SPC Impact 2020

Mar 31, 2020 - Apr 2, 2020 Austin, Texas

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Mar 31st
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration and Check-In

Registration Area
Mar 31st
8:20 am - 10:30 am

Tour: ePac Flexible Packaging

Come join us on a tour of ePac Flexible Packaging. See how the only flexible packaging company in North America, based 100% on digital printing technology,  addresses sustainability, including a unique new solution using track and trace technology. This tour is ideal for brands interested in the benefits of digital printing. We’re sorry, but converters and suppliers are not eligible for this tour. 

Please Note: Closed-toe shoes are required. 

Schedule:
8:20 am: Gather in AT&T Hotel and Conference Center lobby for departure
8:30 am: Departure from hotel
9:00 am: Tour starts
10:00 am: Tour ends and departure back to event venue
10:30 am:  Approximate arrival back to AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

Tickets: $30 each

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Mar 31st
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Tour: Balcones Resources

A short classroom session will be followed by a 30 minute tour of Balcones’ state of the art recycling facility. The facility processes 35 tons per hour of single stream recyclables and utilizes an equipment configuration that includes several optical sorters and robots. The tour will be followed by a short question and answer session. Safety gear will be provided.

Please Note: Closed-toe shoes are required. No photographs allowed without permission.

Schedule:
8:20 am: Gather in AT&T Hotel and Conference Center lobby for departure

8:30 am: Departure from hotel
9:00 am: Tour starts
10:00 am: Tour ends and departure back to event venue
11:00 am:  Approximate arrival back to AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

Tickets: $30 each

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Mar 31st
8:30 am - 12:20 pm

Tour: HEB Mueller Store and Fighting Grocery Food Waste With Best Practices & Innovation Session

Speakers

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Tour

H-E-B at Mueller, an 83,600 sq. ft. retail store and fresh food market, includes a pharmacy, café, and community meeting space. It is located in the Mueller neighborhood, a mixed-use urban village with excellent access to public transportation, open space and bike routes.

Session: Fighting Grocery Food Waste with Best Practices and Innovation

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. Experts from a leading regional co-op, food waste think tank, and compostable packaging manufacturer will share their insights in lively discussions in the second half of this knowledge café.

Transportation will be provided.

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Mar 31st
8:31 am - 12:00 pm

Chemical Recycling Morning

Classroom 103

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Kaleigh Nicastro

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Ellen Martin

Formerly with Closed Loop Fund

8:30 – 9:15 am | Essentials of Sustainable Packaging: Chemical Recycling

This session will offer an introduction to the emerging chemical recycling technologies for plastics, with insights into how these technologies intersect with packaging and the mechanical recycling system. We’ll discuss some of the key trends and drivers influencing the conversation about chemical recycling, review the basics of polymer chemistry, with a focus on characteristics that affect recyclability, and learn about the purification, decomposition, and conversion technologies that are in use today.

Tristanne Davis, Senior Manager SPC, GreenBlue and Kaleigh Nicastro, Project Associate SPC, GreenBlue


9:15 – 10:30 am | Masterclass: Defining Chemical Recycling – What do these technologies do? How do we use them to make the most of the resources we have?

This session will introduce participants to the fundamental processes involved in “chemically recycling” plastics, with real-life examples of how these are being applied to transform plastic packaging waste into like-new plastics and more. We’ll also look at how technology providers are integrating into existing plastics production and recycling systems, unpack the challenges, and explore the opportunities to scale them for a more sustainable packaging future.

Ellen Martin, Independent Consultant, formerly with Closed Loop Fund


10:45 am – 12:00 pm | MMRF Collaborative Workshop on Chemical Recycling

What is the waste hierarchy for multi material films? Is chemical recycling particularly important for bringing this packaging into the circular economy? Expanding on the topics introduced earlier in the day on chemical recycling, this workshop will explore these questions for multi material flexible packaging.

Tristanne Davis, Senior Manager SPC, GreenBlue

Mar 31st
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ideas Lab: Leveraging Human Factors to Optimize Sustainability Messaging

Conference Room 301

Speakers

Dr. Andrew Hurley

Clemson University

This interactive session will be centered at the intersection of sustainability, carton design, and human factors psychology. Attendees will leave with insights and learnings on how to:

  • Organize visual information for desired communication hierarchy
  • Identify placement of key visual elements
  • Evaluate the propositional density of a design
  • Determine the ratio of primary and secondary information on a display panel
  • Develop on-pack sustainability messaging
  • Ideate on methods to educate consumers on sustainable value propositions.

This collaborative Ideas Lab encourages attendees to bring their own packaging for analysis, use the provided tools and workbooks to asses provided packaging, and learn what Quad and Packaging InSight have discovered across a variety of consumer packaging eye tracking research studies.

Mar 31st
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Masterclass: Beyond Information to Action, Fostering Sustainable Behavior Change

Classroom 105

Speakers

Jennifer Tabanico

Action Research

Corporations are increasingly tasked with addressing significant environmental sustainability concerns such as natural resource depletion, air quality and marine debris. Without exception, the success of any sustainability effort hinges on behavior change on the part of individuals. Community-based social marketing (CBSM) has emerged as an effective approach for developing and revitalizing strategies that achieve measurable behavior change. CBSM is an evidence-based process that goes beyond knowledge and awareness raising to remove barriers, increase motivation and change behavior through the application of social science tools. The session will include case studies to demonstrate the theoretical foundations and guidance for how to apply the process in corporate, consumer and industry contexts.

