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Packaging Alternatives and Innovation in Sustainability

This workshop will address packaging alternatives such as plant-based packaging products, and biodegradable and also incorporating innovations with PCR, aluminum, and more. We will also discuss – what are the problems? What are the “myths” or troubles with compostable and biodegradable?

Wednesday, March 9, 2022



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1:00 PM | PLA in the Circular Economy

In order to attain a circular economy, we must first reduce our dependency on fossil carbon and make a shift to renewable carbon. Then we must utilize waste streams and products at their end-of-life as the basis for new products, instead of disposing of them. PLA is bio-based and has characteristics that enable the full range of sustainable end-of-life options.

  • Mechanical recycling
  • Chemical recycling/feedstock recovery
  • Composting / biodegradation
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Incineration with renewable energy recovery

This talk will show PLA makes an ideal solution for the circular economy and will provide an update on the EU Single-Use Plastic Directive Implementation

Joe Jankowski | Business Development Manager, Total Corbion

1:30 PM | Recycling Revolution with Aluminum and Reuse

Abstract coming soon!

Sara Axelrod | Director of Sustainability, Ball Corporation

2:00 PM | Plant-based packaging is the future of sustainable packaging

It’s hard to imagine anything as useful as plastic, but the packaging industry is shifting from single-use plastics to sustainable solutions to meet both consumer demands and environmental regulations. Made from renewable resources like starch and fibers, new innovations in plant-based packaging have produced packaging solutions with the same versatility as plastics and polystyrene yet decompose within 90 days and are free from harmful toxins. Using a circular economy approach, learn how Evanesce delivers truly sustainable packaging solutions that are half the cost of other green alternatives.

Douglas Horne | Founder & CEO, Evanesce

2:30 PM | Networking Break

The Problem Addressed

As the packaging industry continues to grow, sustainability will become an increasingly important factor for decision-makers at all stages of the supply chain. From reducing waste and greenhouse gasses to sourcing sustainably, what is the problem, how are we addressing it, and how can sustainable packaging become a commercially viable option.

3:00 PM | Panel: Consumer Expectations and Managing Cost

This presentation will provide concrete data during an open discussion around consumer expectation vs. what CPGs can actually achieve from fulfillment to delivery.

  • Is there a disparity in consumer expectations from commodity to premium products? How are brand owners in both spaces addressing challenges in managing consumer expectations while tackling the hurdles of maintaining margins on low price point products?
  • Hurdles in packaging for ecommerce vs. brick and mortar
  • Innovations in omni-channel packaging
  • Complex Deliverables
  • Performance vs. appearance

Panelists Include:

  • Tania Montesi | Global Ecommerce Manager, HB Fuller
  • Rebecca Marciniak | Principal, Roland Berger
  • Additional panelists coming soon!

3:45 PM | Panel: Packaging for E-Commerce Through the Value Chain

  • The B2B and B2C disruption of the supply chain and how B2C trends are translating over to B2B
  • How the drastic surge in e-commerce in 2020 and 2021 changed the way fulfillment is done and consumer purchasing behaviors?
  • Packaging solutions that support fulfillment and delivery

Panelists include:

  • Adrianne Tipton, Ph.D. | Chief Technology Officer, Novolex
  • Liz Logue | Vice President Strategy, Inkjet, EFI 
  • Benjamin Trent | Managing Consultant, Smithers
  • Additional panelist coming soon!

4:30 PM | A Holistic Approach to Packaging Sustainability

Today, brands globally rely on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools to select packaging materials for their products. These tools have evolved and improved over time, but they still present only a partial picture of a material’s environmental impact. It’s time for another step-change. Trivium Packaging is taking sustainability in packaging to the next level by expanding the traditional LCA methods to include factors such as circularity, packaging waste reduction and improved shelf life. We will share how this holistic approach can support brands to better position their sustainability commitments and reduce the environmental footprint we all leave behind at the same time.

Jenny Wassenaar | Vice President of Sustainability, Trivium Packaging

5:00 PM | Closing Remarks – Welcome Evening Reception