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Realistic Sustainability from Beginning to End of Product/Packaging Life


 

This workshop will not only talk about designing for end of life, but also address every aspect of packaging as it is designed, sustainability, innovations, plastics, paper based and more. Hear from brands as well as packaging convertors and suppliers, how they are keeping sustainability in mind, while designing innovative packaging.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Speakers:

Liz Logue, VP of Corporate Business Development and Ink Jet Strategy, EFI
David Simnick | CEO & Co-Founder, SoapBox Soaps
Hanko Kiessner | Executive Chairman and Founder, Packsize International LLC
Nina Leatherday | Senior Packaging Engineer and Account Manager, Adept Group
Curan Mehra | Founder & CEO, Gelo Products
Howard Bertram, President, Complete Design & Packaging
Rachel Langhill | Marketing Coordinator, Lorax Compliance
Michelle Carvell | Chief Operating Officer

Agenda

1:00 PM | Oh Ship! What Increased E-commerce Demand Means for Sustainable Secondary Packaging

Customer demand is the top priority for most ecommerce companies. However, that speed often comes with the antiquated practice of choosing the closest size shipping box, often leading to an abundance of empty space and plastic waste. E-commerce has increased by double-digit figures year over year, and that problem is growing — even more rapidly since the pandemic with more people shopping on-line. To solve this dilemma, e-commerce companies have started to implement right-sized packaging on demand, which enables the ability to create custom product packaging for each order, within their own facility. This translates to less waste, decreased DIM weight charges, less damage to packages and product, and reduced labor expenses. As businesses continue to wrestle with sustainability, profit margin and customer satisfaction, expect right-sized packaging on demand to take center stage as the next big thing in e-commerce.

Hanko Kiessner | Executive Chairman and Founder, Packsize International LLC

1:30 PM | Driving sustainability in corrugated packaging production

Digital printing production of corrugated packaging has rapidly developed over the past 10 years. This new technology, eliminates need the of mass overproduction, storage/inventory costs, and waste. The technology also cuts production waste by eliminating the printing plates, and press washup. Leveraging advanced LED curing technology cuts energy consumption to Greengard standards. This technology also enables distributed production reducing shipping and logistic costs, all while creating a beautifully engaging marketing pieces. This presentation will provide an overview of the environmental benefits of digital printing in corrugated packing with case studies from leading packaging converters.

Liz Logue, VP of Corporate Business Development and Ink Jet Strategy, EFI

Howard Bertram, President, Complete Design & Packaging

2:00 PM | Eliminating Single Use Plastics

Abstract to come!

David Simnick | CEO & Co-Founder, SoapBox Soaps 

2:30 PM | Networking Break

3:00 PM | The Value of a Sustainability Audit

Packaging teams need to balance countless priorities and projects, but the topics of cutting costs and improving packaging sustainability are always near the top of that interminable list. When approaches to cost savings and to sustainability are clearly defined, it quickly becomes apparent that there are major areas of overlap between the two. Sustainability topics such as material efficiency are reflected in component weights and dimensions on the cost savings side. Decreasing supply chain complexity for cost savings can improve sustainability via energy consumption. They may not be the sexy projects that grab headlines, but they can serve as the foundation of an innovative packaging team’s efforts across both categories.

Nina Leatherday | Senior Packaging Engineer and Account Manager, Adept Group

3:30 PM | Eliminating the Green Tax: How to enable mass adoption of sustainable products

Even as sustainable and eco-friendly products have swept across grocery store shelves, they still account for a relatively small market share. Historically, sustainably-marketed products have come with a “Green Tax” in the form of higher costs or subpar performance. Eliminating this “Green Tax” will require meaningful innovation in both product design and consumer communications.

This session will address strategies for eliminating the “Green Tax’ in order to achieve mass adoption of sustainable products. 

Curan Mehra | Founder & CEO, Gelo Products

4:00 PM | Global Environmental Packaging Trends: Guiding the US Sustainability Journey

In recent years, several regulations have been introduced in the USA and globally with the intention of ensuring more sustainable packaging is placed onto each market. States are introducing post-consumer recycled content mandates, non-recyclable resins are being banned, and model legislation for designing certain materials are being discussed by industry groups, and these trends are also occurring worldwide at a rapid pace. This session will investigate the trends within recently passed laws and newly introduced bills in the United States and globally and discuss how these regulations may impact the future of sustainable packaging.

Michelle Carvell | Chief Operating Officer, Lorax Compliance

Rachel Langhill | Marketing Coordinator, Lorax Compliance

5:00 PM | Closing Remarks – Welcome Evening Reception