Mar 31st
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Masterclass: Industry Sustainability and Establishing FDA Status for Recycled Plastics in Food Packaging

Classroom 104

Speakers

Martha Marrapese

Wiley Rein LLP

Mitzi Ng Clark

Keller and Heckman

Dr. Mark Hepp

Keller and Heckman

There is an emphasis throughout the United States and globally on increasing the uses of recycled plastic. This masterclass brings together the country’s leading experts on qualifying plastic recycling systems for producing suitably pure flake and pellets for use in food packaging applications. Options for qualifying secondary and tertiary (chemical) recycling systems will be explained for a range of feedstocks including recycled PET, HDPE, LDPE, PP, and styrene. A technical walk-through of FDA’s challenge testing will be provided. The session will wrap up with insights on what’s happening in Europe and approaches for qualifying global supply streams as suitable for U.S. packaging applications.

Mar 31st
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Masterclasses: Forest Products

Amphitheater 204

Speakers

Tom Pollock

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Shea Wales

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Brad Kelley

Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc

9:00 – 9:30 am | Including “Verified” with Recycled and Certified for 100% Sustainable Sourcing

More and more companies are expanding their definitions of 100% sustainable sources by including “verified” as part of the picture. Reasons include limited supply of recycled material and limitations of forest certification to reach certain regions and forest owners. Learn more about this Forest Products Group project and how you can use verified working with customers, stakeholders, and for your own sustainability goals.

Tom Pollock, Senior Manager Forest Products, GreenBlue and Shea Wales, Project Associate, GreenBlue


9:30 – 10:00 am | What Does the Future Look Like for Paper Recycling

There are a number of emerging trends that are going to reshape the landscape paper recycling. Artificial intelligence, robotics, the rapid growth of e-commerce. How will all these factors impact an already challenging market for recovered materials? What are the various scenarios that could play out? And how might this affect your business?

Brad Kelley, Senior Project Engineer at Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.


10:00 – 10:30 am | Sourcing Fiber for Packaging in Regions of High Risk

Sourcing wood fiber for packaging in certain regions of the world brings a unique set of challenges. In regions such as Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa there is enormous pressure and challenges for forests. And while we know it is important to source responsibly, what exactly does this mean for these regions at so much risk? What can companies do to understand this risk and potentially even have a positive influence? This masterclass will address what you need to know about sourcing overseas and how to use this knowledge for creating positive impact.

Luis Rochartre, Director, Forest Solutions Group, WBCSD

Mar 31st
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Masterclasses: Material Health

Classroom 106

Speakers

Dr. Tom Bruton

Green Science Policy Institute

Dr. Lauren Heine

Northwest Green Chemistry

9:00 – 9:30 am | Opportunities to Remove or Reduce Inadvertent PCB (iPCB) Pigments in Packaging

Inadvertent polychlorinated biphenyls (iPCBs) are created unintentionally in the synthesis of other materials and have been identified in various pigments and inks used for printing and packaging. These iPCBs end up in our water and the environment where they can negatively impact human and ecological health. Recycling materials with these pigments and inks results in concentrated effluent and additional regulatory compliance problems. Awareness of these issues is spreading as safer and more sustainable alternatives are identified. This presentation will help you understand how iPCBs are created, why iPCBs are problematic, and what you can do to improve the situation through company procurement policies, supply chain engagement, and compliance. The presentation will also provide you with a policy template and a list of questions to ask suppliers.

Dr. Lauren Heine, Senior Science Advisor, Northwest Green Chemistry


9:30 – 10:30 am | PFAS in Food Packaging: Peeling Back the Wrapper

Chemicals called PFAS have been in the news for contaminating water suppliers, but what does this have to do with compostable take-out containers and other packaging? This presentation will provide an overview of this and other key questions surrounding the use of these “forever chemicals” in food packaging. Topics will include why and how PFAS are used, human exposure and environmental concerns, analytical techniques for measuring PFAS, increasing demand for alternatives from purchasers and retailers, and the regulatory landscape. Come learn what you need to know to help your organization stay ahead of the curve on this emerging issue.

Dr. Tom Bruton, Senior Scientist, Green Policy Institute

Mar 31st
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Tour: University of Texas at Austin Campus Sustainability

ATT Hotel & Conference Center Lobby

Schedule:
8:50 am: Meet in AT&T Hotel Lobby
9:00 am: Tour Starts
11:00 am: Tour Ends back at AT& Hotel Lobby

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Mar 31st
9:00 am - 9:45 am

Tour: AT&T Back of House Tour with Hotel General Manager

Have you ever wondered how a hotel deals with all the waste that is generated in food service and preparation?  Join us for a tour of some of the key areas that impact a day in the life of sustainability at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center.  Let by the hotel General Manager, this tour will give some insights into what processes are employed, the tools that are used and the kinds of partners needed to make waste reduction a meaningful experience.  Up to 10 people may join this tour. Please wear appropriate footwear for an active back of the house setting. 

Please meet at event registration area – tour will depart at 9:00 am sharp.

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Mar 31st
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Next Markets Collaborative Led Session: The Real World Implications fo Using Recycled Content for Food Contact

Classroom 104

Speakers

Trina Matta

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Dylan de Thomas

The Recycling Partnership

Using Post Consumer Recycled Content (PCR) for food contact packaging can seem hard to do, but these three panelists do it every day. Learn about how a plastics reclaimer with an FDA
“Letter of No Objection,” which acknowledges a company’s ability to process PCR suitable for food contact, implements the technology approved under the letter and how two brands incorporate PCR resin into their packaging. This session will explore the challenges and benefits associated with using PCR for food contact.

