SPC Advance 2020

The Member Event

Sep 29, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020 Virtual Event

Program

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Sep 29th
10:00 am - 10:15 am ET

Welcome Remarks

Main Stage

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Sep 29th
10:45 am - 11:00 am ET

TED-Style Talk: What Do You Stand For?

Main Stage

Speakers

Suzanne Shelton

Shelton Group

There has never been a more important opportunity for companies to take a leadership role in serving our society. We’re overwhelmed with worry about the economy, health and the environment, we increasingly believe our “system” isn’t working, and our expectation that companies take a stand for solving our societal and environmental ills is steadily increasing. Suzanne Shelton will unpack her firm’s latest insights work — pre-COVID and during COVID — to help the audience see what people want and need from Corporate America, and how companies should be positioning themselves and communicating in order to create a market advantage now and in the future.

Sep 29th
11:00 am - 11:15 am ET

TED-Style Talk: Sustainable Packaging Through Data-Driven Leadership

Main Stage

Speakers

Julie Kae

Qlik.org

After celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and experiencing the largest global health crisis in decades, environmental action through collaboration has become more important than ever. Executives around the world are discovering new ways to lead in the fight against climate change – including, powerfully, with data. Much of this work depends on our focus on CO2 reduction, supply chain improvements, and sustainable packaging. Qlik will discuss data-driven strategies currently taking place around the globe. They’ll also present a model your business can use to increase sustainability while saving money.

Sep 29th
11:15 am - 12:00 pm ET

Networking Lounge & Exhibition Hall Open

Networking Lounge / Exhibition Hall

Time to visit the Networking Lounge; organize 1:1 Meetings with fellow attendees & access private messaging.

The Virtual Exhibition Lounge will also be open for you to explore each fully immersive 3D exhibit booth, experience live chats and scheduled meet-ups, discover the next great innovation, and dive into available resources.

Sep 29th
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm ET

Tour + Presentation: HolyGrail 2.0 Revolutionizing Sorting and Recycling by Intelligent Packaging Containing Digital Watermarks

Explore & Learn - Peony Room

The HolyGrail 2.0 will be presented and discussed throughout the lenses of different value chain stakeholders. As this will be a virtual event, a video compilation from previous Open Houses will be shared to showcase the equipment. An update and next steps will be provided by the Platform EU Association leading HolyGrail 2.0 (AIM, The European Brands Association as being the initiative facilitator) and P&G.

Sep 29th
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ET

Forest Tour by Georgia Pacific

Explore & Learn - Iris Room

Speakers

David Brabham

Georgia-Pacific

Welcome to the GP virtual forest tour! Join us for this 360° experience to learn more about the forests that provide the wood-based products we all depend on. The forest is a dynamic, ever changing, resource and during this experience you will be able to see first-hand the steps we are taking to help maintain healthy forests now and into the future. We look forward to taking a virtual walk in the forest and showing you around.

Sep 29th
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ET

Tour + Presentation: An Inside Look at Sims Municipal Recycling

Explore & Learn - Sunflower Room

Speakers

Kara Napolitano

Sims Municipal Recycling

This live, remote presentation, hosted by the Recycling Education Center of Sims Municipal Recycling, will include photos, videos and graphics describing the recycling process in New York City and beyond. Additionally, it will showcase operations at Sims Municipal Recycling, the largest Materials Recovery Facility in the country where each day 1,000 tons of New York City’s residential recycling is received, sorted and prepared for sale. A Q and A section will also be offered.

Sep 29th
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm ET

Lunch & Learn: Polypropylene Recycling Coalition – Advancing Access Through Partnership

Explore & Learn - Poppy Room

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Chelsea Scantlan

Walmart.org

Charlie Schwarze

Keurig Dr Pepper

Sarah Dearman

The Recycling Partnership

Polypropylene packaging is one of the most versatile packaging materials on the planet. Join The Recycling Partnership and the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition’s lead funders to understand how targeted investment will drive better recycling access for polypropylene and better recycled content feedstock for the brands and retailers.

Sep 29th
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ET

Tour: Papermaking 101

Explore & Learn - Lily Room

Speakers

Zack Leimkuehler

Ahlstrom-Munksjö

Addie Teeters

Ahlstrom-Munksjö

Take a tour of an actual paper mill and learn how sustainable, fiber-based packaging is produced from tree to roll!

