2021 Conference Agenda

Eliminating Plastic Waste

Retail & Consumer Goods Packaging

Eliminating Plastic Waste

Day1: November 10, 2021

Opening Plenary and Keynote Session
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

9:00 am (CET)

Plastics, circular economy and Europe’s environment – a priority for action
Lars Mortensen
EEA Expert - Circular Economy, Consumption and Production
European Environment Agency,
Plastics play an essential role in modern society, but also lead to significant impacts on the environment and climate. Reducing such impacts while retaining the usefulness of plastics requires a shift towards a more circular and sustainable plastics system. This talk tells the story of plastics, and their effect on the environment and climate, and looks at their place in a European circular economy. It is based on the report of the European Environment Agency (EEA): Plastics, the circular economy and Europe′s environment — European Environment Agency (europa.eu). The talk also tells the story about how COVID19 has changed amounts of single use plastics in Europe, in particular face masks and gloves, as well as plastic packaging for take-away and online shopping, based on an EEA briefing: Impacts of COVID-19 on single-use plastic in Europe’s environment — European Environment Agency (europa.eu).
 

9:25 am (CET)

It’s 2021 and what’s really going on? Joining the plastic dots to accelerate real change
Siân Sutherland
Co-Founder
A Plastic Planet
This presentation will explore the connection of plastic to the climate crisis with a snapshot of plastic progress, innovations, health science, corporate risk and smokescreens.
 

9:50 am (CET)

Panel Discussion: Accelerating a circular plastics economy through partnerships
Kristin Hughes
Director of the Global Plastic Action Partnership and Member of the Executive Committee
World Economic Forum
The dramatic increase in global plastic waste and pollution has become one of the greatest environmental crises of our time, with around eight million tons of plastic waste leaking into the ocean every year. By assembling a diverse and influential coalition of allies dedicated to addressing this challenge, the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) has forged a powerful multi-stakeholder platform to accelerate impact at both the global and national levels. Kristin will reveal more about how GPAP is harnessing the convening power of the World Economic Forum to form impactful partnerships, create alignment among diverse initiatives, and guide an inclusive transition towards a circular economy for plastics.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

European plastic policies: state-of-play
Werner Bosmans
Directorate General Environment
European Commission
Challenges linked to the production, consumption and end-of-life of plastics can be turned into an opportunity for the European Union and the competitiveness of the European industry. Tackling them through an ambitious strategic vision, covering the entire value chain, can spur growth, jobs and innovation. It can also reaffirm European leadership in global solutions and help us make the transition towards a low-carbon and circular economy, while providing citizens with a cleaner, safer environment.
 

11:10 am (CET)

The Basel Convention Amendment on Plastic Waste and its relevance to industry
Rolph Payet
Secretariat
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
During the Basel Conference of the Parties in April/May 2019, governments amended the Basel Convention to include plastic waste in a legally binding framework to make global trade in plastic waste more transparent and better regulated, while also ensuring that its management is safer for human health and the environment. At the same time, a new Partnership on Plastic Waste was established to mobilize business, government, academic and civil society resources, interests and expertise to assist in implementing the new measures, to provide a set of practical supports – including tools, best practices, technical and financial assistance. Dr Payet will reveal the latest in regard to the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments.
 

11:35 am (CET)

The Current State and Future of Plastic Taxes
Victor Bell
US Managing Director
Lorax EPI
There is a growing movement around the world to tax plastic packaging, whether it be to fill budget gaps left by COVID-19 or to bolster infrastructure for recycling. Plastic taxes have already been passed in many places, including the UK, Italy and the EU, and are being proposed around the globe at national and regional levels. Taxes are based on different policies in each country, such as recycled content or amounts recycled, and can have a major impact on cost of goods for many packaging systems. As part of our presentation, Lorax EPI will give examples of what these taxes may cost brand owners and provide a global update on current statuses of various plastic taxes under development.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

Panel discussion: Taxes, bans and producer responsibility - what is the right policy measure for improving plastic outcomes?
David Newman
Managing Director
BBIA
Robbie Staniforth
Head of Policy
Ecosurety
Victor Bell
US Managing Director
Lorax EPI
Berry Wiersum
Head of Regulatory Affairs
Sappi Europe
Werner Bosmans
Directorate General Environment
European Commission
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
Technologies & Solutions Directly Eliminating Plastic
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)

1:30 pm (CET)

Growing consumer demand for plastic reduction
Jeremy Schwartz
Chairman of The Board
Kantar

1:55 pm (CET)

