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Registration and Welcome Breakfast
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Welcome & Opening Remarks
Commercialized Successes in Packaging Sustainability
Opening Keynote: Beyond the Bag
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Delivering true packaging sustainability - a retailer’s strategy
Networking Break
E-commerce Innovations and Sustainability in Retail
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Panel: The Boom of Food App Ordering/Delivery and the ease of E-commerce Ordering
Since the pandemic and the vaccine era of 2021, cold chain packaging and fulfillment & delivery has boomed from online food ordering, grocery apps, e-commerce surges around holiday ordering and more. Online retailers have had to adjust to the extreme surge of online ordering, whether it be through app ordering, food delivery, or holiday ordering online. Consumers have been frustrated with delivery times, availability of products etc. This has pushed retailers and brands alike to increase inventory, improve logistics and work through supply chain shortages and disruption. This panel will address some of the trends and innovations that occurred throughout 2020 and 2021 for cold chain packaging, fulfillment and supply chain disruption.

Panelist Include:
  • Sam Bhargava, Chief Innovation Officer, Jadex Inc.
  • Additional Panelists Coming Soon!
Networking Lunch Break
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Material & Technology Innovations - Plastics
More on plastics being converted back to their original polymers for reuse
Thermoform Circularity: Unlocking a New Source of Post-Consumer Recycled Material
There is no way to achieve true circularity in plastics without including thermoforms. The demand for Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) material is steadily increasing due to brand commitments and legislated mandates, but there is not enough material recovered from bottles to satisfy this demand. The volume of thermoforms in the market presents a tremendous opportunity to build a novel source of PCR material. This presentation from Plastic Ingenuity will provide insights into the current state of thermoform recycling, the challenges that lie ahead, and some examples of how brand owners are contributing to a circular system for this emerging PCR material.
Zach Muscato | Corporate Sustainability Champion, Plastic Ingenuity
Closing the Plastics Circularity Gap
Modeled a pathway to creating irreversible momentum toward circular supply chains for plastics under future scenarios. Each point of intervention needs attention and investment starting today, but if we maintain the status quo, we should expect to mismanage 7.7 gigatons of plastics over the next two decades.
Mike Werner | Lead for Circular Economy, Google
Give the people what they want (and build brand equity at the same time)
76% of Americans agree that recycling makes them feel better about their purchases, and 45% have a more positive opinion of brands that use a limited amount or no plastics in their packaging. Brands are responding with recycled content commitments. But how is that going? It’s impossible for all brands to achieve all of their recycled content goals with mechanical recycling alone.
Some brands have taken the plunge, embracing content from advanced, molecular recycling. What has that journey been like? What are brands learning about what it means for their processes, cost structures and, importantly, messaging to consumers? Suzanne Shelton, CEO of Shelton Group, will set the stage with her firm’s latest consumer insights about American’s expectations of brands related to recycling, recycled content and packaging materials. Then she’ll facilitate a discussion about the real-world application of molecularly recycled content with a representative from Eastman, a leading player in material-to-material advanced recycling, and a representative from a household-name global consumer brand. They will discuss their partnership to meet aggressive circular packaging and recycled content goals, address infrastructure needs, and expand collection of plastics that are currently difficult to recycle.
Suzanne Shelton | President & CEO, Shelton Group
Networking Break
How do we build a workable recycling infrastructure?
Pathway to Circularity
The Pathway to Circularity is a first-of-its-kind initiative for the U.S. that provides transparent, action-oriented solutions for packaging circularity challenges. It is washing away the gray and bringing necessary clarity for stakeholders to successfully navigate and advance the circular economy for packaging. The Pathway includes tools to help companies set goals, define strategies to achieve those goals, and develop the solutions to take action, ultimately serving as the common foundation for building the system of the future by informing sustainable packaging design.
The Recyclability Framework, the first element of the Pathway to Circularity to be developed, defines a clear set of criteria to help companies take action to address packaging and system challenges, thereby making circularity tangible. With stakeholder adoption being a critical component to activate a circular economy, the Framework has been built and improved upon through the Circularity Council and a 30-day Public Comment period in late 2020.
Sarah Dearman | VP of Circular Ventures, The Recycling Partnership
Sustainable Packaging Strategies Focused on Brand Owners and Consumers
ALPLA is a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions for global brand owners. We operate across 180+ locations globally and are actively supporting our customer needs driven by their consumers. ALPLA believes we have an important responsibility to not only design, develop and produce sustainable packaging, but also to invest in innovative technologies and infrastructure. We are currently engaged in multiple recycling technologies which are offering our customer options to meet their sustainability objectives.
Billy Rice | Sustainability Manager, ALPLA Inc. (North America)
Panel: Technically Recyclable VS Practically Recyclable
This panel will address what is considered “recyclable”, the differences between mechanical and chemical recycling, and also including some new recycling technologies.