Sep 29th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Lunch Hour: Networking Lounge & Exhibition Hall Open

Networking Lounge / Exhibition Hall

Time to visit the Networking Lounge; organize 1:1 Meetings with fellow attendees & access private messaging.

The Virtual Exhibition Lounge will also be open for you to explore each fully immersive 3D exhibit booth, experience live chats and scheduled meet-ups, discover the next great innovation, and dive into available resources.

Sep 29th
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Tour: How is a Film Made?

Explore & Learn - Sunflower Room

Speakers

Cherish Miller

Revolution

From carryout bags to trash can liners to construction film, Revolution’s focus is using as much post-consumer resin in all the plastic film products they make. Take a tour and learn more about what goes in to making those products and how sustainability is a key part of the future.

Sep 29th
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Tour + Presentation: Cedar Grove Composting

Explore & Learn - Iris Room

Speakers

Karen Dawson

Cedar Grove

Join us for a Virtual Tour and Presentation of Cedar Grove’s Everett Facility, one of the largest commercial composting facilities in the country. Processing collected organic materials from Snohomish, King and Pierce counties, Cedar Grove’s two facilities process more than 350,000 tons annually, creating OMRI-certified, organic compost that is available in bulk and bags at Cedar Grove locations, Home Depot, Lowes, Fred Meyer and independent retailers across the Puget Sound region. As a pioneer in the collection and processing of compostable packaging, Cedar Grove will provide a glimpse into industry best practices and why information and innovation matters.

Sep 29th
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Lunch and Learn: Forest in Focus

Explore & Learn - Lily Room

Speakers

Tom Pollock

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Shea Wales

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

What if there was an easy-to-use tool that provided your company greater insights into the sustainability of the forests where they source fiber for paper and packaging? Forests in Focus, released earlier this year, is built on data from the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA), NatureServe and others to assess risk at a landscape-level. Using this approach, Forests in Focus allows users to see where conservation efforts are most needed, ask the right questions of their suppliers about their fiber supply, and gain the confidence they require to meet responsible sourcing goals.

Sep 29th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Presentation: How E-Commerce is Reshaping Customer Experience and Driving Sustainability

Spruce Room

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Dan Healey

Sealed Air

This session will include a two-part presentation by SPC and Sealed Air, featuring their work on sustainable e-commerce packaging. The SPC will set the stage with a level-setting presentation based on our recently launched Essentials of Ecommerce Packaging course. In the second part of the session, Sealed Air will share findings from their consumer research on perceptions of sustainable packaging in e-commerce and how this impacts customer experience.

Sep 29th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Panel: Targeting the Tube

Hemlock Room

Speakers

Kelly Cramer

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Stacey Luddy

More Recycling

Miriam Holsinger

Eureka Recycling

Ali Blandina

The Recycling Partnership

Eadaoin Quinn

EFS-plastics

Anne Bedarf

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Kelly Cramer, lead of the How2Recycle program, will lead a panel on Targeting the Tube, exploring how the plastic tube could be an emblem for multiple packaging formats. In this session attendees will learn more about the research and recent packaging innovation to increase recyclability of tubes as well as the changes needed in collection, sortation, and recovery to enable a path to recyclability.

Sep 29th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Panel: Key Partnerships in Technology Development: How Petrochemical Companies are Key to Making Chemical Recycling Circular

Fir Room

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Carlos Monreal

Plastic Energy

Johnny Combs

New Hope Energy

Priyanka Bakaya

Renewlogy

Technologies that can transform plastic packaging back into virgin-like plastics and other upstream materials will likely need a partnership from incumbent petrochemical companies to grow and scale. These partnerships and offtake agreements are key to finding investors and ensuring that we can return plastic waste into material supply chains. Petrochemical companies are just beginning to demonstrate their commitments to more circular supply chains. This session will explore how these partnerships are getting done, through case examples. Participants will discuss: how they’ve collaborated on technology development and process/pre-process improvements, how much investment/alignment was needed to execute the partnership, and what the potential is for technology and a new source of feedstock to make its way into the traditional plastics supply chain.