Smart Design for Sustainable and Circular Solutions
Jonathan Demierre
Team Section Lead - Circular and Sustainable Product Engineering
Helbling
How products and systems are designed is key to address sustainability challenges, such as climate change, plastic waste, loss of biodiversity, or resource depletion. Using life cycle thinking and a holistic approach is key to minimize the environmental impact of the products that we use every day. The design of sustainable products is a multi-criteria and multi-parameter optimization in which many aspects needs to be considered such as the targeted markets and consumers, the manufacturing process, and the product end-of-life. A few practical examples will illustrate how a sustainable and circular design approach can make the difference.
Networking Session -
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm (CET)
 

3:15 pm (CET)

Replacing synthetic fibres through open innovation and flexible technology: How we develop functional cellulose fibre solutions for high-performance applications
Ilka Kaczmarek
Innovation Manager
Kelheim Fibres GmbH
Our vision is to use our cellulosic fibres to enable the production of fully biodegradable solutions with performance comparable to products containing synthetic fibres. Fields of applications where the replacement of synthetic fibres can be achieved thanks to our innovative solutions include disposable Hygiene products (Femcare, Adultcare, Babycare, (flushable) wipes), functionalized textiles, reusable Hygiene Products (e.g. period panties).

3:40 pm (CET)

Technological options to make Plastics Circular
Dr Christian Haessler
SVP & Head of Circular Economy Program
Covestro
Christian will give a presentation on technolgical Options to make palstics circular. in thsi respect, the well established way of chemcia Recycling pkays an important role and the Technology Needs to be further developed, including the collecting, sorting and seperating of plastic waste so that the amount of mechnical recycled plastic can be increased.

4:05 pm (CET)

Sustainable Masterbatch Solutions for Plastic Converters
Omri Mazar
Product Manager
Tosaf Group
Tosaf has made it a priority to find more sustainable practices in Plastics Manufacturing. I would like to elaborate on four different segments and present solutions in each of the segments: • Recycle enablers – solutions that ease processing of recycled raw materials and improve it properties and performance. • Recyclable solutions – various high-performance additive and color solutions that do not compromise full recyclability. • Solutions for the biodegradable and bio-compostable polymer systems • Efficiency boosters – indirect solution to reduce overall raw material, energy, time, and labor demand.

4:30 pm (CET)

Panel Discussion: From “Plastic Oceans” to “Plastic Waste Free Oceans” by 2050! How can we get from the old crime story to a new reality?
Henrik Langholf
Zukunftsmoderator/Future Facilitator
Zukunftsmoderation
Marko Kärkkäinen
Chief Commercial Officer - Global
Clewat Inc.
The global movement for a smart use of (no) plastic is one of the most fascinating and successful happenings towards more sustainability. Where ever you go, consumers are reducing their plastic foot print, companies are developing material innovations, communities are optimizing their recycling systems, national and international networks are researching on new standards for the circular economy, governments are setting new frames through objectives and laws.

Day2: November 11, 2021

Multi-faceted Tools for Establishing Plastic's Footprint and Transparency of the Supply Chain
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

9:00 am (CET)

To be announced
Alexander Dilnot-Smith
COO
Ellipsis Earth
 

9:25 am (CET)

Toolbox to evaluate the biodegradation of plastic materials in the open environment
Dr Miriam Weber
Managing director
HYDRA Marine Sciences GmbH
Biodegradable plastic materials are increasingly being discussed as an alternative for conventional non-biodegradable plastic and as a mitigation strategy against plastic pollution, especially for items with an intentional input (e.g. seed coating, etc.), with a high potential of loss (e.g. mulch film, etc.) and where loss is intrinsic to use (e.g. abrasion of aquaculture nets, textiles, tiers, etc.). The question for society is how to deal with biodegradable plastic known to end up in the open environment. We present options for biodegradation testing schemes showing several scenarios. They are based on the delicate balance of either high informative value and decreased costs.
 

9:50 am (CET)

