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Influencing a Sustainable Shift
Networking
Keynote: Frito Lays Chips and Danimer Scientific
Abstract to come!
Presentation To Be Confirmed
Panel: Essentials for Packaging Design and E-commerce
Panelists include:
  • Melissa Dandy, R&D E-Commerce Lead NA & Packaging Lead Sun, Acne, Make-Up, Johnson & Johnson
  • Brent Lindberg, Founder and Principal, Fuseneo, USA
Networking Break
Panel: Recycling, Plastics and Influencing Consumers
Panelists to be announced!
Circular Plastics Taskforce (CPT): Collaborating to Build a Circular Economy for Post-consumer Plastics in Canada
The Circular Plastics Taskforce (CPT) is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between consumer product companies, packaging producers, industry associations and public organizations. Its goal is to help build a circular economy for post-consumer plastics in Canada by creating a better alignment between the recovery and recycling value chain and end markets for recycled resins. It was founded by Cascades, Danone, Dyne-a-Pak, Keurig Dr Pepper Canada, TC Transcontinental and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), who serve as the Steering Committee. Phase 1 of the CPT aimed to draft a complete mapping of the value chain and make assumptions of possible ways to improve processes, equipment or technology in sorting centers and processing facilities in order to create a greater synergy among stakeholders and carry out preliminary simulations to trial these assumptions. Phase I was financed by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Eco-Enterprises Québec and the six founding partners. It was concluded in early 2021: this conference will present the CPT’s unique collaborative model, highlight some of the key preliminary findings from the project and present its next steps.

Charles David Mathieu-Poulin | Senior Advisor – Circular Economy & Member of Steering Committee, TC Transcontinental | Circular Plastics Taskforce (CPT)
Colin Jacob | Project Manager, Center Transfer Technological In Ecology Industrial (CTTÉI)​
Presentation To Be Confirmed
Packaging Innovation - How Companies are Changing Their Packaging for the Future
Panel Discussion: Industry Perspectives and Plans Following the Pandemic
  • Understanding the role of packaging and perceptions of plastics might have changed
  • Discussing whether these emerging long-term trends or contextual considerations
  • What changes in consumer behavior are impacting business flow already? 
  • How will the surge in e-commerce look after the pandemic and what work will be required to improve sustainability?
Panelists Include:
  • Liz Logue | VP Customer/Brand Engagement and Strategy, Inkjet, EFI, US
  • David Dombrowski | R&D Head of Innovation & Sustainability, GSK Consumer Healthcare
Phasing Out Plastic Packaging from New Toy and Game Packaging
Abstract to come!