Sep 29th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Panel: Fighting Grocery Food Waste with Best Practices and Innovation

Pine Room

Speakers

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Brent Kawamura

PCC Community Markets

Wayne Koeckeritz

Eco-Products

Jessica Vieira

Apeel Sciences

Savannah Miller

Better Earth

Grocery retailers contribute to 40% of food waste coming from consumer-facing businesses in the US, an estimated 18.2 billion dollar opportunity. As grocery stores expand their selection of prepared and hot foods, more customers dining on-premise also means more post-consumer food scraps, a new and rapidly expanding waste stream for many retailers.We’ll discuss best practices for reducing both pre-consumer and post-consumer food waste in the grocery retail environment, and for diverting food waste from landfills with the help of composting programs. Innovations in packaging that prevent spoilage, standardized date labeling, and discounted imperfect produce can drive down costs and engage consumers in food waste prevention. We’ll also look at how compostable packaging can be used to capture more food scraps from customers dining in-store.This session will arm you with the tools to successfully manage one of our most important wasted resources.

Sep 29th
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Networking Lounge & Exhibition Hall Open

Networking Lounge / Exhibition Hall

Time to visit the Networking Lounge; organize 1:1 Meetings with fellow attendees & access private messaging.

The Virtual Exhibition Lounge will also be open for you to explore each fully immersive 3D exhibit booth, experience live chats and scheduled meet-ups, discover the next great innovation, and dive into available resources.

Sep 29th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Panel: Breakthrough Technologies in Papermaking and Paper Recovery

Hemlock Room

Speakers

Tom Pollock

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Inger Heinke

BillerudKorsnäs

David Brabham

Georgia-Pacific

Bill Moore

Moore & Associates

New developments in technology – from manufacturing to business intelligence – have spurned new innovations and advances in how paper packaging is sourced, manufactured, collected, and better aligned with principles of the circular economy. Shifting market dynamics in the United States and across the globe have played a role in triggering these advances leading to new investments and perspectives of what is possible with fiber-based packaging.

Sep 29th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Panel: Tilting the Balance for Reusable Packaging

Fir Room

Speakers

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Michael Newman

Returnity Innovations

Anthony Rossi

Loop Global Holdings

Brian Bauer

Algramo

Lisa Zwack

Kroger

A number of high profile reusable packaging solutions and programs have been deployed in the last year. In this session leading groups at the forefront of these initiatives will discuss the learnings, challenges, consumers’ acceptance and what in their perspective, will be the tipping point for mainstream implementation.

Sep 29th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Roundtables Discussion Session: Strategies for Engaging Consumers on Sustainable Packaging in E-Commerce

Spruce Room

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Dan Healey

Sealed Air

Danielle Jezienicki

Grove Collaborative

Brent Heist

Procter & Gamble

Eric Abraham

YFY Jupiter

Melissa Dandy

Johnson & Johnson

Yi Jiang

Amcor

Santiago Navarro

Garçon Wines

Building off of the prior session ‘How e-commerce is reshaping customer experience and driving sustainability’, this session will open up the topic for discussion among participants in an informal, roundtable conversation, focusing in on consumer experience and sustainability in e-commerce packaging. What has improved in e-commerce packaging from a sustainability perspective and do customers see this improvement? Where is there still room for improvement? How might we better engage consumers around sustainability in E-commerce Packaging?

Pre-registration is required to join this session

Sep 29th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Technology and Innovation Talks

Pine Room

Speakers

Dr. Paul Fowler

Diligentia Consulting

Jeff Gold

Nexus Fuels

Stacy Glass

ChemFORWARD

Kaleigh Nicastro

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Is a Perfect Storm Brewing for Paper Recycling’s Success Story?

While the use of recycled fiber continues to increase in many paper packaging formats, it originally derives from virgin fiber pulp production. At this particular time when covid-19 is creating unique industry challenges, could the confluence of global megatrends and long-term changes in patterns of consumption, undermine the sustainability of the very pulp mills that create those virgin fibers? In so doing, could they undermine the inarguable success of paper recycling and recycling rates?

Dr. Paul Fowler, Principal, Diligentia Consulting


Molecular Recycling: Challenges and Solutions

Chemical recycling in the context of plastic waste is receiving an increasing level of interest as a means to recycling plastics that do not work with mechanical recycling. Chemical (or molecular) recycling enables plastics that have little commercial value to be effectively converted back to their chemical components and re-used to create new plastics and other feedstocks. The process to do this, however, is not easy with challenges ranging from feedstock and offtake agreements, to permitting, to developing an economically viable technology to enable the conversion. However, solutions to the many challenges facing companies entering this market do exist and are continuously evolving. Some of these challenges and the approaches to addressing them are the topic of this presentation.