Panelist Include:
  • Dr. Carlos Ludlow-Palafox, CEO, Enval
  • Tamsin Ettefagh, Chief Sustainability Officer, PureCycle Technologies
  • Additional panelist coming soon!
Welcome Reception
What is the Latest in Paper-based?
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Increasing Food and Beverage Carton Recycling Through Collaboration
The Carton Council of North America (CCNA) was created to improve food and beverage carton recycling through a model structured around collaboration. This includes working with MRFs to efficiently sort cartons; assisting end markets with sourcing cartons; supporting governments in adding cartons and educating their residents; providing schools with tools to build carton recycling programs; and partnering with companies and brands who package their products in cartons. This collaborative approach leverages the entire supply chain and includes innovations such as the introduction of the first AI robot to help sort recyclables at MRFs. CCNA will share its collaborative approach for increasing sustainability in packaging that has led to a 239% increase in access to carton recycling across the US.
Kris Kaar | Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) & Carton Council
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Technology & Innovation in Retail Sustainable Packaging
Core to global consumer brands sustainability commitments is supply chain transparency.  Retail brands need full visibility within both their product and packaging development.  From a packaging perspective, that starts at the forest level and the impacts that packaging has on the environment, communities, animal habitat right to fiber sourcing and product end-of-life. Forest companies are now turning to the sky and satellite imagery to stop Illegal logging, land encroachment, forest fires and other causes of deforestation.  Combining that with new investments within R&D and sustainable product development, pulp and paper manufacturers are becoming an integral part in helping brands achieve their sustainability goals.
This session will explore new advances within the product lifecycle, starting with advances in new satellite technology imagery in forest protection that can in real-time monitor and track forest change right down to the tree level.  Additionally, the session will address the next stage in sustainable packaging and end-of-life, with the overall growth of advances in coatings and related materials to provide consumers with multiple sustainable end-of-life options. 
Ian Lifshitz | Vice President of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations, the Americas, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Sinar Mas
Networking Break
Regulatory Updates
Compliance Considerations for Environmental Claims Under the FTC's Green Guides
Claims about the environmental attributes of a product are subject to scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission under the so-called "Green Guides." How does the FTC evaluate environmental marketing claims? What can companies do to ensure their environmental marketing claims do not run afoul of applicable legal requirements? What are some best practices for companies to adopt in developing language to be used in claims? This presentation will provide an overview of the requirements and answers to these important questions.
Joe Dages | Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
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The European and Asian packaging regulatory landscape: from the reduction of single use to the promotion of the recyclability & reusability
European & Asian public 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.
Axel Darut | Head of EU & International Affairs, CITEO
Welcome Reception
Registration and Welcome Breakfast
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Welcome & Opening Remarks
Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers
Keynote : How to introduce a new product in a new market using new technology in 18 months?
  • Understanding needs (Product functionality, expectations, and product end-of-life)
  • Understanding materials and food safety
  • Prototyping and quick interactions
  • Designing technology platform
  • Runnability and product launch
  • Mass production
  • Case studies

Martin Grandjean | Global Business Development Manager, Tembo Paper
Reuse, Reducing Single Use Plastics and Smart Packaging
U.S. Plastics Pact
Join this session to learn how the U.S. Plastics Pact is moving ideas to action. Learn about work being done through private-public partnerships to ensure 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable. It takes every part of the value chain to close the loop on plastics. Equip yourself with the knowledge and network to help create a circular future.
Tiana Lightfoot-Svendsen | Communications & Project Manager, U.S. Plastics Pact
Panel: New for Reuse – Retail, Foodservice, Subscription
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Panelists Include:
  • Lauren Sweeney, Co-Founder & CMO, DeliverZero
  • Ned Tomasevic, CEO, Reusability
  • Simon Locke, Sustainable Design Innovation Manager, The Body Shop
  • Jane TsilasGlobal Packaging Sustainability Manager, Starbucks Coffee Company
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Networking Break
Sustainability through the Supply Chain - Collaboration
Sustainability + Innovation: See What’s Possible During Collaborative Package Exploration & Co-Creation
The demand for fundamental and meaningful change is being led by the consumer. They are not only demanding more aggressive legislation and enforcement from their governments, but they are also exerting pressure on brand owners to commit to improving their sustainability records. Brand owners, in turn, are making bold commitments to improve their sustainability and reduce their impact on the environment. No one can tackle these on their own. We need collaboration across the entire packaging supply chain in order to meet the demands of the consumer and to create real change for the sake of our environment. We have an obligation to work together with brand owners, printers, converters, retail chains, governments, and even consumers, to create new and sustainable packaging solutions that require rethinking across the packaging supply chain.
Nathan Pajka | Sustainability Specialist, Metsӓ Board, Americas
Panel: Levels of Partnerships Across the Value Chain for Circularity – Will it disrupt existing relationships?
Moderator: Dilhani De Silva, Principal, Roland Berger