Giving new life to old mattresses
Marie Buy
EMEAI Sustainability Leader
Dow Polyurethanes
In Europe each year around 30 million mattresses are discarded and currently most of this bulky waste-stream (~60%) ends up in landfills, the remainder being incinerated to produce heat and electricity. At present, waste-to-energy is the preferred technology for the treatment of end-of-life polyurethane (PU) foam. However, incineration is a source of CO2 and a waste of valuable resources. Recycling PU foams and building a recycling supply chain poses unique challenges. Today, markets for products from mechanical recycling have been developed but are of low-value, while the market size is small and in decline. Therefore, alternative solutions for discarded mattresses, such as, chemical recycling and consequently creating a market for recovered raw materials (polyols) with recycled content, needed to be developed. To address this challenge, the award-winning RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program aims to reduce this mountain of waste by giving polyurethane (PU) foam from end-of-life mattresses a new life. The program will take discarded mattress foam and turn it back into raw material (polyols) through chemical recycling, the process of converting waste into feedstock. The new raw material will then be used in flexible or rigid foam products to go into applications such as building insulation boards and even new mattresses. While converting PU foams to polyols is not new, it has never been implemented for post-consumer waste bringing new technology challenges and complexity of collection and dismantling. At Dow, we believe our materials need to be as valuable at the end of their life as they are at the start—and we're addressing the challenge of discarded mattresses head-on. To tackle the problems of mattress waste, we needed to create a way to close the loop on the polyurethane foams they're made with. While converting PU foams to polyols is not new, it has never been implemented for post-consumer waste bringing new technology challenges and complexity of collection and dismantling. For example, in most countries, there is an absence of adequate waste collection facilities that prevents any stable sourcing for chemical recycling. And, the downstream market for such polyols is limited. In order to drive significant market impact, Dow adopted a ‘collaboration approach’ with industry partners across the value chain. From the cooperation in 2017 with equipment producer and processing specialist H&S Anlagentechnik, to selecting the plant operator – Orrion Chemicals Orgaform in May 2020 in France, Dow has been actively seeking out key partnerships to pioneer a model of true circularity for recycled polyols. These efforts were further strengthened by Dow joining forces with French EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) firm, Eco-mobilier, for supply of polyurethane foam from post-consumer mattresses to the recycling unit. In October 2020, Dow took one step further in this journey by announcing a collaboration with the Vita Group, Europe’s leading flexible polyurethane foam solutions provider, to produce flexible polyurethane (PU) foams made with RENUVA™ polyols. And it is expected that before the Plastic Free World Conference, more collaborations will be announced. We would like to discuss during the next Plastic Free World Conference about HOW Dow and its partners are making mattress recycling a reality. This is not a concept, idea or lab-scale operation. This is a reality. During the talk, we would offer to have a unique look into the plant construction in Semoy, France, which at capacity, will recycle PU foam of up to 200,000 mattresses annually. Unlike the incineration process currently used, the RENUVA™ polyols produced from waste mattresses will have approximately 30% lower carbon footprint compare to a virgin polyol produced, according to a preliminary internal Life Cycle Assessment. As such, landfills are reduced, incineration avoided, the carbon footprint of the industry is improved, and business value is generated. The plant construction is currently underway and is expected to be operational during 2nd half of 2021. And, we consider the RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program to just be the beginning. By demonstrating that polyurethanes can be recycled when the right eco-system exists, we hope to stimulate the entire PU industry and create more demand for a process that could then be extended to other markets.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

Digimarc Barcode on plastic packaging solution creates societal value - we have calculated it
Caterina Camerani
Vice President Sustainability
PACCOR Group
The Digimarc Barcode innovation, introduced on the surface of plastic packaging by PACCOR, enables the correct identification of each package throughout the value chain to consumers and disposal companies, allowing for a proper recover of the material.
 

11:10 am (CET)

Underpinning ESG claims with traceability
Douglas Johnson-Poensgen
Founder & CEO
Circulor
 

11:35 am (CET)

Moving towards sustainable and transparent supply chains through certification
Hanna Buck
Program Manager & Sustainability Expert
Control Union
Is your business taking responsibility for its plastics impact? Do you have a robust process in place to back up your claims around plastics? With pressure to reduce plastic usage coming from both consumers and governments, a certification against a trusted plastics standard is of great value to businesses. Now more than ever companies need to prove the ways in which they are recycling, cutting the use of plastic and adopting alternative, compostable, materials through a credible certification process. This presentation will give an insight into which plastic-related certifications are available, the benefits of having a certification and basic procedures of certifications to move towards more sustainable and transparent supply chains.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: SEALIVE (Strategies of circular Economy and Advanced bio-based solutions to keep our Lands and seas alIVE from plastics contamination)
Miriam Gallur
Materials and Packaging Area Manager at ITENE
ITENE
Decoupling plastic production from fossil feed-stock and creating a circular plastics economy are essential to achieving European Union climate, energy and sustainability goals. Approximately 12 million tons of plastic waste ends up in our oceans and contaminates our land every year. While there has been a recent shift toward the use of bio-based plastics, these materials have limitations and are not easy to recycle using current technologies. SEALIVE will address all these challenges with a vision to to reduce plastic waste and contamination on land and in seas by boosting the use of biomaterials and contributing to the circular economy with cohesive bio-plastic strategies.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
End-of-life Options for Plastic and Valorising Waste
1:30 am - 5:00 pm (CET)

1:30 pm (CET)

Innovative financing mechanisms: Plastic credits for inclusive & transparent circularity
Ina Ballik
Manager Value Credits
Yunus Environment Hub
Daniela Albuquerque
Marketing Coordinator
BVRio
There is a growing movement towards increasing plastic recycling rates, in particular by consumer goods companies who are facing intense pressure to reduce the environmental impact of their waste packaging. A variety of measures are being explored, including reduction of packaging, increasing recycled and recyclable content of packaging, the use of biodegradable material, packaging returning schemes, etc.

