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Retail & Consumer Goods
Room Name: Plateau
Day1: June 27, 2019
8:15 am - 8:55 am
9:00 am - 12:25 pm
A Plastic Planet
Is plastic the wake-up call the world needed? Or have we just pressed 'snooze'
A Plastic Planet
Now that we know what we know, we can never unknow. What will our consumer future look like? In what we are certain will be a lively and engaging presentation, Siân lays out the five accelerators of action and leading by example as we either jump on or swerve the juggernaut of change in our attitudes and uses of plastic.
Global action to turn the tide on plastic
Associate Programme Officer
United Nations Environment Programme
Global cooperation is essential if we are to address the issue of marine plastic pollution – no actor can solve the problem alone. The United Nations Environment Assembly stressed in 2017 the importance of a zero vision i.e. long-term elimination of discharge of litter and microplastics to the oceans and of avoiding detriment to marine ecosystems and the human activities dependent on them. This presentation will outline ways in which the UN Environment Programme works to prevent and manage plastic pollution in order to reduce and mitigate impacts on marine and terrestrial ecosystems, economies, animal welfare and human health. It will also outline opportunities for collaboration to turn the tide on plastic.
A European strategy for plastics in a circular economy
Directorate General Environment
Delegates will hear the very latest from the European Commission in respect of its tough stance on plastics waste and single-use plastics. Action on plastics was identified as a priority in the Circular Economy Action Plan, to help European businesses and consumers use resources in a more sustainable way. In December 2018, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached a provisional political agreement on the ambitious new measures proposed by the Commission to tackle marine litter at its source. The agreement was based on the Single-use plastics proposal presented last May by the Commission as part of the world’s first comprehensive Plastics Strategy, adopted in early 2018, to protect citizens and the environment from plastic pollution while fostering growth and innovation. The new EU Directive on Single-Use Plastics, meanwhile, will be the most ambitious legal instrument at a global level addressing marine litter and envisages different measures to apply to different product categories. Where alternatives are easily available and affordable, single-use plastic products will be banned from the market. For other products, the focus is on limiting their use through a national reduction in consumption: on design and labeling requirements; and waste management/clean-up obligations for producers.
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Traditional plastics and alternative solutions: the challenges and opportunities for industry
Henry le Fleming
Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change
As much as consumer products companies would like to reduce the impacts of their products on the environment, plastics present a problem. Being light, they have great functionality, they have good carrier properties and they are adaptable to different product formats. This presentation will review current alternatives to plastic materials used by consumer product companies, covering both the alternative materials and the different types of plastic feed-stocks that companies could use in their products. Many of the alternatives have unintended environmental consequences when used at scale. Perhaps the most promising is using recycled content more widely, but there are challenges in widespread use of recycled content. Can developments in waste material management, such as AI, support better-quality recycling/sorting or chemical recycling processes deliver the recycled content required? What are the current options and how do they stack up for materials for consumer products companies? What do we know about these different options in terms of the environmental impact? Is there sufficient recycled content to meet demand? And can AI or new chemical recycling solutions close this gap? Henry will address these questions and more during his presentation.
The Plastic challenge as an opportunity
Section Head Packaging Capability
Procter & Gamble Service GmbH
How does a global manufacturer, with plastic as main packaging material, address the global challenge of reducing environmental footprint? What is happening between drastic reports of pollution, emotional consumers, highly engaged NGOs, retailers who want to make their entire product portfolio more environmentally friendly today rather than tomorrow and the changing legal frameworks?
minim. Circular by design
Global Innovation Director
Global Brand Manager
People are ready to eliminate waste, but we need to re-invent the way we craft, produce, distribute and use fast moving consumer goods. It all starts by learning to be “Circular by design”.
Commercially shifting in IKEA from unsustainable materials to renewable, recyclable and reusable materials
Project Manager Packaging Materials
IKEA is a furniture company with well-designed, functional and affordable, high-quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment. In order to achieve its ambitious goal to become a fully circular business by 2030, Ikea took commitments to inspire and enable sustainable living - making it easier for people to reduce their climate impact and contribute to a world without waste. One of its commitments for 2030 concerns the goal to only use renewable and recycled plastics.
