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Registration and Welcome Breakfast
Registration Table Opens
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Brittany Onslow | Conference Producer, Smithers
Welcome to the City of Chicago
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, City of Chicago
Commercialized Successes in Packaging Sustainability
Opening Keynote: Beyond the Bag
Fiber based and recyclable closures - a new sustainable concept to market
Blue Ocean Closures, a Swedish startup backed up by Alpla and Glatfelter are launching a totally new segment with its fiber based and recyclable screw-caps.
The concept is adding to the opportunities for brands wanting to reduce plastic content. Product are formed in a vacuum pressing operation allowing 100% paper content supported with a thin inside food-contact liner.
The production method is efficient and allows for rapid go-to-market and scaling through use of existing machinery and infrastructure.
From a sustainability point of view Blue Ocean Closures aim to shift the focus from plastic littering and micro plastics to something that is totally biobased, ocean biodegradable and recyclable as paper. A recycling stream that are existing and high preforming already today.
The study put extra focus on concept and go-to-market design. Adopting to existing value and recycling chains, and using the full fiber that allows for recycling instead of breaking the biomass down to smaller components.
Lars Sandberg | Chief Executive Officer, Blue Ocean Closures
Delivering true packaging sustainability - a retailer’s strategy
Networking Break
E-commerce Innovations and Sustainability in Retail
Panel: The Boom of Food App Ordering/Delivery and the ease of E-commerce Ordering
Since the pandemic and the vaccine era of 2021, cold chain packaging and fulfillment & delivery has boomed from online food ordering, grocery apps, e-commerce surges around holiday ordering and more. Online retailers have had to adjust to the extreme surge of online ordering, whether it be through app ordering, food delivery, or holiday ordering online. Consumers have been frustrated with delivery times, availability of products etc. This has pushed retailers and brands alike to increase inventory, improve logistics and work through supply chain shortages and disruption. This panel will address some of the trends and innovations that occurred throughout 2020 and 2021 for cold chain packaging, fulfillment and supply chain disruption.

Panelist Include:
  • Sam Bhargava, Chief Innovation Officer, Jadex Inc.
  • Annika Greve, Director, Business Development, North America, Loop
  • Chris Fox, Chief Sustainability Officer, HanesBrands Inc.
Networking Lunch Break
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Material & Technology Innovations - Plastics
The Circular Plastics Taskforce (CPT): Building a collaborative model for increased circularity of plastic packaging in Canada
Launched in Canada in 2020, the Circular Plastics Taskforce (CPT) is a collaborative effort of organizations interested in finding concrete solutions to improve the management of post-consumer plastics. It brings together five major food, beverage and packaging companies in Canada (Cascades, Danone Canada, Dyne-a-pak, Keurig Dr Pepper Canada and TC Transcontinental), the Chemical Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ).
During this session, representatives of the Circular Plastics Taskforce will present their unique collaborative model and will provide an overview of their journey, learnings and recommendations from the Phase I of their project. They will also discuss the main challenges and opportunities of postconsumer plastics recycling as part of the building of a circular economy and explore the potential of shared learnings and collaboration across North America, as they launch Phase II in Spring 2022.