Ben Kuchler, Director of Product and Package Sustainability, Hasbro
Jacquie Patterson, Senior Manager of Package Engineering, Sustainability Team, Hasbro
Panel: Packaging Challenges in Fashion and B2C Subscription Based Goods
  • Polybags – are compostable bags a potential solution?
  • What are the systems implications/requirements for a shift away from polybags?
  • What sustainable solutions are companies using?
  • How about reusable shipping packaging solutions – are they feasible?
Panelists include:
  • Joe Fernandez, Senior Packaging Engineer, Vera Bradley
Modernizing and Sustaining Recycling: One State’s Comprehensive Proposal
The State of Oregon is considering a comprehensive proposal to modernize its decades-old recycling system. The proposal originated from a multi-stakeholder planning process, and it is unique on several fronts, including new “truth-in-labeling” standards, new roles for brands, and elements that advance social equity. While centered on recycling, the concept also takes a broader look at the environmental impacts of packaging – considering source reduction, material selection, and impact disclosure. Learn what Oregon discovered when it evaluated what ails recycling  – and how it proposes to fix it.
David Allaway | Policy Analyst in the Solid Waste Program, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
To combat climate change, everyone needs to do their part in reducing carbon emissions. At the same time, supporting carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere is essential. How packages are designed greatly affects their sustainability and circularity. Product and process design should incorporate the optimization of resource use and opting for verified, sustainable raw materials. In the journey beyond fossils, transitioning from fossil-based packaging materials to sustainably sourced renewable ones contributes to minimizing environmental impact. Many food brands have concrete goals to both replace fossil-based raw materials and reduce the carbon footprint of their packaging. Choosing a labeling solution that utilizes renewable or recycled raw materials is one of the most important steps you can take to increase sustainability and to reduce the carbon footprint of your packaging. It’s important that we help designers look at their packages from a truly holistic point of view: a sustainable package is an ecosystem of elements – all the way from the cap or seal to the label.
Kyle Strenski | Director of Global Business Development, UPM Raflatac
Networking Break
Policy Driving Change Around the World
How Has COVID-19 Impacted Sustainable Packaging?
This presentation from Smithers will include trend forecasting, market drivers, and innovations that have emerged as a result of the global pandemic. Detailed abstract to come!
Establishing FDA Compliance for Recycled Plastics Used in Food Packaging
State laws were adopted in 2020 that require minimum recycled content in consumer good packaging, including food-contact materials. Other legislative and regulatory proposals continue to circulate that call for increasing recycling recovery rates for consumer goods so that supply of recycled plastic feedstock may be increased. These proposals, as well as consumer demand, are collectively applying pressure on companies in the entire consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry value chain, including recyclers, packaging manufacturers, and consumer goods manufacturers, to find affordable and safe recycled plastic sources. But simply legislating for increased recycled plastic content in CPG products does not address the requirement that the recycled plastic must be safe and legally compliant for its intended use in those products. With this in mind, this presentation will focus on a review of the applicable legal requirements to establish FDA compliance for recycled plastics used in food packaging. This can be a significant hurdle for food and food packaging manufacturers. Many of these FDA centric requirements also can be relevant for other non-food CPG products, so this presentation will incorporate a brief discussion of how and why that is the case.
Joe Dages | Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Panel: Policy – COVID, The Future of Recycling and Sustainable Packaging

