Consumers have chosen plastics for its durability, light weight, and longevity, to name just a few reasons. Plastics are also the better choice when considering carbon emissions, summer smog, and water consumption compared to other rigid packaging options. Using the findings from life cycle assessments for products typical to the US market allows for an objective comparison of various rigid plastic packaging options. This, along with opportunities for innovation in plastics, supports plastics as the sustainability choice for the future.
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Paul has huge experience in all aspects of packaging and has an exceptional understanding of packaging materials, and processes. Paul developed Tesco strategy for packaging sustainability including the creation of preferred materials and formats guidelines.
Currently working for Tesco with responsibility for the non food area for both Own Label and Branded products. Has previously been responsible for the Tesco Packaged Food areas as well as Household and Personal Care.
In his personal life Paul is Chairman of the Thriplow Daffodil Festival – an annual charity event which has raised over £1m to date.
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Suzanne is the voice and the vision of Shelton Group. Drawing on her extensive experience in energy and the environment – and 25+ years in the marketing and advertising industry – Suzanne provides high-level strategic insights for our clients and guidance for our research and creative departments. She regularly speaks at conferences around the country, including Sustainable Brands, Fortune Brainstorm E and the International Builders’ Show, and serves as a guest columnist for publications like Fast Company, Green Builder and GreenBiz.com.
From corporate to government and nonprofit sustainability initiatives, Sarah has spent her career collaborating for good. As the Vice President of Circular Ventures for The Recycling Partnership, Sarah specializes in building action-oriented collaborations to accelerate the circular economy which has included launching the Circular Economy Accelerator, U.S. Plastics Pact, Pathway to Circularity, and more with her stellar team and partners. Having spent time leading sustainable packaging initiatives at Coca-Cola as well as managing sustainability initiatives for Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources, Sarah understands the power of public-private collaboration and is passionate about maximizing partnerships for positive change.
Billy Rice leads ALPLA Inc.’s sustainability efforts across 16 plants in North America. With focus on reducing scope 1-3 emissions, his efforts align with the company’s global pledge to increase sustainable practices and influence customer decisions for the more conscious buyer. His implementation of strategy includes innovative operational processes, cultivating company culture while increasing value for stakeholders and advocating for honest change within the packaging industry. He previously led the strategy and implementation of sustainability programs in collaboration with key stakeholders for Pembina Pipeline Corporation and serves as an advisory board member for generating awareness and promoting equity and inclusion for indigenous communities.
Billy is a GRI Certified Sustainability Professional and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia along with Master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Georgia and Development Practice from Emory University.
For the past 6 years, Dustin Schadt has worked with Stora Enso as the Director of Business Development and Key Account Manager for Specialty Papers and Packaging Materials in North America. His key objective is to build partnerships with Retailers, Brand Owners, and Converters who have specific Objectives to increase the effectiveness of their Paper and Packaging. Though Quality, Service, and Logistics are all key objectives for these companies, Dustin focuses on clients whose primary goal is to find Sustainable Packaging Solutions. Bringing 18 years of experience from the Folding Carton Industry, he ties in many different components of the supply chain in order to find innovative solutions and bring value to the changing market. When he’s not talking about micro fibers, blank paper, or empty boxes, Dustin likes to travel with his family, creating many adventures along the way. Between his love for family and love for paper, there’s never a moment to rest.
Kris Kaar is a senior consultant at Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) with 30 years of experience in research, planning, communication, and program management in solid waste and recycling programs. For the past 10 years, Kaar has worked with the Carton Council and developed an expertise in adding cartons to existing recycling programs and expanding access to recycling for cartons. to RRS, her career included public and private sector consulting, municipal client support at an independent material recovery facility, and direct municipal experience implementing a composting program, managing the city’s waste and recycling collection contact, and developing the first permanent household hazardous waste collection drop-off site in Illinois.
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Joe Dages helps clients successfully navigate the complex US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory requirements that apply to food, food additives, and food contact materials. He advises companies on all aspects of the premarket review requirements and pathways to market for these materials, as well as post-market compliance, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), labeling, marketing, risk, and litigation avoidance issues. In addition, he provides advice to clients seeking to establish the compliance of their products in other jurisdictions, including Canada, the European Union, and South America.
Joe's practice is increasingly focused on the regulation of biopolymers and other sustainable packaging materials used in contact with food. He also helps companies that manufacture materials used in the production of animal food and feed in bringing their products to market.
Prior to and during law school, Joe worked in government relations and international affairs for a leading trade association representing the food, beverage, and consumer product industry. He leverages this background to assist trade association clients address challenging policy and legal issues. He has authored numerous amicus briefs on behalf of trade association clients.
Andrea began her career working in labs, first as a research assistant with the Institute for Genomic Research and then with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. Her undergraduate degree is in Biology from University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia. After attending law school at George Washington University, she was an attorney for many years with Emord & Associates PC in the Washington, D.C. area, representing clients regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (and related agencies). After leaving private practice, Andrea was Legal Counsel with Celltex Therapeutics, a ground-breaking stem cell company in Houston, TX. Next, Andrea was Regulatory Director, Associate General Counsel with Innophos, Inc, a manufacturing company supplying ingredients to the food, dietary supplement, pharmaceutical and technical industries around the globe. Currently Andrea is Food Law Counsel with Campbell Soup Company working primarily with its Quality, Regulatory, R&D, and Marketing teams on some of the most iconic brands in the United States.