Marie-Anne Champoux-Guimond | Manager, Sustainability, Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada 
Charles David Mathieu-Poulin, Manager | Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations, TC Transcontinental
Thermoform Circularity: Unlocking a New Source of Post-Consumer Recycled Material
There is no way to achieve true circularity in plastics without including thermoforms. The demand for Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) material is steadily increasing due to brand commitments and legislated mandates, but there is not enough material recovered from bottles to satisfy this demand. The volume of thermoforms in the market presents a tremendous opportunity to build a novel source of PCR material. This presentation from Plastic Ingenuity will provide insights into the current state of thermoform recycling, the challenges that lie ahead, and some examples of how brand owners are contributing to a circular system for this emerging PCR material.
Zach Muscato | Corporate Sustainability Champion, Plastic Ingenuity
Give the people what they want (and build brand equity at the same time)
76% of Americans agree that recycling makes them feel better about their purchases, and 45% have a more positive opinion of brands that use a limited amount or no plastics in their packaging. Brands are responding with recycled content commitments. But how is that going? It’s impossible for all brands to achieve all of their recycled content goals with mechanical recycling alone.
Some brands have taken the plunge, embracing content from advanced, molecular recycling. What has that journey been like? What are brands learning about what it means for their processes, cost structures and, importantly, messaging to consumers? Suzanne Shelton, CEO of Shelton Group, will set the stage with her firm’s latest consumer insights about American’s expectations of brands related to recycling, recycled content and packaging materials. Then she’ll facilitate a discussion about the real-world application of molecularly recycled content with Matt Storey, FMCG Segment Market Manager from Eastman, a leading player in material-to-material advanced recycling, and Rachel Zipperian, Principal Scientist from Herbal Essences. They will discuss their partnership to meet aggressive circular packaging and recycled content goals, address infrastructure needs, and expand collection of plastics that are currently difficult to recycle
Suzanne Shelton | President & CEO, Shelton Group
Networking Break- Sponsored by EFI
How do we build a workable recycling infrastructure?
Pathway to Circularity
The Pathway to Circularity is a first-of-its-kind initiative for the U.S. that provides transparent, action-oriented solutions for packaging circularity challenges. It is washing away the gray and bringing necessary clarity for stakeholders to successfully navigate and advance the circular economy for packaging. The Pathway includes tools to help companies set goals, define strategies to achieve those goals, and develop the solutions to take action, ultimately serving as the common foundation for building the system of the future by informing sustainable packaging design.
The Recyclability Framework, the first element of the Pathway to Circularity to be developed, defines a clear set of criteria to help companies take action to address packaging and system challenges, thereby making circularity tangible. With stakeholder adoption being a critical component to activate a circular economy, the Framework has been built and improved upon through the Circularity Council and a 30-day Public Comment period in late 2020.
Sarah Dearman | VP of Circular Ventures, The Recycling Partnership
Plastic: The Sustainability Choice for Rigid Packaging

Consumers have chosen plastics for its durability, light weight, and longevity, to name just a few reasons. Plastics are also the better choice when considering carbon emissions, summer smog, and water consumption compared to other rigid packaging options. Using the findings from life cycle assessments for products typical to the US market allows for an objective comparison of various rigid plastic packaging options. This, along with opportunities for innovation in plastics, supports plastics as the sustainability choice for the future.

Billy Rice | Sustainability Manager, ALPLA Inc. (North America)
Panel: Technically Recyclable VS Practically Recyclable
This panel will address what is considered “recyclable”, the differences between mechanical and chemical recycling, and also including some new recycling technologies.

