Rethinking Polybags in Fashion

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As the tenor surrounding plastics continues to amplify, the fashion industry has come to recognize polybags as a monolithic emblem of single-use plastic packaging that falls on their shoulders to address. Several companies have pursued bold initiatives including material substitution, implementation of collection and recycling programs, and outright elimination of polybags, while many more remain daunted by the magnitude of the challenge and the labyrinth of trade-offs surrounding each pathway to improvement. This webinar features presentation and commentary from Fashion for Good and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, who have jointly worked to bring the landscape of sustainability considerations for polybags into focus and recently shared learnings and recommendations in their white paper


photo of Adam GendellAdam Gendell
Speaker & Associate Director, SPC/GreenBlue

Adam Gendell is the Associate Director of GreenBlue’s flagship project, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Adam‘s work with the packaging value chain touches on goal-setting, design considerations, and stakeholder engagement. Adam has developed and delivered training seminars for hundreds of packaging professionals, including the Coalition’s Fall conference SPC Advance. Since joining GreenBlue in 2010 he has brought together stakeholder groups to lead work on topics ranging from life-cycle-oriented design to substantiation data for FTC-compliant recyclability claims. Most recently, Adam spearheaded a collaboration between packaging trade associations, recycling-focused NGOs, and government agencies to conduct a robust nationwide study on consumer access to recycling systems.He coordinates several Industry Leadership Committees and is a frequent speaker and writer on sustainability topics. In 2013 Adam served on the PAC NEXT Leadership Council.

 

Ashley Holding
Speaker & Innovation Manager, Fashion for Good

Dr. Ashley Holding is an Innovation Manager at Fashion for Good, where he brings his expertise on polymers, chemical recycling and plastics to lead a project looking at reducing the impact of the ubiquitous ‘Polybags’ in the Fashion Industry. He previously worked at Worn Again Technologies developing an innovative new technologies for recycling used textiles and before this, pursued his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Helsinki, where he researched new methods of making cellulose materials.

 

Tristanne Davis
Moderator & Senior Manager, SPC/GreenBlue
Tristanne Davis is a Senior Manager with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and joined GreenBlue in November 2017.  Her primary work with the SPC involves helping to shape and manage its Industry Leadership Committee initiatives, and leading the development of the SPC’s newly launched Engage event. She also works to develop and deliver content on a range of topics for the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging program, including new content and partnerships in emerging areas like eCommerce, chemical recycling, forest products and the bioeconomy. Tristanne is based in Luxembourg and is working to build relationships with SPC members based in Europe.  Tristanne received her BA in environmental economics from Skidmore College followed by several years of consulting for the US government, and a stint in Nicaragua managing an agroforestry research program with a local NGO. She recently finished a Master’s program in Industrial Ecology at Yale University and an MBA program at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Tristanne is originally from Lambertville, NJ.

 

Libby Munford
Moderator & Editor, Packaging Europe
Libby Munford is editor of Packaging Europe – the leading intelligence resource for European packaging professionals. It delivers daily news content, authoritative comment and analysis, case studies and high-profile interviews with the leading players. Packaging Europe connects early adopters, technologists and buyers across the packaging value chain with the latest innovations in technology, materials and manufacturing processes.