Mar 31st
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Digital Print in Packaging and its Implications for Sustainable Packaging

Classroom 106

Speakers

Carl Joachim

ePac Flexible Packaging

Brian Healy

Kezzler

Learn how ePac Flexible Packaging; HP, Inc.; and Kezzler are working together to make our world more sustainable through the use of digital printing technology and loT software. From energy use to ozone creation, the impact of print on demand and the ability to interactively track discarded plastic packaging from the consumer all the way through to reuse, digital printing offers new answers to the sustainability problems we are faced with today.

Mar 31st
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Masterclass: Understanding the Options for Organics Recycling of Sustainable Packaging

Amphitheater 204

This masterclass will explain the options available for organic recycling of packaging and the test methods used to determine the suitability of the packaging materials being used. Just like “recyclable” encompasses a broad range of mechanical and thermal processes, biologically degradable plastics can be recycled using a variety of processes including but well beyond industrial composting. Growth in packages suitable for organics recycling will depend both upon increased availability of suitable biopolymers as well as an organic/biological recycling industry that is sufficiently equipped to mechanically and biologically convert them – while accommodating a transition period that includes inherent co-mingling with non-degradable plastics.

Mar 31st
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

General Lunch

Tejas Dining & Zlotnik Pre-function

Mar 31st
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Time to visit the Exhibits

Grand Ballroom
Mar 31st
3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Grand Ballroom

Mar 31st
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

TED Style Talk Series: Think Globally, Act Locally

Zlotnik Ballroom

Speakers

Dr. Mark Sanders

Austin Technology Incubator

Chris Ripley

Smarter Sorting

Austin is a hub for progressive thinking, bold initiatives, technology innovations and environmental trailblazers that operate both locally and on a global scale. What’s happening in Austin and how the contributions local stakeholders and organizations are making in regards to social investment; rethinking value from waste & recycled materials; startups and technology leaders working on hyper-scaling sustainable supply chains will be shared in this inspiring session.


4: 00 – 4:15 pm | Stop Going in Circles: Mapping the Circular Economy Startup Ecosystem

It takes a village to raise a successful startup. Circular Economy is a relatively new field for startup investment which represents considerable technology and market risk to investors. A network of credible vetting resources is needed to help startups find viable pathways to market and to de-risk their offering to investors. In this session, we will explore the current landscape of Circular Economy startup resources and identify the gaps needing to be filled.

Dr. Mark Sanders, Director Circular Economy, Austin Technology Incubator


4:15 – 4:30 pm | The Journey to the Future of Packaging

This presentation looks at what is driving the momentum behind sustainable packaging and how that is translating into new packaging sustainability goals and innovation. Dell will share several packaging sustainability case studies, the results of their 2020 Packaging’ Legacy of Good goals and where they are headed with their new 2030 Progress Made Real packaging goals.

Oliver Campbell, Director Procurement & Packaging Engineering, Dell Technologies


4:30 – 4:45 pm | What We Don’t Know Will Kill Us, the Data in Front of Our Eyes That We Fail to Collect 

Chris Ripley, CEO, Smarter Sorting

Mar 31st
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Opening Reception at the Blanton Museum of Art

Blanton Museum of Art

Experience the intersection of art, culture and history at our opening reception hosted by Amazon & Whole Foods at The Blanton Museum of Art! Located on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art is the primary art collection for the city of Austin. With nearly 18,000 works in the collection, the Blanton showcases art from across the ages, from ancient Greek pottery to abstract expressionism. With a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, art lovers are sure to discover new and old favorites at the Blanton.

 

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Apr 1st
6:00 am - 7:00 am

Wednesday Sunrise Yoga

Courtyard

Start your day with intention and invigoration as Ashley leads you through a yoga class where anyone is welcome – from total beginners to experienced yogis. She combines creative sequencing with thoughtful breath-work to ensure that at the end of the session everyone feels revitalized in their bodies and calm in their minds.

Ashley started practicing yoga over 13 years ago as an exploration of the flexibility-enhancing benefits. She spent several months in Bali, Indonesia and completed a 200-hr yoga and meditation teacher certification from the Santosha Yoga Institute. Her favorite part about sharing her yoga  training is that in yoga practice it does not matter how strong you are or how flexible you are, and real benefits can come from just showing up on the mat to get out of your head and bring some much-needed mental stillness to our lives.

Ashley has worked for several SPC member companies throughout her career – PepsiCo, HAVI, Amcor, and Dow.

Ashley Leidolf, Marketing Manager for Recyclable Packaging, Dow

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Apr 1st
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration and Check-In Open

Registration Area
Apr 1st
7:15 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors

Grand Ballroom

Kickstart your morning with breakfast in the Grand Ballroom where PepsiCo will be showcasing some of their food breakfast items!

Apr 1st
8:15 am - 8:40 am

Wednesday Opening Remarks

Zlotnik Ballroom

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Apr 1st
9:25 am - 10:25 am

TED Style Talk Series

Zlotnik Ballroom

Speakers

Carl Joachim

ePac Flexible Packaging

9:25 – 9:40 am | Employing New Tools to Drive Sustainability

Machine Learning to harness customer feedback reduces packaging at Amazon

Kim Houchens, Director, Amazon


9:40 – 9:55 am | Purposefully Recycling: Rethinking Traditional Systems

Many major brands now have sustainable packaging goals. But how will they meet them? Current recycling systems have limitations. When people think “recycling” and “recycled content,” their first thought is about traditional, mechanical recycling. It’s time to move out of the past and into the modern age of chemical recycling. This move requires a change to technology, transportation, and logistics systems so that the materials going to landfill — or the environment — actually get to chemical recycling facilities. Eastman’s CTO will speak about how the company is tackling these issues right now, along with the processes and materials needed to help major brands innovate packaging materials and meet sustainability goals, sharing real-world examples.