1:55 pm (CET)

The Circularity entire circularity solution of PET
Christian Crépet
Executive Director
PETCORE Europe
Presentation Description: 1-PET is safe and sound 2- Refill at home, on the go and through bottle crates recognition within a RDS. 3- Re-use through compaction with RVM ( reverse vending machines) through a RDS. 4- Mechanical Recycling 5- Chemical recycling by depolymerization. 6- CO2 performances.

2:20 pm (CET)

Plastic Bank Recycling Ecosystems, powered by Blockchain
Shaun Frankson
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Plastic Bank
Plastic Bank® empowers the regenerative society. We are helping the world stop ocean plastic while improving the lives of collector communities. Plastic Bank builds ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities and reprocesses the materials for reintroduction into the global manufacturing supply chain. Collectors receive a premium for the materials they collect which helps them provide basic family necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition, and health insurance. Plastic Bank’s certified blockchain platform secures the entire transaction and provides real-time data visualization – allowing for transparency, traceability, and rapid scalability. The collected material is reborn as Social Plastic® which can be easily reintegrated into products and packaging as part of a closed-loop supply chain. Plastic Bank currently operates in Haiti, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Egypt. The Plastic Bank blockchain platform ensures a complete audit trail of every transaction and exchange - from the initial point of collection through to the reintroduction of Social Plastic® product on the retail shelf. Our proprietary platform secures transactions and provides real-time data visualization - allowing for transparency, traceability, and rapid scalability at every step of the closed-loop supply chain. The Plastic Bank App maintains all operations from a global standpoint. Developed with IBM, the Plastic Bank App utilizes blockchain technology to ensure all plastic is ethically collected, reprocessed by partner processors, and sold to Plastic Bank partner clients. For the collector, the App provides a fair, reliable and transparent payment system while validating the identity of all members. For our partners, the App ensures a complete audit trail of every transaction and exchange - from the initial point of collection through to the reintroduction of Social Plastic® product on the retail shelf. Using the blockchain technology, Plastic Bank offers real-time data visualization and dashboards. With over 100,000 transactions processed, the Plastic Bank App offers access to a secure supply chain of recycled Social Plastic® feedstock, while storing authentic impact data and demonstrating environmental, social, and economic impact for brand partners. Plastic Bank’s breakthrough, closed-loop recycling model allows the company to rapidly scale and enter new geographies. Recycling ecosystems are vertically integrated, ensuring that all stakeholders benefit at every step in the supply value chain. By working with local collection branches and processing partners, Plastic Bank is able to quickly gain the trust of communities and seamlessly establish operations that directly impact the lives of collectors and their families. Plastic Bank collectors receive premiums for the materials they collect. When collectors deposit plastic waste, their digital ID is scanned, Plastic is sorted and weighed by material and colour, and then collectors receive market price for plastic and premiums that are automatically deposited into their digital bank account. This helps over 22,000 collectors worldwide provide basic family necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition, and health insurance. The material collected in Plastic Bank’s closed-loop recycling ecosystems are reprocessed and reborn as Social Plastic® to be reintroduced into the supply chain for the creation of new products and packaging materials. Global brand partners including Henkel, SC Johnson, Advansa, Carton Pack, and Hugo Boss. By integrating Social Plastic® back into the supply chain, these brands are building a regenerative plastic economy that is stopping ocean plastic and improving the lives of collector communities. Social Plastic® is regenerating ocean-bound plastic into environmental, social, and economic impact.
Networking Session -
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm (CET)
 

3:15 pm (CET)

Plastic waste into pure products - the next generation of chemical recycling
Daria Frączak
R&D Manager
Clariter
Awareness of the global plastic waste issue has grown in recent years resulting in many regulatory and voluntary initiatives. The COVID-19 pandemic showed the importance of polymers as valuable materials that are very hard to substitute. Chemical recycling is a plastic waste treatment process complementary to mechanical recycling. Clariter offers this next generation, unique and complex technology that transforms plastic waste into high-quality, pure and ready-to-market products that are not blended with petrochemical streams, so come 100% from recycling. Clariter’s aliphatic solvents, white oils and paraffin waxes fulfil the highest industry standards and can be used directly in many applications.