12:25 pm - 1:15 pm
Confronting the plastics challenge with efficient manufacturing and design strategies
1:15 pm - 5:25 pm
Henry le Fleming
Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change
Speciality packaging in a plastics-free packaging world
Dr. George Kellie's discussion will look at a range of speciality paper bioplastics and their potential to become direct alternatives to plastic packaging materials across a range of end uses. With a strong drive for sustainability across a range of sectors and end uses, this is a very timely update covering both challenges and opportunities in the sector. Specific market trends and forecast volume metrics will be included.
Adopting an integrated-systems approach in business to address the plastics challenge
Chief Policy Advisor
IEMA - Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
Tackling the plastics challenge requires an integrated and systematic approach both within – and between – organizations. Environmental management systems based on ISO 14001, the international standard used by more than 370,000 organizations globally, provides a framework for businesses to make improvements in their direct operations, their supply chains and through customers/consumers.
Better Planet Packaging: Protecting your product and the planet
Smurfit Kappa Group
Fundamental packaging role is to bundle and safely deliver products from the producer to the consumer, with the lowest possible impacts on the environment. After use, packaging should be collected and reused or recycled. And if it leaks from this system – it should biodegrade without negative traces on the planet. Better Planet Packaging initiative is an investigation into what we can do today and what do we need to develop for the future to protect the products and the planet.
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Reduced waste and improved resource efficiency: how do bioplastics link bioeconomy and circular economy?
Deputy Managing Director
Without doubt, the bioplastics sector pushes the boundaries of the plastics industry, vis-à-vis both feed-stock and waste management. Yet there are still misconceptions as to what bioplastics, defined as plastics that are bio-based (feed-stock) and can be biodegradable (end-of-life), can contribute to a more efficient, circular plastics economy. This presentation will clarify where the two value properties on feed-stock and end-of-life integrate with the current trends of reduction, redesign, reuse and recycling. It will also elaborate on the front-running role that bio-based materials and products in the plastics industry fulfil as they move beyond conventional recycling visions.
Sustainable manufacturing - no longer a dream with 3D printing
Hugo Ferreira Da Silva
Vice President, DSM Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing (AM) – the process of building objects by 3D printing – is quickly evolving from a prototyping technology into a mainstream manufacturing process. As the industry gathers momentum, it is presented with a huge opportunity to make AM sustainable from day one. There is a historic window to develop, from the beginning, new materials that are recyclable, reusable and/or biodegradable or bio-based. Investing in solutions where plastics can be 3D printed into usable applications fits perfectly with the intrinsically sustainable nature of AM as a production process. Using only what is needed to build layer by layer, it reduces scrap and waste. As it can be done locally, it has the potential to substantially reduce carbon emissions by shortening the supply chain. DSM invites AM industry players to partner in addressing this ambition - now.
Removing plastic barriers to save the planet
Plastic barriers are used for so many packaging needs but it’s getting extremely hard to justify using plastic when other solutions must be possible. CelluComp is using Curran to help replace some plastics used in all sorts of bags and packaging. Curran is a material developed from the extraction of nanocellulose fibers of root vegetables, primarily sugar beet pulp (a by-product of the sugar industry). If successful as a replacement for traditional plastic barriers, this could provide a huge economic and environmental benefit.
Responsible convenience: an initiative against hidden plastic in wet wipes
Vice President of Global Business Management Nonwovens
Although the focus on plastics waste often hones in on commodities such as single-use straws and plastic bottles not many people know that wet wipes (baby, hygienic or make-up remover wipes) are in fact one of the biggest plastic polluters on European beaches. Manufactured using plastic resins such as polyester or polypropylene, they never fully biodegrade – they simply break into smaller and smaller pieces, in doing so releasing yet more microscopic fibers into the environment. As part of its aim to combat marine litter, the European Union has issued a Directive featuring product-specific measures for the 10 most-polluting single-use plastic products, wipes included. Lenzing hopes to take the strategies of the Directive one step further. Having surveyed almost 4,000 consumers in 14 markets worldwide, these consumer and industry insights have been translated into an interactive case study that will form the basis of this presentation on sustainable wipes. In attending this presentation, you will hear how the company hopes to pioneer a new era of responsible convenience.