Steve Crawford, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer, Eastman Chemical Company


9:55 – 10:10 am | Digital Printing’s Role in Sustainable Packaging

Hear ePac Flexible Packaging discuss sustainability advantages available through digital printing. From energy consumption and ozone emissions to waste reduction, digital printing processes. Among the advantages that digital printing presents, is also the ability to use a digitally-based solution to bypass MURFs while rewarding brands and consumers for sustainable behavior.

Carl Joachim, ePac Flexible Packaging

Apr 1st
10:25 am - 11:00 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Grand Ballroom

Apr 1st
11:00 am - 11:45 am

Fireside Chat: Sustainable Packaging Uprising in the Fashion Industry

Zlotnik Ballroom

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Kathleen Rademan

Fashion for Good

Kate Daly

Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners

Sustainable packaging considerations have spread far and wide from the ground zero of fast-moving consumer goods, and as the movement has expanded to find relevance with nearly every product sector, there are important lessons to be learned. This session focuses on the unique perspective of the fashion and apparel industry and its special set of challenges and opportunities. Hear from several experts who are tackling sustainable packaging and learn what drives their goals, strategies, and ways of thinking.

Apr 1st
11:45 am - 12:10 pm

Technology, Forests, and Climate Change

Zlotnik Ballroom

Speakers

Charles “Hobie” Perry

US Forest Service

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.

Apr 1st
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

The 2020 Zero Deforestation Commitments

Zlotnik Ballroom

Speakers

Ignacio Gavilan

Consumer Goods Forum

The 2020 Zero Deforestation Commitments: An Update from the Consumer Goods Forum on the progress and actions towards these commitments

Apr 1st
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

General Lunch

Tejas Dining & Zlotnik Pre-function
Apr 1st
2:00 pm - 2:55 pm

Panel: Completing the Package – Inks, Adhesives and Coatings

Zlotnik Ballroom 5-6

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Tyler Matusevich

UPM Raflatac

Robert O’Boyle

Sun Chemical

Inks, adhesives and coatings play an important role in packaging: they dress, serve as vehicle to convey a message and identity, and add functionality and elements of performance for diverse applications. They also play a significant role in elevating a package’s fate in terms of recovery. An increased recyclability and a decrease in environmental impacts and material health issues are key factors taken into consideration and key stakeholders at the forefront of innovation in the space will share their latest projects as well as how they see their role as part of packaging sustainability.

Apr 1st
2:00 pm - 2:55 pm

Panel: From Farm to Shelf

Zlotnik Ballroom 1-2

Speakers

Trina Matta

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Marc Leclair

St. Johns Packaging

Jeff Scott

Kwik Lok

Larry McIntosh

Peak of the Market

Kathy Loftus

Whole Foods Market

Packaging in the produce aisle has an important job of protecting the product throughout the supply chain all the way from farms and manufacturing plants to the shelf and ultimately the consumers’ table. Most importantly, it has the huge job of preventing food waste. With recent consumer hyper awareness in used plastic packaging, this is an area where plastic packaging has come into question. In this session, we will hear from food manufacturers, packaging converters, key stakeholders and retailers on a balanced approach and on their role in deploying packaging innovations in this sector.

Apr 1st
2:00 pm - 2:55 am

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

Zlotnik Ballroom 3

Speakers

Elizabeth Biser

The Recycling Partnership

Susan Bush

Circular Matters

Apr 1st
2:00 pm - 2:55 pm

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

Zlotnik Ballroom 4

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Carlos Monreal

Plastic Energy

Jon Timbers

American Styrenics (AmSty)

Joseph Vaillancourt

Agilyx Corporation

Technologies that can transform plastic packaging back into virgin-like plastics and other upstream materials will likely need 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 a technology and new source of feedstock to make its way into the traditional plastics supply chain.

Apr 1st
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Presentations: Goal Setting

Classroom 301

Speakers

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Matthew Right

Specright

2:00 – 2:15 pm | Getting Started with Goal Setting

Has your company set packaging goals? Are you drafting goals, and want to know how to set yourself up for success? In this short introduction to goal setting, we’ll look at the specific elements of goals and how they differ from public commitments. We’ll explore some of the key motivations for creating public and internal goals, as well as regional and global goals. We’ll also share some of today’s most important regulatory and voluntary frameworks related to goal setting.

Olga Kachook, Project Manager SPC, GreenBlue


2:15 – 2:45 pm | Turning Packaging Sustainability Goals Into Reality

In response to consumer demand and regulatory trends, companies are increasingly relying on packaging departments to lead the charge on sustainability. With 86 percent of companies on the S&P 500 publishing sustainability reports in 2018, there’s pressure to define and report progress on packaging sustainability goals. However, many packaging departments don’t have the DNA-level data needed to take action. In fact, most companies still manage specifications through email, spreadsheets, or outdated systems. This results in limited visibility into sourcing for packaging departments and presents a huge hurdle for moving forward on goals like recycled or bio-based content.
In this session, you’ll learn how packaging departments can put together an actionable plan to benchmark, take action, and report on sustainability progress to turn packaging sustainability goals into reality. You’ll also learn why technology will become the new norm when it comes to achieving and reporting on sustainability goals.