3:40 pm (CET)

Increasing the uptake of recycled materials by businesses - A review of barriers, enablers and circular business models
Malou van der Vegt
Researcher and lecturer circular economy
University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
The presentation will cover the various barriers and enablers for recycling (for the total plastic industry and all types of products). The aim is to provide practical insights into the current situation in industry and to provide an overview of the barriers and enablers for the uptake of recycled plastics by businesses and other actors along the value chain. Findings are based on the outcomes from several workshops done in the Netherlands, Germany, of the United Kingdom and Belgium, as part of the Interreg project TRANSFORM-CE. Throughout the presentation, practical examples of circular business models will be given, with lots of inspiration to stimulate the uptake of recycling by businesses. Such examples will have a direct link to the outlined barriers and enablers. In summary, the barriers and enablers for recycling and the practical examples from industry will allow others to determine the steps that are needed to increase the uptake of recycled materials by businesses.

4:05 pm (CET)

Connecting the dots: How Circularity of Plastics will get us to Climate Neutrality
Tara Nitz
Global Positioning & Advocacy Circular Economy
Covestro
The aim to become Fully Circular at Covestro is closely interlinked with the Goal set also by the Paris Agreement, the European Union and in many more jurisdictions to become climate neutral. Circularity is playing an indispensible role to reach this Goal. The more we circulate carbon in products through a Circular Economy, mechanical and chemical Recycling and the use of alternative raw materails instead of fossil raw materials, the more emissions we avoid and by closing the carbon Loop are getting closer to climate neutrality. Making pastics circular reduces not only the Plastics footprint but also the scope 3 footprint of end and consumer products, therby contributing to climate neutrality throughout the value cycle. I will aim to contribute to the discussion by highlighting those connections and the preferred policy options to build a climate-neutral CE for Plastics.

4:30 pm (CET)

Panel Discussion: Innovative financing mechanisms: Plastic credits for inclusive & transparent circularity
Ina Ballik
Manager Value Credits
Yunus Environment Hub
Daniela Albuquerque
Marketing Coordinator
BVRio
There is a growing movement towards increasing plastic recycling rates, in particular by consumer goods companies who are facing intense pressure to reduce the environmental impact of their waste packaging. A variety of measures are being explored, including reduction of packaging, increasing recycled and recyclable content of packaging, the use of biodegradable material, packaging returning schemes, etc.

Retail & Consumer Goods Packaging

Day1: November 10, 2021

Keynote Session
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

9:00 am (CET)

Extended Producer Responsibility, Circular Economy, Market Access Service in Europe, Waste compliance, Recycling
Thomas Fischer
Head of Market Intelligence & Governmental Affairs
Landbell AG
 

9:25 am (CET)

Extended producers responsibility for packaging - a plastic perspective on modulated fees
Robbie Staniforth
Head of Policy
Ecosurety
 

9:50 am (CET)

Using data to accelerate success in a world becoming less reliant on plastics
David Harding-Brown
CEO
EcoVeritas
The world today has a heightened focus on the impact of packaging, particularly plastic packaging, and the need to reduce ocean pollution and promote a circular economy. Our presentation will look at the current legislative landscape, the constantly evolving requirement to meet global legislative obligations across markets and the mitigation of the impact of packaging from a legal, value chain and supply chain perspective​. ecoVeritas has provided businesses with effective solutions along their entire supply chain. This presentation will demonstrate the commercial benefits that collecting and analysing accurate packaging and sustainability data, in line with future legislative requirements, brings to businesses, along with exploring the value of data transparency and optimisation solutions upstream to reduce cost and environmental impact​.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

Disrupting the publishing industry with sustainability and technology
Martina Bonnier
Editor in Chief,
Vogue Scandinavia
David Ekberg
Executive Vice President, Packaging Solutions Division
Stora Enso
Vogue Scandinavia is disrupting the publishing industry in many ways and aim to become the most modern magazine and a sustainability leader in the industry. To achieve these goals, Vogue Scandinavia formed a strategic partnership with Stora Enso. In Plastic Free World Conference, Vogue Scandinavia and Stora Enso will share how they are creating eco-friendly fashion media together.
 

11:10 am (CET)

Moving forward with new, scalable solutions
Jürgen Dornheim
Director Corporate Packaging Sustainability & Innovation
Procter & Gamble
Major global brand owners are facing a variety of challenges in the context of sustainability and their individual environmental footprints. Procter & Gamble is developing products according to the latest findings regarding environmental compatibility, taking into account the changing expectations of customers, and ultimately also meeting the various legal requirements worldwide. Procter & Gamble will give an insight into areas in which the future for today’s customers and future generations is being shaped.
 