Panel Discussion: How are we going to live?
A Plastic Planet
Global Innovation Director
Skipping Rocks Lab
Ulrika Nordvall Bardh
Circular Strategy Lead-Non Commercial Goods
Carlo C. Galli
Head of Sustainability
An open discussion on new ideas for how we may take, make and not wast in the future. How far and how quick can our waste-free future be a reality?
Drinks Reception & Networking Party - Sponsored by Lenzing
Day2: June 28, 2019
Exploring a new generation of advanced sustainable materials
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
DuPont BioMaterial innovation: engineered polysaccharides and applications
Business Development BioMaterials
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Polysaccharides are important biopolymers with a wide range of industrial and consumer product applications. Traditionally, structural polysaccharides such as cellulose have been the backbone of early material science for a range of applications. These materials are inherently readily biodegradable, have viable structural and barrier properties and may provide exciting opportunities for a renewed focus on bio-based material opportunities to address current sustainability challenges. DuPont Industrial Biosciences has developed a family of engineered polysaccharides through the selective polymerization of sucrose to provide materials ranging in design, polymer architecture and morphology. The underlying enzymatic polymerization process offers the opportunity to design the polymer structure and the material properties of these new biomaterials. This presentation will introduce this new platform technology for sustainable material development with selected application examples.
Utilizing bio-based materials from nature as a replacement for fossil-based equivalents
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Although we humans have utilized materials from the natural world ever since the dawn of mankind, the development of plastic materials in particular over the course of the past century has been key to the accelerated development of what we now regard as modern-day society. The complexity of nature and millions of years of evolution should not be discounted, however, and as such there are a significant number of bio-based material concepts that can replace - and even outperform - current fossil-based plastic materials. Boasting new and beneficial functionality, these bio materials will also impact the environment much less should they inadvertently end up penetrating the ecosystem. During this presentation, the potential possibilities of cellulose (the most abundant biopolymer on Earth) will be discussed as well as a set of new material concepts that demonstrate the benefits of what is widely regarded as the strongest bio-based material ever.
Re-thinking the status quo – Biopolymers as part of the circular economy
Director Marketing and Sales
FKuR Kunststoff GmbH
Plastics are widely discussed today. On the one hand, we need plastics and we have concerns whenever goods are not packed. On the other hand, as soon as we have consumed the packed goods, we just see waste. We have concerns and worries with regard to plastics in the environment but although we have adequate waste management in place, we ourselves litter material day by day. These paradoxes are just a few examples which show the areas of conflicting interests plastics and we ourselves are facing. It is a fact, however, that we need plastics. They have outstanding advantages like lightweight, barrier and of course stability. But finally, they are made from a CO2 one-way source like crude oil. If we want to continue with our standard of life we need to reduce the dependency from exhaustible resources like oil, gas, coal and other seldom metals. The only loop which is proven since millions of years is the loop of nature and its natural resources. Therefore, we need to close the carbon loop and not only the material loop. Finally, we must use nature as our guideline since nature has already developed very smart solutions which are accepted by society. Plastics made from renewable resources, whether they are biobased and recyclable or biodegradable, follow this guideline.
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Replacing plastic with natural fibers: the reality and the future
Bodil Engberg Pallesen
Danish Technological Institute
Sustainability and low overall impact on the environment are fast becoming massive drivers for corporations and businesses today. Plastic consumption per citizen, meanwhile, is significant all around the world and although some plastic is collected for recycling or used for generating energy, huge amounts ultimately end up polluting the environment as microplastic, which severely damages the food chain as a consequence. There are approaches and innovative developments abound that can contribute to replacing plastic however. Fiber-based bottles made from straw- or wood-based cellulose, 3D-molded natural-fiber chairs and various biodegradable fiber composites for applications such as hunting ammunition are no longer just the subjects of scholarly articles but are soon to become a commercial reality.