How will sustainability initiatives change? Where are brands “stuck”? As sustainability goals change and we approach 2025, how are brands achieving their goals? How has COVID and supply chain disruption changed the outlook for these goals? On the road to circularity across the packaging supply chain, where are the frustrations or roadblocks?

Panelists Include:
  • Rebecca Casey, SVP, Marketing & Strategy, TC Transcontinental
  • Ashley Drew, Sustainability Manager, UPM Raflatac Americas
  • Additional panelists coming soon!
Networking Lunch Break
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How are brands leading the way in sustainability?
Yes, We Can!
At Sonoco, we produce billions of paper containers annually for many of the world’s leading food brands. After following the same process for decades, we identified a unique problem regarding the recyclability of our paper cans. Sonoco’s EnviroCan™, a metal bottom paper canister, contains a high concentration of recyclable material but is not commonly found on the list of accepted recyclables in many municipalities. To prove this unknown packaging format could be sorted effectively at scale using current equipment without disrupting existing streams, Sonoco set out to navigate the complex recycling industry.
The EnviroCan™ case study demonstrates a process many formats will likely undergo as the focus on a product’s end of life increases. From confirming acceptance and proving performance throughout the recycling process to thinking critically about how the package can be reused and accepted, this success story will shed light on the hurdles packaging formats may face in proving recyclability to the broader industry.
Knowing the end market is the key to a recyclable claim, Sonoco first focused on the reprocessing and end market piece of the puzzle. Next, Sonoco confirmed steel recyclers accept the paper can with metal end in bales as the steel is valuable to their operation.  In parallel with this work, flow studies were performed at multiple Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) to understand where the cans were sorted once they arrived at the tip floor.  This included prework to condition the cans alongside normal household recyclables in collection trucks to ensure we simulated real life conditions.  After the cans had been run through the MRF the results showed Sonoco’s paper can with metal end performed on par or better than a steel can in regards to collection by the magnet.  We believe the work that was performed provides a great platform to begin future work.
Scott Byrne | Assistant Director, Global Sustainability, Sonoco
Panel: Climate Change and Reducing the Carbon Footprint
This panel will cover how companies are reducing their carbon footprint, water usage, agriculture and more. Panelists will paint a picture of what their companies are doing to make a sustainable impact and looking to the future for change.

Panelist Include:
  • David Allen, Vice President Sustainability, PepsiCo Foods North America
  • James Harmer, Planning & Innovation Strategy Leader, Cambridge Design Partnership
  • Additional panelists coming soon!
Packaging Sustainability: Successes, Challenges, and Learnings
Sustainability and the Environment – How Companies are “Fixing” Packaging
Beyond PFAS - Chemicals of Concern are Everyone’s Concern
With a growing focus on chemicals of concern, consumers, lawmakers and brands are searching for safer materials and products, including those in the packaging space. Consumer demand for transparency in products is driving business decisions and prompting brand commitments. Safer, cost competitive alternatives are available and growing, and retailers, brands, and suppliers need help identifying and transitioning to these materials. Emerging assessment tools offer screening and rating programs that evaluate all ingredients in a material or product, and those ratings can be used to help identify potential safer materials. This presentation will provide an overview of this emerging theme and highlight some of the safer alternative rating systems being used.
Shannon Pinc | Circular Economy Specialist, NatureWorks
Panel: Reducing the impact packaging has on the environment
Striving towards using more recycled content, reducing packaging, achieving sustainability goals and reducing the overall impact our product packaging has on the environment.

Panelist Include:
  • Kristen Royal, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Sabra Dipping Company, LLC
  • Chelsey Evans, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Etsy
  • Michael Waas, Vice President, North America, TIPA
  • Arash Hassanian, President, Hoover CS
Closing Remarks

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