11:35 am (CET)

The Beauty of Circularity-COTY’s closed-loop cradle-to-cradle transport packaging system
Volker Maier
Global Luxury Engineering Leader and Engineering Director
COTY,
A global beauty company and member of the Ellen MacArthur “Circular Economy 100 Network”,COTY will share their experience with a circular innovation project at their bottling plant in Cologne (Germany), which combines the use of secondary organic feedstock and digital technology within a closed-loop system. Their highly scalable pilot project substantiatesthe business case for a cradle-to-cradle (C2C) approach for industrial transport packaging. It turned out to be an engine for innovation, collaboration, and growth for all partners in the C2C value cycle. In addition to listed benefits backed-up by production data, COTY will illustrate the scaling potential across different supply chains, industries and regions
 

12:00 pm (CET)

Panel Discussion: Collaboration within supply chains
Graeme Smith
Head of Product Sustainability for Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials
Mondi
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
Elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging
1:30 am - 5:00 pm (CET)

1:30 pm (CET)

How does packaging sustainability influence consumers’ perception of a product, and how can this be positively shaped by involving packaging designers at an early stage?
Claudia Rivinius
Marketing Director
STI Group
Packaging is the first touchpoint for a product and therefore significantly impacts product perception. This presentation will explain which aspects of packaging development to take into account, how packaging can be made more sustainable, and what the supply chain considerations are, from cradle to cradle. It will also explain how to sustainably inspire shoppers at the POS, how to make your POS presence more sustainable, how to credibly communicate your ecological commitment at the POS, how to set up a display in just a few seconds and save not only time but also CO2, and how Alpro convinces retailers with its climate-neutral display.

1:55 pm (CET)

Building sustainable plastic-free brands
Lorenz von Seherr
Geschäftsführer
PlantBase GmbH
(Almost) anyone can sell natural cosmetics. Being truly sustainable and still developing innovative and helpful products, on the other hand, is not so easy. PlantBase has turned the cosmetics world upside down. The combination of innovative, plastic-free products and packaging and dealing with new digital challenges at the same time was the decisive success factor for PlantBase. Why it is becoming increasingly important to combine sustainable ideas with thoughtful strategic thinking?

2:20 pm (CET)

Get Onboard: Reduce. Reuse. Rethink
Jo Rowan
Associate Director - Strategy
PriestmanGoode
Networking Session -
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm (CET)
 

3:15 pm (CET)

The rise of reusables: understanding the impact and mapping the path to scale
Kathleen Rademan
Director Innovation Platform
Fashion for Good
This session will give an overview of the different reusable systems and their potential within the fashion e-commerce sector. It will then dive into a nuanced impact analysis of reusable packaging versus single-use packaging, accounting for key variables that may influence its impact, such as the return rate, type of single-use packaging used and distance traveled. The discussion will be capped off by key recommendations and considerations for implementation, shaped by industry-specific case-study examples.

3:40 pm (CET)

Eliminating plastic from consumer packaging
Thomas Marinelli
Head of Sustainable Design & Products
Signify
Signify actively strives for a reduction of the environmental impact of its products and has now started eliminating all plastics from packaging for consumer-related products with the aim to be plastic-free in 2021. In Q3 2020 the new plastic-free packaging for LED lamps launched in Europe, removing over 500 metric tonnes of plastic waste per year. In total, the move to plastic-free consumer packaging will avoid the use of over 2.5 million kilos of plastic annually. In this presentation, we will share our approach, successes and struggles to find alternative materials and packaging redesign.

4:05 pm (CET)

Adapting the supply and demand on rPET by rethinking and weight lighting of plastic bottles using an artificial intelligence platform
Dr Katharina Eissing
CEO
Digimind
With the commitment of major companies to a circular plastic economy, the demand for rPET has doubled to 1.1 billion pounds in 2021 while the actual production is just 333 million pounds. There is a huge opportunity to redesign and reduce the weight of the packaging without affecting the performance, thus addressing the rPET supply shortage. New technologies such as digital twin and AI are capable of solving this challenge.

4:30 pm (CET)

Panel Discussion: FibreTech2.0 -Emulation of food-grade plastic packaging formats at scale
Michael Laermann
Managing Director
Reason & Rhyme
Volker Maier
Global Luxury Engineering Leader and Engineering Director
COTY,
Tahsin Dag
CEO
Papacks
Timo Porsch
CEO
Periplast
Panelists from three different industries (food, beauty, packaging) discuss their experience with fibre-basedmaterialsfrom secondary feedstock combined with organic barrier coatings and modern injection molding techniques to replace conventional plastic packagingby new formats that are recyclable, compostable, andcertified food-safe. Their showcase will feature the emulation of plastic transport trays, cosmetic cream jars, and coffee capsules made from aluminium

Day2: November 11, 2021

Achieving 100% of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable, or compostable
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

9:00 am (CET)

New sustainable food contact materials & Global regulatory & compliance Challenges
Marco Scialpi
Food Contact Material Global Business Development Manager & FCM Senior Expert
TÜV International GmbH
The presentation will provide an overview of international FCM legislation, TUVR product testing and DINCERTCO certification scheme requirements for sustainable products (biobased, biodegradable, compostable and recyclable materials) and related migration safety challenges.
 