Panelist Include:
  • Dr. Carlos Ludlow-Palafox, CEO, Enval
  • Tamsin Ettefagh, Chief Sustainability Officer, PureCycle Technologies
  • Anne T. Bedarf, Packaging Sustainability Manager, Global Design and Packaging, Colgate-Palmolive Company
Welcome Reception
What is the Latest in Paper-based?
Fiber-Based Solutions in Food Service Packaging
It has become abundantly clear that the market wants more Sustainable Packaging Solutions.  Both Government and Non-Government Organizations, as well as Retailers and Brand Owners, are clamoring for a greater use of renewable materials, circularity, and compostability.  Perhaps the most impacted by these concerns is the food service sector, and more specifically quick service restaurants in which plastic containers are used in abundance.  Dustin Schadt will focus on solutions on areas where fiber-based packaging makes sense, and can make a positive, measurable impact on the environment. Going further, he will present trademarked products and new developments from the Stora Enso portfolio that can demonstrate immediate results to meeting sustainability objectives. 
Dustin Schadt | Director of Business Development and Key Account Manager, Stora Enso
Increasing Food and Beverage Carton Recycling Through Collaboration
The Carton Council of North America (CCNA) was created to improve food and beverage carton recycling through a model structured around collaboration. This includes working with MRFs to efficiently sort cartons; assisting end markets with sourcing cartons; supporting governments in adding cartons and educating their residents; providing schools with tools to build carton recycling programs; and partnering with companies and brands who package their products in cartons. This collaborative approach leverages the entire supply chain and includes innovations such as the introduction of the first AI robot to help sort recyclables at MRFs. CCNA will share its collaborative approach for increasing sustainability in packaging that has led to a 239% increase in access to carton recycling across the US.
Kris Kaar | Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) & Carton Council
From Paper to Paper: An Australian Success Story in Closing the Loop on Barrier-Coated Paper Packaging
Paper cups and most plastic-coated paper packaging have long been a challenge for recycling in conventional paper recycling systems.  Typically, the materials are classified as “outthrows” and sent to landfill or sent to the few specialized recycling facilities able to accept these materials.  However, with an innovative change to the resin pellet formulation, these packaging materials are universally recyclable materials, having qualified in the most valuable recovered paper grade paths for recyclers, and recycled for use in premium recycled paper products such as gift wrap and copy paper.  The session will cover a case study of success in Australia, explaining the benefits for brands, packaging manufacturers, recyclers and the environment.  The session will also cover the steps to implement the solution globally with the potential to make these types of packaging a valuable commodity for the recycling industry. 
Will Lorenzi | President, Smart Planet Technologies
Panel: Technology & Innovation in Retail Sustainable Packaging
The stress on Global Supply Chains have caused retailers to seek new, alternative solutions to get their products to market.  This has created potential unforeseen risk to brands as suppliers may turn to unknown sources for product production, packaging, and other elements.  In the area of transparency and sustainable demands retail brands must have full visibility across their entire supply chain, including first, second and even third level vendors.
This panel will address the demand and new innovation within sustainable packaging solutions across the entire supply chain.  Topics will cover the entire product lifecycle, from sustainable fiber source, forestry impacts on the environment, through packaging development i.e. new coatings and substrates to end-user demands and end-of-life solutions. 
Representatives from the forestry/fiber section, converters and retail brands will share their insights and explore current and future trends within this interactive discussion.

Panelist Include:
  • Ian Lifshitz, Vice President Sustainability, Asia Pulp & Paper
  • Paul Nowak, Vice-President of Sustainability Segment Development, Quad Packaging
  • Additional panelist coming soon!
Networking Break- Sponsored by EFI
Regulatory Updates
Compliance Considerations for Environmental Claims Under the FTC's Green Guides
Claims about the environmental attributes of a product are subject to scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission under the so-called "Green Guides." How does the FTC evaluate environmental marketing claims? What can companies do to ensure their environmental marketing claims do not run afoul of applicable legal requirements? What are some best practices for companies to adopt in developing language to be used in claims? This presentation will provide an overview of the requirements and answers to these important questions.
Joe Dages | Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Selected Legislation in the US States Concerning Food Packaging
This session will go over selected state food packaging legislation trends, including 2020-2021 laws and recent bills concerning extended producer responsibility, post-consumer recycled content, recyclability, and prohibitions on use of certain substances. We will look at similarities and key differences in those state laws and bills.
Andrea G. Ferrenz | Food Law Counsel, Legal Department, Campbell Soup Company
Financing Packaging Recycling and Recovery in the U.S. - The Time Has Come
Join AMERIPEN Executive Director Dan Felton for a discussion about new packaging producer responsibility laws in Maine and Oregon and the forecast for more states looking to pass similar laws in 2022, plus laws on recycled content and recycling labeling. Learn how these laws may impact sustainability in packaging and how AMERIPEN is taking a leadership role to shape the best possible state and federal outcomes for the entire packaging value chain with its packaging recycling and recovery financing principles, objectives and policy.
Dan Felton | Executive Director, AMERIPEN
The European and Asian packaging regulatory landscape: from the reduction of single use to the promotion of the recyclability & reusability
European & Asian public institutions are constantly reflecting on how to integrate packaging into a circular economy model. As a result, new texts are regularly published to accelerate the reduction of the packaging waste production, the recyclability and reusability of packaging, and the implementation of efficient EPR systems. In this context, and to help you understand, decipher and appropriate new regulations and legislation, Axel Darut will present the current and upcoming regulatory challenges on packaging.
Axel Darut | Head of EU & International Affairs, CITEO
Welcome Reception
Registration and Welcome Breakfast
Registration Table Opens
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers
Keynote : How to introduce a new product in a new market using new technology in 18 months?
  • Understanding needs (Product functionality, expectations, and product end-of-life)
  • Understanding materials and food safety
  • Prototyping and quick interactions
  • Designing technology platform
  • Runnability and product launch
  • Mass production
  • Case studies