Matthew Right, Founder & CEO, Specright

Apr 1st
2:30 pm - 2:55 pm

Presentation: Technology & Sustainable Pack Sourcing

Amphitheater 204

Speakers

Technology has the power to accelerate the industry’s shift to sustainable packaging. This session will focus on how digitizing the pack sourcing process can help brand owners and packaging professionals evaluate a pack’s sustainability profile, improve speed to market, and accelerate innovation around sustainability. 

Apr 1st
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Presentation: Sustainable Packaging & Brand Identity Initiative

Classroom 301

Speakers

In an effort to educate and continually push forward sustainability and its impact on consumer package goods, Quad has cowritten multiple studies to understand consumers relationship with sustainable packaging.
In the most recent and third iteration of the study, the same logo and education sheet were used, but two new variables were added; the faux products in studies one and two were swapped out for well-known national brands and a coupon was added that incentivized consumers to consider different products not in the study that highlighted sustainability.
The data from this new study will be revealed at SPC Impact in Austin, TX and will provide insight if national brand awareness and sustainability has any bearing on the consumer.

Apr 1st
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Presentation: The New Guide to Future Recyclability for How2Recycle

Zlotnik Ballroom 4-5

Speakers

Kelly Cramer

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

This presentation will provide an overview to the then-to-be-newly released Guide to Future Recyclability for How2Recycle, that outlines how How2Recycle members can think about the future recyclability of their tougher-to-recycle packages. Topics will include what to keep in mind and expect if you want your packaging to become more recyclable, what are the steps on the path to get a better How2Recycle label, and commonly encountered challenges for companies on these journeys.

Apr 1st
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Presentations: Next Markets for Films, Case Studies for End Uses

Zlotnik Ballroom 3

Speakers

Cherish Miller

Revolution

Brian Gaughan

IntegriCo

Christy Sapp

GreenMantra Technologies Ltd.

3:00 – 3:15 pm | Film to Film Recovery, Recycling and Production

With the ever increasing need to recycle more film into film based products, Revolution shares their efforts on being both a recycler and manufacturer. This presentation will outline how they have been able to do it and what the future looks like.

Cherish Miller, Revolution


3:15 – 3:30 pm | Challenges on End Use Markets for Low Value Film

In this presentation we will discuss the sources of low value film and the current challenges with recycling as well as present and future end use applications.

Brian Gaughan, IntegriCo


3:30 – 3:45 pm | Thinking Outside the Circle.. Creating Novel Materials and Bigger Markets for Post-Use Plastics Through Chemical Recycling

A single-use plastic (SUP) bag has an estimated lifespan of 12 minutes. A full circle can potentially be created by mechanically recycling that discarded plastic bag to make another film product. If successful, another 12 or 20 minutes of usefulness can be derived from the resource. The circle achieved by traditionally recycling film has stringent quality requirements and can typically be completed a limited number of times before plastic quality is diminished and insufficient for further processing. What if we could expand the useful lifespan discarded films and other discarded SUP items to 20 years instead of 20 minutes? The novel chemical recycling technology designed by GreenMantra does exactly that. This technology takes advantage of the integrity of the plastic molecule to create new high-value materials that are used as performance additives in various industrial applications. Some of the largest use cases are in construction infrastructure applications that have useful lifespans of 20-50 years.

Christy Sapp, GreenMantra Technologies Ltd.

Apr 1st
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Panel: Redefining Recycled Content with Innovative Solutions in a World of Chemical Recycling

Zlotnik Ballroom 4

Speakers

Ellen Martin

Formerly with Closed Loop Fund

Laura Thompson

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Robert Flores

Berry Global

Prapti Muhuri

American Chemistry Council

Recycled content standards need to evolve with the expansion of new technologies such as chemical recycling. We are entering an era where plastic is not always plastic and tracing materials at the molecular level adds complexity to manufacturing supply chains. In this session we will discuss innovative approaches such as GreenBlue’s Recycled Material Standard (RMS) and EMF’s recent white paper on mass balance approaches to track material flows. Attendees will get an overview of the different approaches and practical real-world application from several perspectives. Panelists will discuss the different approaches and implications for brands, packaging manufacturers, petrochemical companies, and recyclers.

Apr 1st
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Fireside Chat: The Next Generation – Challenging the status quo in the sustainable packaging industry

Amphitheater 204

Speakers

Lauren Phipps

GreenBiz

Megan Robison

Printpack

Katherine Roop

Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers

Lauren Rowell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Danielle Joseph

Closed Loop Partners

This interview-style session will be centered around the newer generation entering the sustainable packaging and packaging industries: their insights on leveraging their passion for sustainability, on how to become a change agent in your organization and the greater packaging industry and how to balance putting your ideas forward, building a network and gaining credibility as a leader in sustainable forward thinking. Panelists will also discuss how to balance personal goals with the business’ bottom line and objectives. These ideas and experiences center around being the best at what you do now, finding a champion/mentor within your organization, and being adaptable to the industry’s long term goals.

Apr 1st
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Presentation: The Top Factors When Considering Sustainable Food Packaging… Survey Says…

Zlotnik Ballroom 1-2

Speakers

Heather Goodman

Sealed Air

It’s no secret that food waste has environmental, economical, and even ethical consequences. But those costly realities have taken a backseat to a growing global concern about plastics waste. Food retailers are scrambling to meet the increasing consumer demand for more sustainable packaging, but they are struggling to find solutions that won’t increase their costs or their carbon footprint. Tough decisions need to be made, but how can retailers know they’re making the right ones? Market insight expert Heather Goodman will share recent highlights from research conducted with consumers, retailers, and food brands – all of whom have passionate opinions (and some contradicting perceptions) about food packaging. These surveys reveal which sustainability trade-offs consumers are prepared to accept, which ones are deal breakers, and which ones they are unknowingly ignoring.