9:25 am (CET)

Sustainable packaging as a matter of willpower, not of legislation - Best practice of successful European retailers
Georg Raffael Spindler
Manager Speciality Applications & Analytics
Lenzing AG
The presentation will explain how Lenzing and PACKNATUR joined forces to shake up the way we pack fresh fruits and vegetables, and how retailers have benefited from showing the will to change. LENZING for Packaging surrounds food and other goods in naturally durable and biodegradable fibers that are of botanic origin and certified safe for food contact. Sustainably produced and fully compostable after use, LENZING cellulosic fibers are suitable for a varied range of packaging applications, from single-use botanic nets to reusable bags. In close cooperation with producers, Lenzing AG has developed environmentally sustainable single-use nets and reusable bags for fruits and vegetables made from LENZING Modal fibers of botanic origin and certified as compliant with recognized safety standards for food contact. Responsibly produced in line with Lenzing’s commitment to sustainability, these vibrantly colored nets are becoming increasingly popular as a compostable substitute for plastic bags and nets that are derived from non-renewable sources and contribute to the pollution of the environment.
 

9:50 am (CET)

The Future for Flexible Packaging / Eliminating Plastic Packaging Waste with Circular Solutions
Betül Türel Erbay
Sustainability & Business Development Director
Elif Packaging
Our packaging is part of the solution to future challenges. However, one of the biggest challenges for sustainability so far is the various processes of collecting and sorting the packaging waste and how to include them in the cycle in order to create a real circular economy. The appreciated model for the global economy is changing and developing from a linear to a circular economy. Therefore, the whole supply chain should be aligned with the standardization of recycling processes both nationally and internationally.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

Made with purpose, not plastic! Our story on how we achieved the successful creation of a mass-produced paper bottle that could effectively eliminate the need for single-use plastic bottles in the supply chain.
David MacDonald
Business Owner
Cullen Eco-Friendly Packaging
This presentation summarises the real-life manufacturing challenges and hurdles faced by our team during our journey to create a mass market paper bottle. We will discuss the application of new technology, and detail the various steps taken that resulted in an innovative, patent pending solution that will significantly reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles in the supply chain.
 

11:10 am (CET)

There’s no single route to sustainability, it’s about finding the best one for our customers and the environment.
Graeme Smith
Head of Product Sustainability for Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials
Mondi
Mondi’s customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions, supports customers to achieve their sustainability goals and commitments in a fact-based manner that benefits end consumers and the planet. Mondi is uniquely positioned to provide customers with paper and packaging that is fit for purpose using paper where possible, plastic when useful. To ensure our products are sustainable by design, all our activities are based around three actions: replace, reduce, recycle. 1) Replacing packaging and materials with solutions that take product requirements and sustainability into account. 2) Reducing overall environmental footprint and the volume of raw material used through design, operational efficiency and raw material choices. 3) Designing packaging and materials that are optimized for recycling. How do we identify the most sustainable solution for our customers? We follow the five-steps process. 1) Challenge: How can we become more sustainable? Make packaging reusable, recyclable, biodegradable? Reduce total carbon footprint? Optimize the supply chain? We challenge and identify the objectives with our customers. 2) Analyze: All touchpoints in a product lifecycle can have an impact, such as technical requirements, supply chain, end-consumer expectations, legislation, geography, waste management and recycling. 3) Identify: We identify the areas where the packaging can have an impact and design solutions according to our sustainable product criteria. 4) Demonstrate: We join forces with internal and external application centers and certification bodies to verify that sustainable impacts have been achieved. 5) Review: A product currently reviewed as sustainable may be viewed differently tomorrow. Legislation changes, technological breakthroughs happen – we review our solutions and create packaging that is sustainable by design today and tomorrow. With our ever-changing marketplace, customer demands, health and hygiene risks, the need for an agile, sustainable business that works with stakeholders to be fully sustainable is no longer an ask, it is a must. In this presentation we will talk about how our sustainability approach successfully transitions to a new norm of sustainable products in a global environment where the demands are the new standard that needs to be achieved. We will tell our story, backed up with collaborations with major FMCGs, retailers, NGOs (EMF), recyclers and other knowledge partners. There is no single route to sustainability, the silver bullet doesn’t exist – we believe in a collaborative approach supported by facts and figures.
 

