May 1, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020 Virtual Event

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Jun 17th
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Presentation: Designing Flexible Packaging for the Future of Recycling

Presentation Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Graham Houlder

CEFLEX and SLOOP Consulting

Design for recycling has become an imperative for CPG companies and their supply chain partners alike, and is a key component of many companies’ pledges for the environment. What may appear to be a mere R&D project at first, quickly becomes a more intricate undertaking for formats like flexible packaging for which collection and recycling programs are still developing. Increasingly, packaging designers are faced with the challenge of designing packaging today for the infrastructure of the future. This Masterclass will unpack the recycling equation is its main constituents (design, collection, end markets, and consumer participation) and zoom in on the role of forward-looking packaging design to drive positive system outcomes. The session will take a closer look at two initiatives in particular – Project Barrier and CEFLEX – and discuss their take on what makes flexible packaging desirable for recycling. 

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Jun 17th
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Presentation: What are the Solutions and What Does the System of the Future Look Like?

Presentation Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

What is the problem we are trying to solve for plastic packaging? How do we address both low recycling rates and the threat of loss of social license to continue to use plastics? How do we keep valuable materials in circulation and ensure the system will realize their value? Looking at the ASTRX framework (Applied Systems Thinking to Recycling), we can identify where certain plastics suffer losses while navigating through today’s recycling system and how it is important to  design packaging for the needs of today while also preparing for the system of the future.

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Jun 17th
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Presentation: Contextual Trends in Sustainability and Consumer Behaviour, Pre-COVID Insights from GlobeScan, Where We Left Off, and Where We May Be Headed

Presentation Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Kelly Cramer

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Eric Whan

GlobeScan

Eric Whan, Director at GlobeScan, will share relevant global opinion research and its implications for the future.

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Jun 18th
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Virtual Collaboration Roundtables

Workshops Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Charles-David Mathieu Poulin

TC Transcontinental

Megan Robison

Printpack

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Laura Thompson

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Registration for the Roundtables is now at full capacity. Register below to be added to the waitlist. You will receive an email update on your waitlist status closer to the date of the session.

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This will be an interactive session where related topics to recovery will be discussed in a small group format via Zoom Breakout sessions with the objective of how stakeholders can work together to catalyze change at scale. The goal of this session is to come up with actionable takeaways for attendees to take back to their organizations.

  • Breakout #1: How can brands and suppliers work together to create scale needed to improve recovery systems for all plastics? – Breakout Leader: Charles David Mathieu Poulin, TC Transcontinental
  • Breakout #2: How can brands and suppliers solve issues already caused around ocean plastic and get that material back? – Breakout Leader: Megan Robison, Printpack
  • Breakout #3: How can the packaging industry partner with policy-makers to scale up recovery for all plastics? – Breakout Leader: Adam Gendell, SPC
  • Breakout #4: How can the packaging industry partner with recyclers to scale up recovery of hard to recycle plastics? – Breakout Leader: Laura Thompson, SPC
  • Breakout #5: How does the value chain collaborate to grow engagement and mass adoption and implementation by consumers? – Breakout Leader: Nina Goodrich, SPC
  • Breakout #6: How can industry collaborate on universal guidelines for design? – Breakout Leader: Tristanne Davis, SPC

Notes:

Once registered please firmly plan to attend. Our goal is to make this as much like an in-person roundtable session as possible, so please come prepared to actively participate with your webcam on.

This session will not be recorded.

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Jun 18th
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fireside Chat: An Example of Meaningful Collaboration, The Circular Plastics Taskforce

Panel Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Magali Depras

TC Transcontinental

Normand Gadoury

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ)

Cynthia Shanks

Keurig Dr Pepper Canada

Rooted into a unique partnership between brand owners, packaging producers and an industry association, the Circular Plastics Taskforce (CPT) was created with a goal to optimize the plastics recycling value chain in Canada by looking at its challenges in a new light. By starting from the expected outcome – high quality recycled plastics in sufficient quantity –, the initiative aims to identify and trial the best solutions likely to create a circular economy for all plastics. The ongoing project led by the CPT is made possible thanks to the financial support of Éco Entreprises Québec and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The Circular Plastics Taskforce (CPT) was founded by Cascades, Danone Canada, Dyne-a-Pak, Keurig Dr Pepper Canada, TC Transcontinental and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).