Jeff Gold, Founder and CEO, Nexus Fuels


An Emerging Leadership Agenda for Safe & Circular Packaging

Consumer concerns with food packaging including persistent pollution, waste, and toxins signal a potential disruption that will require rapid innovation in the food packaging sector. At the same time, new, previously approved, chemicals are showing up on regulatory agendas weekly. How does the supply chain stay ahead of this rapidly changing consumer landscape, minimize future risk, and avoid regrettable substitutions? A leadership agenda is emerging for companies who have adopted sustainability and circular economy goals, who are actively searching for safer materials, and who recognize the need to go beyond regulations to excel beyond the current challenges. This session will build the case for safe chemistry as a foundation for compostability, recyclability, and the circular economy and propose an agenda for companies who wish to lead in the transition to a safe and circular future.

Stacy Glass, Executive Director, ChemFORWARD

Sep 29th
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm ET

TED Style Talk: Sustainable Packaging Beyond Carbon Neutrality

Main Stage

Speakers

Noah Deich

Carbon180

This presentation will explore emerging innovations in carbon utilization and removal technologies that offer opportunities to transform CO2 in the air into sustainable materials that can sequester carbon.

Sep 29th
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm ET

TED Style Talk: NASA Harvest: Advancing the Uptake of Earth Observations for Informing Agricultural, Sustainability and Food Security Decisions

Main Stage

Speakers

Alyssa Whitcraft

NASA Harvest

Effective monitoring of our agricultural lands is a key component in the fight for global food security and a shared global challenge that can only be addressed through international collaboration across countries, organizations, and sectors. To help address this challenge, NASA Harvest was launched in 2017 as NASA’s Applied Sciences Food Security and Agriculture Program. Its overall goal is to enable and advance the adoption of satellite Earth observations by public and private organizations to benefit food security and agriculture in the US and worldwide. It is a stakeholder-driven program, motivated by the fact that more timely and accurate agricultural information as enabled by EO data and technologies could significantly enhance key agricultural decisions, whether by humanitarian organizations, governments, industry, or farmers. This talk will provide an overview of the NASA Harvest program and will highlight examples of its work and impact across the agricultural markets, humanitarian and private sector domains.

Sep 29th
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm ET

Success and Scaling of Compost Programs

Main Stage

Speakers

Blair Michal

CompostNow

Learn about CompostNow’s closed loop approach to implementing successful compost programs and how compostable packaging and serviceware play a part in that. Blair Lewis, Commercial Growth Lead, Compost Now

Sep 29th
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm ET

SPC’s Closing Recap for the Day

Main Stage

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Sep 29th
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Networking Lounge & Exhibition Hall Open

Networking Lounge / Exhibition Hall

Time to visit the Networking Lounge; organize 1:1 Meetings with fellow attendees & access private messaging.

The Virtual Exhibition Lounge will also be open for you to explore each fully immersive 3D exhibit booth, experience live chats and scheduled meet-ups, discover the next great innovation, and dive into available resources.

Sep 30th
10:00 am - 10:10 am ET

Welcome Remarks

Main Stage

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Sep 30th
10:40 am - 10:55 am ET

TED-Style Talk: Discovering Sustainable and more Resilient Ways of Living through Innovation and Design

Main Stage

Speakers

Kaave Pour

SPACE10

Sep 30th
10:55 am - 11:15 am ET

TED-Style Talk: Peering Into the Crystal Ball: What Does the Future of Single Use Plastics Look Like?

Main Stage

Speakers

David Rakowski

PA Consulting

Paul Kearns

Milliken & Company

Hear from PA Consulting and Milliken Chemical on their joint project to map out the different scenarios for single use plastics (SUPs) including tools like FutureWorlds, interviews with stakeholders from across the value chain to gain insights to develop new products to respond to these forecasts

Sep 30th
11:15 am - 12:00 pm ET

Networking Lounge & Exhibition Hall Open

Networking Lounge / Exhibition Hall

Time to visit the Networking Lounge; organize 1:1 Meetings with fellow attendees & access private messaging.

The Virtual Exhibition Lounge will also be open for you to explore each fully immersive 3D exhibit booth, experience live chats and scheduled meet-ups, discover the next great innovation, and dive into available resources.