11:35 am (CET)

Concerted Efforts in Unlocking Circularity
Dr Julien Renvoise
Global Circularity Manager, Plastics
Trinseo
The presentation will discuss proven closed-loop recycling technologies for food packaging. Plastic packaging materials and waste face increasingly stringent sustainability targets on a global basis. To realize the vision of a circular economy, chemical recycling plays a vital role in decreasing fossil resource depletion and plastic waste as a whole. The presentation will cover chemical recycling technology, among others, to illustrate the infinite recyclability of polystyrene. It is a technology that unlocks circularity and helps create a truly sustainable future for food contact applications. The transition to a circular economy requires the concerted efforts of the whole value chain. The styrenics value chain has a particularly large role because of such technology and polystyrene’s unique properties.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

Panel Discussion: EPR as sustainable model to ensure proper treatment of plastic packaging (Panellists to be announced)
Joachim Quoden
Managing Director / Lawyer
EXPRA - Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance
Nicole Bendsen
Secretariat of the PREVENT Waste Alliance
GIZ
Gunilla Carlsson
Board Member
ISWA International Solid Waste Association
This session will explain the principles of extended producer responsible and respective EPR systems that can ensure the proper treatment of (plastic) packaging so that only a few plastics leak into the environment. This is achieved by establishing and running sustainable and efficient collection, sorting and recycling systems with accompanying communication and awareness campaigns backed up by anti-litter initiatives and support for companies to design their packaging in a sustainable way, leading to drastically less landfill and litter. The principles will be demonstrated by best practices from the field, meaning the work of various EPR systems in Europe and abroad.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
Reuse ‘refill’ model - Reuse ‘return’ model
1:30 am - 2:45 pm (CET)

1:30 pm (CET)

Packaging & Circular economy. The IFCO RPCs case
Michael Pooley
CEO
IFCO SYSTEMS GmbH
There are examples of packaging that are made to be shared and reuse. IFCO is the leading company of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh produce. We manage a pool of 314 mio RPCs for about 1,7 billion trips a year, since 1992. Our crates are made of one only material (PP5), and used between 30 and 120 times before repaired or granulated to create new IFCO RPCs so that nothing is wasted.

1:55 pm (CET)

The power of cooperation to achieve climate-neutral glass packaging
Vanessa Chesnot
Senior Product Policy Manager
FEVE
By 2050 the container glass industry aims to achieve a major revolution in the way glass is produced that is fit for a circular and climate neutral economy. We are proud to produce healthy, reusable and infinitely recyclable closed loop packaging. It is inert and always remains healthy and safe for food grade packaging no matter how many times it is recycled. But the container glass industry needs to address carbon emissions. The presentation will provide an opportunity to learn about concrete initiatives such as the Close the Glass Loop, The Furnace for the Future and the Glass Hallmark that the European Glass Packaging industry is putting in place to address sustainability and climate change, achieve a Circular Economy and discuss how partnerships across industrial value chains can help industry innovate and decarbonise.

2:20 pm (CET)

Panel discussion: Reuse ‘refill’ model and reuse ‘return’ model
Siân Sutherland
Co-Founder
A Plastic Planet
Networking Session -
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm (CET)
 
Plastic packaging footprint and supply chain transparency
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)

3:15 pm (CET)

To be announced
Yoni Shiran
Partner
SYSTEMIQ

3:40 pm (CET)

Revisiting Plastics Recyclability - developing standard testing protocols to check the quality of recyclate
Fabrizio Di Gregorio
Technical Director
Recyclass & Plastic Recyclers Europe

4:05 pm (CET)

APK's Newcycling: an update on PCR, purification potential & emissions reduction
Kristy-Barbara Lange
Head of Public Affairs
APK AG
APK AG is an innovative plastics recycler whose Newcycling process enables the plastics and packaging value chains to meet two major challenges of today's plastics economy: increase quality of plastic recyclates and keep emissions low. In the first half of 2021 APK plans to realise a major campaign at its industrial-scale Newcycling plant in Merseburg (8,000 t/a) using post-consumer waste from flexible plastic film streams as input material. The presentation will share news on insights gained on quality of recyclate, purification potential and emissions reduction potential. Furthermore, the presentation will map the potential contribution of advanced physical Recycling Technologies to the European Commission's 2025 and 2030 targets.

2:30 pm (CET)

Panel Discussion: Technologies in the recycling Landscape
Kristy-Barbara Lange
Head of Public Affairs
APK AG
Carlos Monreal
CEO
Plastic Energy
Luis Hoffmann
Technologist Polymer Recycling
Sulzer Chemtech Ltd
The presentation will outline the different contributions of different technologies and clarify what is chemical and what is physical recycling and which processes can achieve specific aspects of a circular plastics economy, and by when.

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