Panelists Include:
  • Nina Butler, CEO, More Recycling 
  • Meghan Stasz, Vice President of Packaging and Sustainability, Consumer Brands Association
  • Adam Peer, Senior Director, Packaging, Plastics Division, American Chemistry Council
Networking
How Should We Design for Sustainablity?
Uncertainty, Ambiguity and Corporate Goals- Oh My! How Sonoco Designs for the Next Generation of Recyclable Packaging
A key pillar of Sonoco’s drive to become the acknowledged packaging industry leader in creating and enhancing a sustainable future is recyclability. A key challenge is defining what recyclable will mean in the years to come as Sonoco works to innovate today. Successful innovation requires a deep understanding (and a little bit of luck) of what future material recovery facilities, end markets and corporate commitments will look like years after a development project is launched.  Innovations coming from the technology team such as near-infrared (NIR) detectable black plastics and mono-material flexible packaging options open up possibilities for tomorrow’s recycling systems, but is that enough?  For example, once black plastics can be identified and sorted by an NIR system, will there be a market for the material?  Now that flexible packaging is moving to mono-material structures, will there be a recycling system in place to accept this next generation of packaging? In this session Sonoco will do a deep dive into their innovation process to discuss how they place their bets in the face of uncertainty.
Jeff Schuetz | VP of Global Technology for Consumer Packaging, Sonoco
Presentation To Be Confirmed
Reducing Single Use Plastics in HP Product Packaging
Despite a long track record of corporate responsibility, sustainable packaging innovation is a relatively new venture for HP. This is in part due to the products we package – large, high-value products with sensitive electronics and fragile components. But after years of researching customer demand, competitive pressure, and incoming regulations, we have set out with our new packaging sustainability strategy to reduce hard-to-recycle materials, increase recycled content, and source sustainably sourced paper packaging. It is this new direction that led us to recently announce our latest sustainability commitment to eliminate 75% of single-use plastic packaging by 2025, the first of its kind in the Tech industry.
Jacob Sanchez | Program Manager, Packaging Sustainability, HP Inc.
Networking Break
Why Sustainability is Good for Business
Modern-Day Mechanical Recycling; Agility, Transparency, and Sustainability
As a signatory of the Ellen MacArthur-led U.S. Plastics Pact, PreZero US is the only mechanical recycler that has signed up to take on the ambitious challenge to innovate and increase the recycling of plastic packaging, without relying upon chemical recycling. At the end of the value chain, recyclers regularly feel the harshest impacts from varying factors across the local and global supply chains, varying from the National Sword Policy in China, poorly-designed packaging from manufacturers, contamination, and many other unforeseen factors, such as COVID-19, that have disrupted the entire global economy. This all begs the question: how does a sustainability-focused recycler remain agile and profitable when the odds are stacked against them? With legislation pushing the needle for manufacturers to use greater percentages of post-consumer recycled materials in new products (ex: CA SB-270), plastics recyclers are now competing over quality of pellets, not just cost. While virgin prices are still significantly cheaper, recycled materials prove to be worth the added cost with their ability to lower the carbon footprint of a product and have a positive impact on a company’s triple bottom line. PreZero US knows what it takes to enter the US market and emerge a leader. Through significant upfront investments, the end results equate to high-quality recycled pellets, which ultimately yield more consistent products for the end-user manufacturers. With the added boost of a PCR (post-consumer recycled) certification from UL (Underwriters Laboratories) for their CoreFilm product line, PreZero has proven that they will step up to meet the needs of its customers while keeping sustainability at the forefront of their business model. While being laser-focused on expanding the circular economy, PreZero US aims to “Pre-Think Recycling”. With a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Southern California, PreZero US has the capacity to process 12,000 metric tons annually of hard-to-recycle LDPE plastic films. At another facility in South Carolina, PreZero US has implemented cutting-edge black sorting technology and has the capacity to process 28,000 metric tons annually of Mixed Rigid Plastics. This presentation will explore benefits of mechanical recycling of these materials and case studies of successful implementation in the packaging space. The audience can expect to learn about important considerations for designing packaging for recyclability, along with a peek into what types of products PreZero’s customers are turning recycled pellets into.
Cali Reed | Senior Sustainability Specialist, PreZero US
Costing the Circular Economy: How Policy and Technology Will Affect Sustainable Packaging Costs
The Costs of Policy and Tech for the Circular Economy Governments are racing to implement plastic bans and EPR schemes for packaging, but how will this affect the recycling market? Is there enough capacity, globally, to meet demand from company commitments and country targets, and if not, how much will it cost? BloombergNEF uses its global policy database and techno-economic analysis for recycling to assess the opportunities and risks for businesses as they make the transition to more sustainable packaging, and a more circular economy.
  • Major policy trends in the U.S. and globally
  • Overview of recycling capacity by material and country
  • Competitive drivers in the circular economy - Economics of chemical recycling and the case for investment
  • Costing circular economy scenarios

Julia Attwood | Head of Advanced Materials & Circular Economy, BloombergNEF
Engaging Middle America in Recycling Solutions
How can brands, NGOs and municipalities partner with U.S. consumers to increase national recycling rates? In 2019, Shelton Group fielded an eye-opening study to gauge consumer awareness about the plastic waste crisis and its expectations of brands and policymakers for solving the problem. Now the firm has fielded a follow-up study to dig into consumer understanding of the struggling recycling system and its impacts on their behavior. What are Americans feeling and doing now that curbside recycling programs are shutting down, the volume of recyclables being landfilled (or burned) is being published and it's becoming clear just how many items we’ve been putting in the recycling bin aren’t actually recyclable? What’s the impact on brands and consumers’ perceptions of a brand’s “convenience” promise? How can brands, NGOs and municipalities partner with consumers to put their materials in the right places — and is that even possible or have consumers just given up? This session will answer all those questions as Suzanne Shelton of Shelton Group presents the key findings of this timely research.
Suzanne Shelton | President & CEO, Shelton Group
Panel: Cost of Creating Sustainable Packaging

