rich is responsible for Global Packaging Development and Sustainability strategy, working closely with the Church and Dwight Sustainability Council. Prior to Church and Dwight, Rich worked at Unilever in Europe and US, where he was a Global Director for Packaging. He has worked across a number of Global Brands and created packaging Innovations and Sustainability solutions over the course of many years.
Rich is a Mechanical Engineer, having been to university in his home town of Liverpool, UK. He is passionate about finding new innovations for consumers and for the planet and is proud of the great progress that he and his team have already made in support of Church and Dwight’s Sustainability goals.
Sustainable Packaging Managerat
The LEGO Group
Rose Shulman recently joined LEGO as the Sustainable Packaging Manager. Previously, Rose had been a Packaging Engineer at Hasbro since 2011. There, she is a member of the Sustainability Center of Excellence and helps lead the company’s packaging sustainability initiatives. She is passionate about making the world a better place by designing for the environment and innovating for the future. Prior to working at Hasbro, she was a Packaging Engineer at The Hershey Company. She has an Industrial Design degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.
VP, Material Sales & Recyclingat
Bio coming soon!
Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni
Founder and Presidentat
KoolEarth Solutions Inc.
Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni is the founder and President of KoolEarth Solutions Inc., a technical consulting and business development company focused on helping companies develop and commercialize new sustainable packaging solutions as well as to improve the sustainability footprint of existing packaging and to reduce/eliminate packaging waste. He is also VP, Plastics and Packaging at Ubuntoo (www.ubuntoo.com), a unique environmental solutions platform to address plastic waste, plastic litter, food waste, sustainable fashion and so on.
Sandeep has over 20 years of industry experience working for several large packaging companies, such as International Paper, Neenah Paper and Georgia Pacific. Most recently he worked for PepsiCo, in the area of sustainable beverage packaging. His diverse expertise includes recycling, bioplastics, paper based as well as molded fiber packaging. Sandeep has 7 granted patents as well as several publications in industry journals. He has also served on conference advisory boards and has delivered several invited presentations, at international conferences, on the topics of sustainability and sustainable packaging. Sandeep serves as an Adjunct Professor at The Packaging School (a spinoff from Clemson University) as well as the North Carolina State University. Recently he was elected to serve as member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) for 3 year term (2021-2024)
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