Martin Grandjean | Global Business Development Manager, Tembo Paper
Reuse, Reducing Single Use Plastics and Smart Packaging
U.S. Plastics Pact & Activator Packaging Solutions
Join this session to learn how the U.S. Plastics Pact is moving ideas to action. Learn about work being done through private-public partnerships to ensure 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable. It takes every part of the value chain to close the loop on plastics. Equip yourself with the knowledge and network to help create a circular future.
Tiana Lightfoot-Svendsen | Communications & Project Manager, U.S. Plastics Pact
Panel: New for Reuse – Retail, Foodservice, Subscription
Moderator: Tim Debus, President and CEO, Reusable Packaging Association

The reuse of packaging products is gaining attention worldwide as a preferred activity in a circular economy and a critical measure to combat the global waste and pollution crisis.  In this panel session, hear insights and learn experiences from reuse practitioners on their approaches to keeping packaging in a system of continuous use and the obstacles and opportunities encountered along the way

Panelists Include:
  • Lauren Sweeney, Co-Founder & CMO, DeliverZero
  • Ned Tomasevic, CEO, Reusability
  • Simon Locke, Sustainable Design Innovation Manager, The Body Shop
  • Jane TsilasGlobal Packaging Sustainability Manager, Starbucks Coffee Company
How government policies can accelerate the transition to a reuse economy
The plastic pollution crisis is immense. Currently, half of global plastic production is for single-use applications and only an estimated 9% of plastics produced has been recycled. We cannot solve the plastic waste problem through recycling alone and alternative solutions are needed. By reusing only 10% of plastic products, the equivalent of half of annual plastic ocean waste can be prevented. The shift towards reuse consumption models is still at an early stage but there is growing ambition from the public and the private sector to advance a holistic waste mitigation approach, by making reuse an integral part of the reduce-reuse-recycle agenda. Government policies can accelerate the transition to reusable packaging formats but policy-makers, businesses, and civil society organizations must collaborate to create clear targets and action plans. The session will illuminate how reuse laws are starting to pick up momentum in France and Chile, with progressive policies underway in municipalities such as São Paolo and London. What do these changes mean for governments, businesses, innovators, and NGOs? And how can all stakeholders come together to achieve a world free of plastic waste through innovative reuse solutions
Thom Almeida | Platform Curator, Future of Consumption, World Economic Forum
Networking Break
Sustainability through the Supply Chain - Collaboration
Sustainability + Innovation: See What’s Possible During Collaborative Package Exploration & Co-Creation
The demand for fundamental and meaningful change is being led by the consumer. They are not only demanding more aggressive legislation and enforcement from their governments, but they are also exerting pressure on brand owners to commit to improving their sustainability records. Brand owners, in turn, are making bold commitments to improve their sustainability and reduce their impact on the environment. No one can tackle these on their own. We need collaboration across the entire packaging supply chain in order to meet the demands of the consumer and to create real change for the sake of our environment. We have an obligation to work together with brand owners, printers, converters, retail chains, governments, and even consumers, to create new and sustainable packaging solutions that require rethinking across the packaging supply chain.
Nathan Pajka | Sustainability Specialist, Metsӓ Board, Americas
Panel: Levels of Partnerships Across the Value Chain for Circularity – Will it disrupt existing relationships?
Moderator: Dilhani De Silva, Principal, Roland Berger

How will sustainability initiatives change? Where are brands “stuck”? As sustainability goals change and we approach 2025, how are brands achieving their goals? How has COVID and supply chain disruption changed the outlook for these goals? On the road to circularity across the packaging supply chain, where are the frustrations or roadblocks?