Sep 30th
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ET

Tour: Plastics Materials Recycling with EREMA

Explore & Learn - Sunflower Room

Speakers

Greg Wool

EREMA North America

Join EREMA North America on a virtual tour of their Tech Center focused on plastic materials recycling, how the process works, and the high quality processed pellets can achieve. Through this virtual tour, attendees will learn more about the process a plastic bale undergoes, through processing, quality assessment, and assurance. The second part of the session will include a presentation focused on the challenges and opportunities of post-consumer recycling, the state of the art in technology, and how to turn recyclable materials into valuable products again.

Sep 30th
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ET

Tour: Haney, The Packaging Microfactory

Explore & Learn - Iris Room

Speakers

Dan Haney

Haney, The Packaging Microfactory

Stephanie Love

Haney, The Packaging Microfactory

Haney invites you to experience a virtual tour of their Packaging Microfactory located in Cincinnati, Ohio. See firsthand, how Haney has condensed the packaging supply chain into their one hundred thousand plus square foot facility to streamline the design, development, and deployment of new packaging formats. Hear from clients and partners alike, how in combination, The Packaging Microfactory and their VIA ReSolve Sustainable Packaging Program enables brands to realize their sustainable package goals, and launch new products to market swiftly and confidently.

Sep 30th
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ET

Tour: SPACE10

Explore & Learn - Lily Room

Speakers

Kaave Pour

SPACE10

SPACE10 is the research and design innovation lab focused on solutions to some of the major societal changes expected to affect people and our planet in the years to come. The tour will showcase some of their projects, more information here. SPACE10 is proudly supported by and entirely dedicated to IKEA — working as an independent research and design lab. We bring new perspectives and design new solutions that enable IKEA to live up to their original promise of creating a better everyday life for the many people.

Sep 30th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Presentation and Fireside Chat: Engaging Producers in Packaging EPR Discussions: An Evolving Case Study

Explore & Learn - Poppy Room

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Scott Cassel

Product Stewardship Institute

Alison Keane

Flexible Packaging Association

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) has become 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 with the potential for a wider agreement amongst all packaging segments. 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 (ACA), government officials, and other stakeholders. That model led to paint EPR laws in 10 states and Washington D.C., with all bills being sponsored by ACA. SPC staff will facilitate the conversation and integrate participant questions and comments into the discussion.

Sep 30th
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ET

Tour: How is a Film Recycled?

Explore & Learn - Peony Room

Speakers

Cherish Miller

Revolution

Ever wonder how plastic film is recycled? Revolution has been recycling and collecting it for over 20 years. Spend some time with us learning how they have done it and what is next for film recycling.

Sep 30th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Lunch & Learn: Pivoting in the Face of a Pandemic

Explore & Learn - Marigold Room

Speakers

Ashley Leidolf

Dow Packaging & Plastics

Debby Brady

PepsiCo

Krzysztof Krajewski

Reckitt Benckiser

2020 has created significant changes to every element of business and our lives. Learn how companies have had to adjust their packaging and supply chain strategies to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sep 30th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Lunch Hour: Networking Lounge & Exhibition Hall Open

Networking Lounge / Exhibition Hall

Time to visit the Networking Lounge; organize 1:1 Meetings with fellow attendees & access private messaging.

The Virtual Exhibition Lounge will also be open for you to explore each fully immersive 3D exhibit booth, experience live chats and scheduled meet-ups, discover the next great innovation, and dive into available resources.

Sep 30th
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Tour + Q&A: Sustainable Strategy & The Packaging Ecosystem

Explore & Learn - Iris Room

Speakers

The global pandemic, shifting attitudes toward social justice and environmental catastrophes have us all seeking ways to do more good. Quad takes you on a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of its packaging ecosystem, where key facets of the marketing leader’s end-to-end packaging solution come together. Learn how strategy, design, creative, premedia, print and other packaging components work seamlessly with multichannel campaigns that tells a larger brand story — a story about how you prioritize the greater good of environment, community and public health.