Dan Felton is Executive Director of AMERIPEN – the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment. He is a well-known policy and trade association leader who has worked within the bottled water, credit card, healthcare and information management industries. He is particularly passionate about environmental, sustainability and packaging issues and has engaged extensively in those areas at the state and federal levels. He has chaired committees and led task forces for several national trade associations and has served on the board of the State Government Affairs Council (SGAC) where he is a graduate of the their nationally recognized professional certificate programs. A former professional actor and musician, he has run the finances and served on the board of a nationally recognized theatre education non-profit. He has also been involved with the Commission on Presidential Debates since 2000 in support of their quad-annual presidential and vice presidential debates. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, Dan lives in the Washington DC area.
Citeo is the company in charge of the Extended Producer Responsibility schemes for household packaging and for graphic & printed paper in France, working with 20 000 packers and fillers, 900 local municipalities and 300 recyclers. The annual turnover is around 850 M€ per year for both activity.
He joined the public policy affairs department of Citeo in 2018, after experiences in the high administration and advisory firm for the public sector. He works very closely with all the actors of the packaging value chain in particular on the Circular Economy Package, the european plastics strategy, the circular plastic alliance, the national pacts on plastic packaging, the new circular economy action plan within the European green deal and EPR projects around the world.
He’s also lecturer on circular economy and european affairs for the university of Paris and ESSEC - international business school.
He graduated from the University Paris Dauphine (Master in Law and Regulatory Markets) and from the College of Europe (LL.M in EU law).
Martin has an EMBA and an MSc in Technology and Entrepreneurship. Before joining Tembo, he co-founded two companies in Argentina in the food and beverage industry.
Martin’s love of business development drew him to his role at ITM, where he has been Area Sales Manager for Latin America. And he took the same passion to his role at Tembo Paper.
Tembo Paper is part of Tembo Group, a global, family-owned group of companies that use technology and innovation to create sustainable manufacturing solutions in the fast-moving consumer goods market.
At Tembo Paper, Martin works with a talented team who help global brands be the first to launch next generation products by combining world-class product and machine development. This unique approach means clients and partners can make a smooth transition from plastic straws to high-quality, food-safety-compliant, and environmentally-friendly paper straws.
Tembo Paper’s unique paper straw technology enables high-volume paper straw production. By working only with the best suppliers and materials, and by minimising waste, Tembo Paper ensures optimal quality while keeping the environmental footprint low.
For more than a decade, Tiana created and managed recycling programs and environmental outreach campaigns for academic, medical, and government organizations. Throughout her career, she has propelled cross-functional teams to reach their goals and balance the triple bottom line. Tiana brings her boundless passion for sustainability and a multifaceted approach to communication to the U.S. Plastics Pact’s team. Tiana holds a B.A. & M.A. from Southern Methodist University and has credentials as a LEED AP: BD+C & O+M and Certified Practitioner of Zero Waste Practices and Principles.
Thom Almeida is a Platform Curator at the World Economic Forum, based in New York. He is part of the Platform for Shaping the Future of Consumption, which advances responsible models of consumption for the benefit of society and business. Thom is the Head of the Consumers Beyond Waste initiative, which brings together a vibrant community of changemakers from leading consumer companies, innovators, policy-makers, and NGOs to accelerate innovative reuse solutions at scale.
Previously, he worked as a Consultant at Foresight Factory, a consumer trends and innovation strategy firm headquartered in London. Originally from the Netherlands, Thom started his career in government at a public policy think tank and at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Relations and Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Thom is also representing the European Union as a youth delegate for the Sustainable and Livable Planet track in a series of youth engagements and during the Y20 Summit in Jakarta in the lead-up to the 2022 G20 Summit.
Nathan Pajka, Sustainability Specialist, Metsӓ Board, Americas, works in tandem with the Product Safety and Sustainability team in Finland to provide a range of sustainability services to the Americas and serves as Metsä Board’s sustainability expert in the region. Based in the Norwalk, CT, office, he is responsible for providing sustainability data, information and education to help clients reduce the environmental impact of their packaging. Before joining Metsӓ, he worked for one of the largest healthcare companies in Massachusetts as well as serving as a sustainability ambassador for one of the largest utilities in New England. Nathan holds an MBA in Sustainability and Social Change and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University, Worcester, MA.
Scott Byrne serves as the Assistant Director of Global Sustainability at Sonoco, a global packaging solutions leader, committed to improving the lives of customers, teammates and communities. With his extensive background in all aspects of environmental management and sustainability, Byrne helps ensure Sonoco is on the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives.
As the Vice President of the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) Board of Directors, Byrne works to further the organization’s goal of leading the packaging industry through advocacy based on science. Prior to joining Sonoco, Byrne was the Market Sustainability Manager for the US and Canada at Tetra Pak, where he was responsible for the implementation of sustainability programs and driving positive stakeholder engagement as the Director of Government Affairs at the Carton Council of North America, a recycling-focused industry group.
Byrne holds a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainability from the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, as well as a Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Florida Bar. Byrne received his bachelor’s degree in business economics and public policy from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, in Bloomington, Indiana. When not working, Scott enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and son and their two miniature schnauzers.
For over two decades, Michelle has channeled her passion for wildlife and the planet into working to conserve the environment. A self-professed tree hugger and connector of people, at Canopy Michelle thrives on collaborating with businesses to find tailor-made solutions that transform supply chains, help companies reach their sustainability goals, while taking the pressure off of forests. Forward-thinking business leaders collaborate with Canopy on solutions – from emissions reductions, to circular sourcing, to forest conservation. Together, we are building a movement to protect the world’s ancient forests for people, animals, climate stability, and all life that depends on them.
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Shannon Pinc is the Circular Economy Specialist for NatureWorks, a global biopolymer supplier. Her interest in managing natural resources led her to complete a bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Catherine’s University and a master’s degree in Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Her primary role is to partner with stakeholders across the entire value chain to move to a more circular system of managing products made with NatureWorks biopolymers.