Panelists include:
  • Oliver Campbell, Director Procurement, Packaging Engineering, Dell
  • Emily Williams, Global Growth Platform Leader - Circular Economy, Michelman
  • Grove Collaborative
What is Sustainability Anyway? Addressing Certification and Labeling Challenges
Networking
Recycling Was Designed To Fail. Here's What's Being Done To Fix It.
In addition to reducing and reusing, having proper recycling systems thrive at scale is one of the most important ways to prevent waste from going into oceans and water ways … and it is ranked as one of the top ten ways to reverse climate change. However, despite its vast benefits, recycling has been designed to fail. Throughout the U.S. and in most countries, labeling on recycling bins is inconsistent and confusing from one bin to the next.  Icons on packaging are confusing and often misrepresent the recyclability of the packaging -- and the packaging itself is often unnecessarily complex mixing recyclable materials with non-recyclable materials. All of that confusion and inconsistency makes it virtually impossible for the public to be able to recycle properly.  Without an effective recycling system at scale, there cannot be sustainable packaging or a circular economy at a meaningful level. In this presentation, we will look at why recycling has continuously been so dysfunctional. We will share what is being done to fix recycling at a systemic level so that: 
  1. The recycled commodities can be consistently high-quality and high quantity materials at cost-competitive prices for manufacturers to be able to reuse and rely on; 
  2. Recycling will economically thrive at scale within communities, across nations and globally; and 
  3. Recycling will finally live up to its enormous environmental and societal benefits. 

Mitch Hedlund | Founder and Executive Director, Recycle Across America
Developing a 21st Century Recycling System Through Federal Policy: Recycling Leadership Council
2021 has already marked as a paradigm shift for climate action in the federal government, with packaging waste and marine debris top-of-mind for legislators and consumers. With EPA’s National Recycling Goal and an administration keenly focused on reducing the country’s environmental footprint, collective action from every part of the packaging value chain is pertinent to guide a federal response to the country’s packaging waste and recycling woes.
 
The Recycling Leadership Council (RLC) is a first of its kind, diverse group of 22 stakeholders from consumer-facing industries and the packaging and recycling ecosystem. The RLC believes the recycling crisis needs solutions at the national level. Throughout 2020, the RLC engaged in robust stakeholder conversations to develop a holistic framework – The Blueprint for America’s Recycling System – that will guide advocacy at the federal level, to achieve consistency in the recycling system.
 
In February, the RLC released their Blueprint calling for national policy action in three areas: data collection, system standardization and harmonization and financing and end market development. During this session, we will hear how the RLC came to consensus on federal policy concepts and the path forward to bring the U.S. residential recycling system into the 21st century, building a system supported by and feasible for all stakeholders.

Speaker details coming soon!
Panel: Trends and Regulations Around the Globe for Certification
Panelists to be announced!
Networking Break
Design for Recycling
Recycled Content Supply and Demand – A Policy Opportunity
Join AMERIPEN to learn more about their recently released study that analyzes corporate goals for post-consumer recycled (PCR) content use in relation to U.S. domestic capacity. Learn how the results of this study align with the increase in recycled content mandate proposals we are seeing throughout the U.S., and explore other complementary policies and potential investments in infrastructure and technologies that could be implemented to ensure recycled content supply and demand gaps can actually be filled.
Dan Felton | Executive Director, AMERIPEN
The Potential for Polypropylene
We are at a critical juncture in the future of recycling for Polypropylene (PP). While recycling estimates are above 60% for this material, more and more communities are dropping this valuable plastic from their recycling programs and many are land filling their 3-7’s. This affect will have wide sweeping implications in the Consumer Products and Packaging sectors, however with smart and innovative solutions, we can find ways of keeping this important material in the circular economy. The team from Rehrig Pacific will share case studies and examples of how they have used this material in secondary packaging applications, finding a new home for this homeless plastic. Working together we can close the loop and become demand champions for this important material.
Mike Riola | Sustainability Project Manager, Rehrig Pacific Company
Panel: Industrial Composters
  • What are some of the environmental benefits of composting that would be helpful for the audience to know about?
  • What are the benefits to accepting compostable packaging?
  • What are some of the challenges to accepting compostable packaging?
  • When companies design packaging for the solid waste system, what are important things they need to know and understand?
Panelists include:
  • Susan Thoman, Managing Director, Compost Manufacturing Alliance (US and Canada)
  • Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator, Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Bob Yost, VP and Chief Technical Officer, A1 Organics (Denver, Colorado)
  • Jay Blazey, General Counsel, Cedar Grove Composting (Seattle area)
  • Patrick Geraty, President/Owner, St. Louis Composting/Total Organics Recycling (Illinois and Missouri)
  • Jeff West, Facility Owner, Olympic Organics (Kitsap Peninsula, Washington)
  • Brian Fleury, General Manager, Facilities Group, WeCare Organics/Denali Water (Eastern states, Phoenix, Ann Arbor)
Challenges and Opportunities for Recycling Flexible Packaging
Given that municipal recycling programs are working to reduce contamination and accept only materials that can be economically recovered, processed and marketed, is it realistic to believe that flexible plastic packaging will ever be accepted in curbside recycling programs? Are store dropoffs really a viable recycling option? In this presentation, the speaker will describe existing and emerging opportunities for recycling flexible packaging along with associated challenges and limitations. Possible strategies will be presented for overcoming these challenges and clearing a path so that flexibles can make the transition from being non-recyclable to "recycle ready" to actually being recycled.
Betsy Dorn | Principal, Circular Matters LLC
The Circular Economy and Sustainability Commitments
Breakfast Panel: The Future of {Sustainable} Packaging – What Will Packaging Look Like for the Next 5-10 Years?
This panel will address what the future of packaging might look like, how sustainability initiatives will change and what companies are looking for to advance their packaging for the future.