Sep 30th
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Tour: Waste Management’s New MRF in Salt Lake City, Utah

Explore & Learn - Peony Room

Speakers

Susan Robinson

Waste Management

Mark Snedecor

Waste Management

Situated in the heart of Salt Lake City’s industrial district is Waste Management’s new Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Completed in June of this year, this MRF is a shining example of a state-of-the-art operation designed to address the future needs of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. This MRF – which utilizes 50,000 square-foot of space, features more than 2.5 miles of high-speed conveyor belts and boasts the latest equipment technology – can sort 35 tons of material per hour and sort 280 tons during a single work-shift. WM will host a virtual tour of the facility guided by one of the company’s industry expert. Additionally, a candid presentation will offer insightful commentary on overcoming the challenges facing the recycling industry. Time will be allotted for Q&As. Expect this tour to offer a true sense of the scope of this single-stream operation and impart a deeper understanding of the advanced technology being employed to effectively sort materials and remove contaminates. Starting with a time-lapse video of the MRF’s construction, then moving into a walk-through of the facility, the tour will include up-close looks at the fiber screens and optical sorters and conclude near the towering bales of processed materials ready to be shipped out for reuse.

Sep 30th
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Tour + Q&A: Nexus Fuel Facility

Explore & Learn - Sunflower Room

Speakers

Jeff Gold

Nexus Fuels

Nexus is a molecular recycling company that has developed a commercial-scale process (Nexus Technology) for converting waste plastics into feedstocks for plastics production and fuels, which can be further refined into a full range of products. Nexus uses its proprietary Nexus Technology to convert difficult-to-recycle waste plastics into feedstocks and fuels that are converted back into virgin plastics (fully circular).

Sep 30th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Panel: Closing the Loop – The State of Current End Markets

Hemlock Room

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Charles-David Mathieu Poulin

TC Transcontinental

Clint Smith

Pregis

End markets are the last, critical piece of the recovery system. Without someone to buy material at the end, you can not call that material recyclable. This panel will discuss the state of today’s end markets different for different plastics, including a discussion on key challenges in boosting end market demand, where demand is growing/where could it grow more, and how to enable new end markets through new technologies.

Sep 30th
1:30 pm - 2:30 am ET

Panel: SPC Members Corner: A Showcase of the Latest Sustainable Packaging Initiatives

Fir Room

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Danielle Wood

Dunkin’ Brands

Justin Welke

Nestle Gerber

Philippe Blank

Henkel Beauty Care

David Porter

Campbell Soup Company

Jeff Yorzyk

HelloFresh

In this session, a group of SPC members will share their latest bold goals, projects, sustainable packaging changes: how they decided to zero in on those initiatives; a brief walkthrough their journey and what comes next.


Farewell to Foam: How Dunkin’ Completed Global Transition to Paper Cups – Danielle Wood, Senior Sustainability Specialist, Dunkin’ Brands

Gerber’s Sustainability Journey: Rethinking Packaging Materials – Justin Welke, Packaging Project Manager, Nestle Gerber

Scaling up Collaboration: Our Social Plastic Project Expansion – Philippe Blank, Head of Sustainability, International Packaging Development, Henkel Beauty Care

David Porter, Senior Director R&D – Enterprise Packaging, Campbell Soup Company

Evolving Meal Kit Packaging as We Build the Segment – Jeff Yorzyk, Director of Sustainability, HelloFresh US

Sep 30th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Panel: Is the Biggest Enemy of Innovation, Scale?

Pine Room

Speakers

René Paula

Closed Loop Ventures

Scott N. Miller

Dragon Innovation

Aline Casagrande

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dr. Magdi Azer

REMADE Institute

Rajiv Banavali

Westrock

In this session we will explore how brands and retailers can effectively find products, venues, manufacturing platforms, innovations in technology to move to solutions that will lead to fulfilling the looming 2025 goals.

Sep 30th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Roundtable Discussions: How can Brands & Suppliers Work with Municipalities & Composters to Plan for the Future of Compostable Packaging?

Spruce Room

Speakers

Renaud des Rosiers

Amy's Kitchen

Shannon Pinc

NatureWorks

David Fridland

Eco-Products

Sego Jackson

Seattle Public Utilities

Jake Hebert

Futamura

Cheryl Baldwin

Pure Strategies

Buzz Chandler

Asean Corporation

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Let’s explore the strategies that will lead to a future where compostable packaging is not only accepted at composting facilities nationwide, but part of a bigger system of cycling biological nutrients. Solutions for the future include reformulating products to break down more quickly, using design and labeling to set compostable packaging apart from recyclable alternatives, educating consumers on the importance of composting, supporting legislation that bans food waste from landfills, and working with composters to better understand their timelines and needs.

Pre-registration is required to join this session

Sep 30th
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Networking Lounge & Exhibition Hall Open

Networking Lounge / Exhibition Hall

Time to visit the Networking Lounge; organize 1:1 Meetings with fellow attendees & access private messaging.