Apr 1st
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Presentation: The Role of Analytics on Sustainable Packaging

Classroom 301

Speakers

Jeff Loth

Microsoft

In this session attendees will learn the role that business intelligence and data analytics to assess their entire packaging portfolio, along with production and sales data to get valuable insights to increase their projects’ impact.
Participants will leave this session with insights on:

  • How does your package perform against weight and volume efficiency metrics?
  • How much package waste is being created in your business?
  • Where are the opportunities for maximum improvements?
  • How to achieve efficiencies in material usage?
  • Which sustainable packaging strategies make the most sense for your company?
Apr 1st
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Grand Ballroom

Apr 1st
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Panel: Speeding the Growth of Advanced Recycling Technologies to Achieve Circular Supply Chains for Plastics – The Story of rPET

Zlotnik Ballroom 4-5

Speakers

Ellen Martin

Formerly with Closed Loop Fund

Ron Khan

PepsiCo

Demand for the highest quality of recycled plastics is growing as brands’ commitments to use recycled content start to hit their supply chains. This trend is clearest for PET. Significant investments are being made in decomposition technologies that have the potential to create virgin-like PET from low-grade post-consumer material. We’ll hear from a brand owner, a PET producer, and technology providers about their progress and forecast for the future of rPET, and the role that advanced technologies play among current mechanical recycling infrastructure.

Apr 1st
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Panel: Targeting the Tube

Zlotnik Ballroom 4

Speakers

Kelly Cramer

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Stacey Luddy

More Recycling

Anne Bedarf

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Kate Davenport

Eureka Recycling

Eadaoin Quinn

EFS-plastics

Sarah Dearman

The Recycling Partnership

Khosrow Hallaji

Envision Plastics

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.

Apr 1st
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Panel: Faster, Better, Easier – At the Intersection of Convenience, Sustainability and Tech in Food Delivery

Amphitheater 204

Speakers

Caroline Cox

GreenBlue

Jeff Yorzyk

HelloFresh

Lauren Ugliuzza

Amazon Kitchen

Food delivery methods have evolved, diversified and become more sophisticated, driven by consumers’ expectations, technology and accessibility. In this session panelists will share their take on sustainable innovation and how tech can help meet convenience, decrease food waste and increase recovery.

Apr 1st
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Panel: Tilting the Balance for Reusable Packaging

Zlotnik Ballroom 1-2

Speakers

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Michael Newman

Returnity Innovations

Anthony Rossi

Loop Global Holdings

Brian Bauer

Algramo

Lisa Zwack

Kroger

Lindsey Hoell

Dispatch Goods

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.

Apr 1st
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Panel: Next Markets for Film & Flexible Packaging

Zlotnik Ballroom 3

Speakers

Laura Thompson

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Alison Keane

Flexible Packaging Association

Dave McLain

Printpack

Erik Gonring

Novolex

Flexible packaging markets continue to grow across a wide range of product categories. But is the effort to recycle and find the next markets for these materials keeping up? Film and flexible packaging materials pose unique challenges. Brands love the features and benefits – consumers love the convenience– but very few Material Recovery Facilities (MRF’s) can sort or find markets for film. Join this panel session to hear how industry leaders are connecting the dots and developing sustainable solutions. Learn about sourcing strategies, the latest in technology for recyclable pouches, and new solutions using recycled content in multi-layered structures.

Apr 1st
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

The Latest Trend: Sustainability in Polybags for the Fashion and Apparel Industry

Zlotnik Ballroom 5-6

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Kathleen Rademan

Fashion for Good

Polybags are a substantial portion of apparel packaging and the most prominent instance of single-use plastic packaging within the industry, and in response, brand owners and retailers have employed a diverse set of pursuits aimed at reducing polybag usage and improving the sustainability characteristics of polybags. Yet, many are grappling with a similar set of questions. Under what circumstances can polybags be eliminated? What are the trade-offs around different materials and designs? How can we create a circular system for polybags? This session highlights a new guidance resource developed through collaboration between Fashion for Good, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and the European Outdoor Group and explores the initiatives of several companies on the forefront of developing better systems of polybag usage.

Apr 1st
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Happy Hour

Zlotnik Pre-function

Join us for some fresh air and a Happy Hour sponsored by PreZero outside in the courtyard!

 

Apr 1st
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Evening Mixer: Still Austin Distillery

Offsite

Stimulate your senses at Still Austin Distillery for an evening of whiskey tasting and small bites hosted by UPM Raflatac! Still Austin CEO/co-founder Chris Seals will give a brief talk to mixer attendees about their sustainability journey at the distillery. Still is a homegrown grain-to-glass distillery in the heart of Austin, which uses only Texas-grown grains. They are a ragtag collection of whiskey obsessives, gin enthusiasts, sustainability wonks, and good friends who nerd out about the theory of élevage and heirloom grain varieties. After distillation, they send the spent grains back to the farmers to feed their livestock and amend their soil—bringing the entire process full-circle and back to its origins. 

Transportation will be provided from AT&T Hotel & Convention center to Still Austin – the bus will leave the hotel promptly at 6:10 pm. At the end of the mixer, feel free to make your way back to the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center, or stick around and explore some of the other Austin hot spots next door! 

You may only add ONE Wednesday evening activity to your registration.