Panelists include:
  • Suzanne Fisher, Head of Packaging Innovation, Wayfair
  • Brian Powers, Co-Founder & CEO, TemperPack
Opening Keynote: Priorities and Challenges in the Circular Economy Space
In this session, we will invite you to reflect on how much we have advanced in the journey towards a circular economy for plastics, and what are the priorities and challenges ahead of us, in this unique mission which a systemic transition represents.
Thais Vojvodic | Plastics Pact Network Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Panel: Corporate Sustainability Commitments
The impact of COVID has caused 2025/2030 Sustainability Goals to take a hit. This panel will give an update on how they are progressing, what they have learned along the way, and what to consider before making big decisions.

Panelists include:
  • Nicol Sobczyk, Sustainable Packaging, L’Oréal USA
  • Maddie McGinley, Director of Product, The Laundress, Inc.
Panel: Lessons Learned from Becoming A Sustainable City
Panelists include:

Alexa Kielty, Residential Zero Waste and Special Projects Assistant, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Networking Break
Creating Circular and Sustainable Packaging and Products for the Fashion and Retail Industries
Loopline is a sustainability hub that creates circular and connected packaging, products and product lifecycle consulting with the mission to eliminate single-use retail waste that would otherwise end up in landfills, oceans, or incinerators. Loopline products are sustainably produced, engineered durable and reusable, and use connectivity to create a shared responsibility community — ensuring the continued cycling of products/packaging — to Live, And Live On™.
Anna Kimelman | Founder and CBO, Loopline
Engaging Producers in Packaging EPR Discussions: It’s Not Too Late!
Over the past 15 years, as 119 extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws have passed in the U.S. on 14 products in 33 states, U.S. packaging producers have often shunned conversations on how EPR can be applied to packaging. As an increasing number of packaging EPR bills have been introduced at the state and federal levels, the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) became the first producer association to engage with U.S. state and local government officials, recyclers, and environmental groups to seek consensus on the basic elements of EPR for flexible packaging. FPA and PSI will share highlights of the agreement that emanated from the dialogue, which was released December 7, 2020. This session will cover the motivation for FPA to enter into a national multi-stakeholder outcome-based dialogue facilitated by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). PSI will outline the approach it is using to engage stakeholders, the same process that led to a model EPR bill for paint that PSI mediated among the American Coatings Association, government officials, and other stakeholders. That model led to paint EPR laws in 10 states and Washington D.C., with uniform bills being passed across the states and DC. At the beginning of 2021 there were already 5 packaging EPR bills introduced, with more expected this year and next. It is never too late, however, to shape these schemes through constructive dialogue. This presentation includes ample time for audience Q&A. 

Alison Keane, President & CEO, Flexible Packaging Association
Scott Cassel, CEO & Founder, Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)
 
Closing Remarks & Conclusion of Conference