The Virtual Exhibition Lounge will also be open for you to explore each fully immersive 3D exhibit booth, experience live chats and scheduled meet-ups, discover the next great innovation, and dive into available resources.

Sep 30th
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Presentation: Breaking the Plastic Wave

Fir Room

Speakers

Lauren Rowell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Yoni Shiran

SYSTEMIQ

Developed by The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ, “Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution” presents a first-of-its-kind model of the global plastics system. It is an evidence-based roadmap that describes how to radically reduce ocean plastic pollution by 2040 and shows there is a comprehensive, integrated, and economically attractive pathway to greatly reduce plastic waste entering our ocean. The research supporting this report was co-developed with 17 experts from across the spectrum of professionals looking at the plastic pollution problem, with broad geographical representation. The findings of our analysis were published in the peer-reviewed journal, Science. The aim of this work is to help guide policymakers, industry executives, investors, and civil society leaders through highly contested, often data-poor, and complex terrain.

Sep 30th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Panel: Film Recovery, Current and Changing Landscape in Policy and Market Needs

Pine Room

Speakers

Elizabeth Biser

The Recycling Partnership

Susan Bush

Circular Matters

Jennie Romer

Surfrider Foundation

What is the current landscape for plastic film packaging policy? How does policy impact an existing and growing recovery system? How do you avoid unintended consequences? How can policy help recycling systems? Bans, taxes, fees, regulation, recycling and residents — when talking about policy and packaging, it can raise more questions than can be answered in 280 characters or less. These experts from across the value chain will dig into these questions and more.

Sep 30th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Panel: Sneak Peak: Supply Chain Feedback on the RMS Field Test

Hemlock Room

Speakers

Laura Thompson

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Brittany Szczepanik

NSF International

Eadaoin Quinn

EFS-plastics

Dr. Tiffani Burt

Sealed Air

For the last several months we’ve been hard at work creating the Recycled Material Standard (RMS) – a third party standard to address various challenges within the recycling value chain. While recycled content claims aren’t new, the RMS brings the added assurance of chain-of-custody, a mass balance allocation system as well as the potentially revolutionary ARC trading platform. Modeled after renewable energy market, ARCs (Attributes of Recycled Content) aim to create a finance mechanism for new investments in processing recycled materials. Join this panel presentation to hear from supply chain participants that have agreed to pilot test various aspects of the standard before it’s released for public review. Field testing is scheduled to run from July through September, so attendees will be the first to hear about this important milestone leading up to the launch of the standard in 2021.

Sep 30th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Workshop: Verifying Responsible Sourcing

Spruce Room

Speakers

Tom Pollock

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Shea Wales

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

“100% responsibly sourced” is becoming the default standard in paper and packaging. But what does that exactly mean, and more importantly, how does one actually go about making sure paper and packaging is “100% responsibly sourced”? To answer this question, SPC Forest Products organized the Verifying Responsible Sourcing collaborative. With a special interest in “non-certified” virgin fiber, the VRS collaborative has developed a guide to help companies, in various stages of their sustainability journey, understand “how-to” verify that their fiber is 100% responsibly sourced. Come to this workshop to learn more about how to use the guide and its unique approach to verification.

Sep 30th
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Presentation: Digital Print in Packaging and it’s Implications for Sustainable Packaging

Fir Room

Speakers

Lauren Rowell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Carl Joachim

ePac Flexible Packaging

Learn how digital printing for flexible packaging can significantly lower environmental impact. Hear how digital track and trace technology, used in conjunction with “Connected Packaging”, can be used to follow discarded plastics through the recycling/reuse processes while rewarding consumers for their recycling efforts.

Sep 30th
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm ET

TED-Style Talk: Technology, Forests, and Climate Change

Main Stage

Speakers

Dr. Christopher Oswalt

USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA)

Technology is already transforming the way we understand and can have a meaningful impact on fighting climate change. Part of this work is a better understanding of our forests and we can leverage these incredible tools and insights that advances in technology affords us. For packaging professionals, this means understanding a key source material in a new way and using this knowledge to help meet sustainability goals.

Sep 30th
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm ET

TED-Style Talk: Accelerating the Transition to a Circular Economy

Main Stage

Speakers

Dr. Magdi Azer

REMADE Institute

Sep 30th
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm ET

Closing Recap and Conclusion of Event

Main Stage

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Kelly Cramer

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

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