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Apr 1st
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Evening Mixer: Scholz Beer Garten

Offsite

We invite you to travel back in time at the famous Scholz Beer Garten for our mixer hosted by Quad! Scholz is the oldest restaurant and live music venue in Texas. Established in 1866, they’ve been serving the Austin community for almost a century and a half. Over the years it has grown with the Austin community, from hosting a celebration for the University of Texas football team’s first undefeated season in 1893 to being honored by the 1966 Texas legislature with House Resolution #68, which recognized Scholz Garten as “a gathering place for Texans of discernment, taste, culture, erudition, epitomizing the finest tradition of magnificent German heritage in our State.” Today Scholz Garten remains a favorite spot for UT fans, music lovers, and families to enjoy traditional German food, raise their glasses and say Prost! 

Please click “Reserve” to request a mixer pass if you would like join us at this traditional German hot spot with a Texas twist!

 

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Apr 1st
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Evening Mixer: Hotel Ella

Offsite

Join us at Hotel Ella, an Austin architectural icon, for a classic evening mixer hosted by American Chemistry Council! Located in downtown Austin and walking distance to the University of Texas campus, Hotel Ella is a stylish boutique hotel housed in the historic Goodall Wooten House, one of Austin’s original landmark estates. Constructed in 1900, the Greek revival-style mansion underwent an extensive renovation in 2013, and now offers the perfect balance between modernity and a rich history rooted in the fabric of the neighborhood and the university. Hotel Ella features beautifully designed outdoor and indoor spaces including 47 guest rooms, a cabana-lined pool, and a wrap-around veranda overlooking the front lawn. 

You may only add ONE Wednesday evening activity to your registration. 

 

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Apr 2nd
6:00 am - 7:00 am

Thursday Sunrise Yoga

Courtyard

Start your day with intention and invigoration as Ashley leads you through a yoga class where anyone is welcome – from total beginners to experienced yogis. She combines creative sequencing with thoughtful breath-work to ensure that at the end of the session everyone feels revitalized in their bodies and calm in their minds.

Ashley started practicing yoga over 13 years ago as an exploration of the flexibility-enhancing benefits. She spent several months in Bali, Indonesia and completed a 200-hr yoga and meditation teacher certification from the Santosha Yoga Institute. Her favorite part about sharing her yoga  training is that in yoga practice it does not matter how strong you are or how flexible you are, and real benefits can come from just showing up on the mat to get out of your head and bring some much-needed mental stillness to our lives.

Ashley has worked for several SPC member companies throughout her career – PepsiCo, HAVI, Amcor, and Dow.

Ashley Leidolf, Marketing Manager for Recyclable Packaging, Dow

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Apr 2nd
7:15 am - 4:00 pm

Registration and Check-In Open

Registration Area
Apr 2nd
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors

Grand Ballroom
Apr 2nd
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Panel: Finding Common Ground in Paper and Plastic

Zlotnik Ballroom 1-2

Speakers

Tom Pollock

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Jim Caudill

WestRock

Suzanne Shelton

Shelton Group

Bill Barlow

Printpack

Markku Hämäläinen

Kotkamills Oy

Viral videos, mounting consumer pressure and a growing number of local, state and international actions focused on curbing plastic pollution have positioned this sustainability trend front and center for many companies. But achieving “sustainability” is not a simple question of paper or plastic. In this session, our panelists will discuss the considerations required for plastic replacement, as well as discuss scenarios in which plastic packaging is preferred. We will build off our successful SPC Advance Panel, “Looking for the Paper Option”. Come ready to bust myths, visualize material trade-offs and participate in a lively discussion around material choice and packaging solutions.

Apr 2nd
8:30 am

The Next Frontier: Carbon and Climate Positive Packaging

Zlotnik Ballroom 4

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Heather Deeth

Lush Cosmetics

Inger Heinke

BillerudKorsnäs

Renae Kezar

Avery Dennison

Sustainable Packaging expectations, solutions and goals are evolving from concepts such as optimization, design for recyclability, renewable materials and recycled content to packaging that is designed to be net neutral or carbon positive. In this session, system changing programs will be showcased, as well as new concepts of what these forward thinking concepts mean.

Apr 2nd
8:30 am - 9:30 am

The State of Recovery in the Great State of Texas

Zlotnik Ballroom 3

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Kerry Getter

Balcones Resources

Jordan Fengel

State Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)

Shawn State

Pratt Recycling

In this session we will learn how the landscape for recycling, recovery infrastructure and organics and composting infrastructure looks like in Texas; the success stories, case studies and challenges at the state, regional and local level and what brands and retailers need to consider about their packages recovery in the region.

Apr 2nd
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Presentation: Designing Recyclable Glass Packaging

Amphitheater 204

Speakers

Laura Hennemann

Strategic Materials

Is your product packaging fully recyclable? Learn the best practices to ensure your packaging is easily recycled by consumers. Shrink wrapped versus powder coated? Glass chemistry and labeling is all covered. Understand the myths for recycling and the preferences by the processors to ensure your package is sustainable, recyclable and responsibly designed.

Apr 2nd
9:35 am - 10:30 am

Panel: Balancing Your Packaging Strategy – When Are Bioplastics the Right Materials for Your Package?

Zlotnik Ballroom 1-2

Speakers

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Tom Bowden

Plastic Suppliers, Inc.

Jeanne Cloutier

ELK Packaging

In this session we will highlight the aspects that have to be considered to determine when a bioplastic is the best materials for your package.

Apr 2nd
9:35 am - 10:30 am

Panel: Circular Systems Examples for Food Services Packaging Recovery

Zlotnik Ballroom 3

Speakers

Natha Dempsey

Foodservice Packaging Institute

Rhea Hale

WestRock

Renée Yardley

Sustana Group

Barak Bright

Clearwater Paper

In this session we will showcase examples of circular systems in food service packaging formats and materials in terms of their recovery. Speakers will share their perspectives and experiences on the opportunities and challenges when it comes to recovery considerations, such as ease of recovery, contamination, amount of material available, the importance of partnerships, consumer education and building relationships with material recovery facilities.