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Jun 18th
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Panel: COVID-19 – A Canadian Perspective on Recycling Value Chain Impacts

Panel Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Laura Thompson

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Paulina Leung

Emterra Group

Jean-Sébastien Nadeau

Lac St-Jean Materials Recovery Facility

Pierre Benabidès

Lichens Recyclability

Allen Langdon

Encorp Pacific

U.S. and Canadian recycling industry are very well related. Recovered paper, cardboard and plastic are crossing the border quite often. This session is giving some insight about the recycling situation in Canada for curbside collection and deposit schemes.

Paulina Leung, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development of Emterra Group, a family-owned waste diversion and recyclables resource recovery leader in Canada, and Jean-Sébastien Nadeau, director of a municipal-owned MRF in the Lac St-Jean area in Quebec, will first give an overview on how COVID-19 has impacted collection, processing and commodities according to their realities.

Pierre Benabidès, a senior consultant at the Lichens firm, will cover the current situation and the long term anticipated impacts relative to end-markets development for Canadian post-consumer materials, with an emphasis on the North-East situation.

Allen Langdon, President and CEO of Return-It, will discuss how his organization which has over 25 years of leading extended producer responsibility performance in Canada has begun to accelerate its transition to a new kind of greener and contactless system for the collection of refundable beverage containers.

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Jun 18th
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Presentation: The Future of Store Drop-Off Recyclability

Presentation Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Sandi Childs

The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Kelly Cramer

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Kristi Hansen

Plastics Forming Enterprises

How2Recycle has completed its study on the recyclability of certain polyethylene (PE) film innovations in the Store Drop-Off stream and will share results in this session, along with announcement of new rules for How2Recycle members regarding PE film recyclability. Kelly Cramer, lead of How2Recycle, will be joined by lab partner Kristi Hansen of PFE as well as industry leader Sandi Childs, who will share APR’s new testing protocol for PE films.

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Jun 24th
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

ESP Summer Essentials: Essentials of Bioplastics

ESP Summer Essentials Series Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

The Essentials of Bioplastics explores the diverse family of bio-based and biodegradable plastics. This course covers sourcing and end-of-life considerations for bio-based and biodegradable plastics. With both recyclable and compostable bioplastics on the market, the Essentials of Bioplastics discusses strategies for communicating this complexity to consumers.

In addition, the course examines streamlined life cycle assessments to better understand the trade-offs between various environmental impact categories. It also looks into the standards and certifications that are relevant to bioplastics marketing claims. Holistically, the Essentials of Bioplastics considers how and why companies have set corporate goals around bioplastics and integrated bioplastics into packaging and product portfolios.

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Jul 22nd
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

ESP Summer Essentials: Essentials of E-commerce Packaging

ESP Summer Essentials Series Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

The Essentials of E-Commerce Packaging will introduce learners to the rapidly growing field of electronic commerce (e-commerce), focusing on sustainability considerations and implications for packaging. Beginning with a review of the broader e-commerce context, reviewing what e-commerce is, different e-commerce models, and how packaging moves throughout these different models, moving into supply chain optimization and the crucial role e-commerce packaging plays in product protection and damage prevention and finish up with examining exciting future innovations related to the use of technology and new packaging opportunities.

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Aug 19th
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

ESP Summer Essentials: Essentials of Reusable Packaging

ESP Summer Essentials Series Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Are consumers ready to transition away from single-use behaviors? What counts as reusable packaging? The Essentials of Reusable Packaging examines the exciting new space of reusable and refillable primary packaging, offering insight into how companies can experiment with various reuse models.

The course identifies key trends that are driving new corporate commitments to and experimentation with reusable and refillable packaging. The course outlines the important environmental considerations behind switching to reusable packaging. Key life cycle analysis principles of switching from a single-use, lighter-weight material to heavier-weight durable packaging are examined. This course dives into what makes for successful reuse and refill programs, such as pricing and deposits, incentives, reverse logistics, health codes, and sanitization. On the whole, the Essentials of Reusable Packaging shares numerous case studies of product innovations, new business models, and startups creating new reusable packaging solutions.

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