Panelists Include:
  • Kim Carswell, Principal, Target
  • Rebecca Casey, SVP, Marketing & Strategy, TC Transcontinental
  • Ashley Drew, Sustainability Manager, UPM Raflatac Americas
  • Darrel Collier, Executive Director, NAPCOR
Networking Lunch Break
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How are brands leading the way in sustainability?
Yes, We Can!
At Sonoco, we produce billions of paper containers annually for many of the world’s leading food brands. After following the same process for decades, we identified a unique problem regarding the recyclability of our paper cans. Sonoco’s EnviroCan™, a metal bottom paper canister, contains a high concentration of recyclable material but is not commonly found on the list of accepted recyclables in many municipalities. To prove this unknown packaging format could be sorted effectively at scale using current equipment without disrupting existing streams, Sonoco set out to navigate the complex recycling industry.
The EnviroCan™ case study demonstrates a process many formats will likely undergo as the focus on a product’s end of life increases. From confirming acceptance and proving performance throughout the recycling process to thinking critically about how the package can be reused and accepted, this success story will shed light on the hurdles packaging formats may face in proving recyclability to the broader industry.
Knowing the end market is the key to a recyclable claim, Sonoco first focused on the reprocessing and end market piece of the puzzle. Next, Sonoco confirmed steel recyclers accept the paper can with metal end in bales as the steel is valuable to their operation.  In parallel with this work, flow studies were performed at multiple Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) to understand where the cans were sorted once they arrived at the tip floor.  This included prework to condition the cans alongside normal household recyclables in collection trucks to ensure we simulated real life conditions.  After the cans had been run through the MRF the results showed Sonoco’s paper can with metal end performed on par or better than a steel can in regards to collection by the magnet.  We believe the work that was performed provides a great platform to begin future work.
Scott Byrne | Assistant Director, Global Sustainability, Sonoco
The Power of the Collective: Transforming Supply Chains and Scaling-Up Sustainable Solutions
Forests are roughly 30% of the solution to climate change, and with the climate and biodiversity crises our world is facing, keeping our forests standing is more important than ever. Canopy’s Pack4Good Initiative is bringing leading global brands together, creating a movement focused on protecting forests and supporting the innovations of the future that take the pressure off of them.  This session will inspire business leaders by unpacking some of the tailor-made solutions that Canopy and its brand partners have collaborated on to achieve results that help the bottom line and the planet. 
Michelle Cliffe | Corporate Campaigner, Canopy
Panel: Climate Change and Reducing the Carbon Footprint
This panel will cover how companies are reducing their carbon footprint, water usage, agriculture and more. Panelists will paint a picture of what their companies are doing to make a sustainable impact and looking to the future for change.

Panelist Include:
  • Saskia van Gendt, Head of Sustainability, Rothy’s
  • James Harmer, Planning & Innovation Strategy Leader, Cambridge Design Partnership
  • Camille Herrera, MESM, Packaging Development and Sustainability Manager, Driscoll's
Packaging Sustainability Antibodies (PSA)
Just because your program is sponsored at the highest levels of the company doesn’t mean you’re safe!  Antibodies are meant to kill anything foreign in order to keep the body safe.  Unfortunately, within the business “body” the foreign item is you!  I’ll share some practical tips, tools, and ideas I’ve learned along the way that have helped me recognize the antibodies and thrive.
William Singleton | Executive Director, Global Packaging - Innovation & Sustainability, Mars
Sustainability and the Environment – How Companies are “Fixing” Packaging
Beyond PFAS - Chemicals of Concern are Everyone’s Concern
With a growing focus on chemicals of concern, consumers, lawmakers and brands are searching for safer materials and products, including those in the packaging space. Consumer demand for transparency in products is driving business decisions and prompting brand commitments. Safer, cost competitive alternatives are available and growing, and retailers, brands, and suppliers need help identifying and transitioning to these materials. Emerging assessment tools offer screening and rating programs that evaluate all ingredients in a material or product, and those ratings can be used to help identify potential safer materials. This presentation will provide an overview of this emerging theme and highlight some of the safer alternative rating systems being used.
Shannon Pinc | Circular Economy Specialist, NatureWorks
Panel: Reducing the impact packaging has on the environment
Striving towards using more recycled content, reducing packaging, achieving sustainability goals and reducing the overall impact our product packaging has on the environment.

Panelist Include:
  • Kristen Royal, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Sabra Dipping Company, LLC
  • Chelsey Evans, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Etsy
  • Michael Waas, Vice President, North America, TIPA
  • Arash Hassanian, President, Hoover CS
Closing Remarks

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