Apr 2nd
9:40 am - 10:30 am

Presentations: MRF Tech, Glass and Metal Recovery

Zlotnik Ballroom 4

Speakers

Laura Hennemann

Strategic Materials

9:40 – 10:00 am | The Impacts of MRF Technology on Packaging Recovery

Packaging is a primary target for recovery from the residential sector. MRD Technology is quickly advancing to aid improved recovery and provide a better understanding of the material stream. Come ot this session to get an overview of artificial intelligence and machine learning and how these advancements are positively impacting the recycling industry.

Matt Todd, Senior Consultant, RRS


10:00 – 10:30 am | Designing Recyclable Glass Packaging

Designing recyclable glass packaging Is your product packaging fully recyclable? Learn the best practices to ensure your packaging is easily recycled by consumers. Shrink wrapped versus powder coated? Glass chemistry and labeling is all covered. Understand the myths for recycling and the preferences by the processors to ensure your package is sustainable, recyclable and responsibly designed.

Laura Hennemann, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Strategic Materials

Apr 2nd
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Grand Ballroom

Apr 2nd
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Panel: Expanding Packaging Recovery on a Regional Scale

Zlotnik Ballroom 3

Speakers

Kim Holmes

4R Sustainability

Jon Timbers

American Styrenics (AmSty)

Mike Centers

Titus MRF Services

Scott A. Byrne

Carton Council North America

As new investments are being made in the domestic recycling system, it’s imperative that we find methods for better sorting and recovery of different forms of packaging to move to those emerging domestic markets. The Pacific Northwest Secondary Sorting Demonstration Project aimed to test the potential of a regional, secondary sorting model to further recover value from materials leaving material recovery facilities (MRFs), from container line residuals currently heading to landfill as well as mixed plastics, which are currently of no value or negative value in today’s market. In this session, project funders will share learnings from the project and discuss how these findings could shape the future sorting capabilities and expand the range of products recovered for recycling.

Apr 2nd
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Forests in Focus Version 1.0: Using Business Intelligence and Geo-analysis for Sustainable Sourcing

Zlotnik Ballroom 1-2

Speakers

Tom Pollock

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Forests in Focus has added a number of new features and updates to help companies better understand their regions of sourcing and find conservation opportunities in the very woodbaskets where they source. In this session we will be looking at the brand new Business Intelligence dashboard that allows powerful new insights into over 500 mills and wood baskets in the United States.

Apr 2nd
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Yes We Can! Minimizing Beverage Can Loss at the MRF

Zlotnik Ballroom 4

Speakers

Scott Breen

Can Manufacturers Association

If the consumer places a beverage can in the recycling bin and it’s hauled away to the material recovery facility (MRF), one would hope it is not at that point a beverage can is removed from the can’s existing circular system. Unfortunately, there are analyses showing between 1 in 3 and 1 in 6 beverage cans are missorted at the MRF. This could be for a variety of reasons including flattened cans getting mixed in with the paper, cans with shrink sleeve labels getting mistaken for plastic, and all cans not being separated out by an eddy current. Cans are important to appropriately sort because the aluminum in cans is able to be recycled infinitely and also because it is such a valuable material. One study found that cans made up 1% by weight of the recycling stream but 17% of the revenue for a typical MRF. With MRF revenues down around 50 percent post-China’s national sword, that revenue is critical capital MRFs need to continue operating and to invest in what is needed to capture all the cans and also accurately sort the other material types. In this session, we’ll explore how beverage cans can be designed to promote proper sortation, what MRF infrastructure would help with capturing beverage cans, and how capturing more beverage cans is in the MRF’s interest given its relatively high value.

Apr 2nd
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

Tejas Dining and Courtyard
Apr 2nd
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

2020 Protective Packaging Innovation Challenge: Finalist Presentations and Interview

Zlotnik Ballroom (All sections)

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Protective packaging is critical to ensure the safe and secure transport of goods. However, there can be significant tradeoffs between performance, economics and sustainability. The SPC’s Protective Packaging Design Challenge invited start-ups, individual or university entrepreneurs to submit their innovations in protective packaging materials and systems that embody excellence in performance as well as other sustainable packaging pillars. This is SPC’s second entrepreneurs challenge, launched in partnership with Ubuntoo. A group of finalists will be selected to join us at SPC Impact and present their winning innovations on stage to event attendees.

Apr 2nd
2:30 pm - 2:55 pm

Keynote: Shifting Producer Responsibility for Plastic Packaging Through Policy

Zlotnik Ballroom

Speakers

Recology has been in the business of collecting, sorting, and reselling discarded materials for nearly a century. The cornerstone of success in the recycling business is the ability to collect clean material to be processed, recovered, and transformed into new products. In general, taxpayers have shouldered much of the cost of recovering consumer goods, showcasing a clear preference for making second use of these materials rather than sending them to landfill. However, over the past few years, global environmental policies have identified packaging (especially single-use plastic packaging) for its role in contaminating and endangering the current recycling system, as well as polluting marine and ocean environments.
Policies and investments in recycling infrastructure are needed to effectively respond to the changing nature of the materials found in the marketplace, and producers and manufacturers of packaging materials have a big role to play. These changes will require creativity, innovation, and most importantly, cooperation.

Apr 2nd
3:55 pm - 4:10 pm

Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Event

Zlotnik Ballroom (All sections)

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

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