Reducing plastic waste with new plastic materials: an overview
Plastics have never had such a bad press as the one they’re currently getting. A heightened societal awareness regarding their environmental impact, as well as an increasingly stringent regulatory framework, are demanding new packaging solutions with the lowest-possible impact in respect of ecological aspects. Since the end of the 20th century, bio-based and/or biodegradable polymers have been developed to respond to these demands – some of these materials are currently industrially mature and are already used. But research and development is still ongoing to adapt these materials to various specifications. This presentation will provide an overview of the existing materials as well as the ones that have been newly developed.
Bio-based materials for packaging solutions
Senior Research Fellow
Bioeconomy is based on the shift from fossil to renewable raw materials in response to the challenges of climate change, ecological scarcity and depletion of natural resources. Packaging plays an important role in the bioeconomy. As you will hear in this presentation, there is a clear demand for renewable and sustainable solutions to create new packaging materials and concepts – and the use of bio-based materials in packaging decreases the dependence on fossil fuels. Wood-based biomass that is available in a large scale offers attractive ‘green’ polymers. Meanwhile, biopolymers that are based on agricultural or other waste streams offer interesting alternatives for traditional oil-based polymers.
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Embracing a truly circular economy for consumer goods/retail packaging
1:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Deputy Managing Director
Ocean Vision 2030 – A plan to deliver a clean ocean within 10 years through Digital Innovation
Head of Sustainable Business Innovation, Northern Europe’
How do we know we are getting to where we need to be? With systems touching over 77% of global financial transactions, SAP has a unique perspective on the global supply chain and the types of digital solutions and systems thinking that will lead to long-lasting change.
Having recently returned from the Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit in the North Atlantic, and having been actively engaged within the UK Plastics Pact, SAP has now defined a high-level vision and plan on how we reach pre-1990 levels of microplastic concentration by 2030.
Join the session to learn, debate and discuss our vision and help continue our collaborative efforts towards a clean ocean within the next decade.
How TerraCycle eliminates the idea of waste
VP, Global Business Development
By forming partnerships with leading brands and developing circular economy practices, TerraCycle eliminates the idea of waste : making previously non-recyclable waste, recyclable, helping integrate more recycled content into products and enabling consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): the way to end plastic waste
The sheer volume of plastic packaging waste is increasing all the time, as well as marine litter and other forms of environmental plastic pollution. Consequently, approaches to better reduce, collect and recycle plastic packaging waste are urgently needed. But who is responsible? Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) systems make companies that put packaged products on the market responsible for the packaging throughout its whole life-cycle, including the design for recycling as well as the development of an appropriate infrastructure for collection and treatment. During this presentation from Agnes, different models of EPR systems will be introduced, while several ways of establishing an EPR system will also be discussed.
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm
The circular economy: thriving in a vanishing polymer market
Principal Director, Global Resources Research Lead
Studies focusing on the effects of a circular economy on plastics have been conducted at a high level by many, especially pertaining to the use of recyclable and renewable materials. However, the polymers industry will compete with other resource-based products, as well as within itself. This presentation will, therefore, cover the impact of the circular economy on the demand for conventional plastics, including but not limited to the impact of the ‘durable-ization’ of non-durables, inter-material competition, education of plastics use and industrial waste via new technologies, the sharing economy, and recycling. Possible technologies and circular economy participation will also be reviewed.
A laboratory view on compostability testing
Geo-Ecologist, Head of Compostability Testing Department
ISEGA Forschungs- und Untersuchungsgesellschaft mbH
The presentation will provide an overview of the leading standards in the field of compostability testing and their basic requirements. It will include technical insights into different methods for testing biodegradability, disintegration and ecotoxicity. Special findings, challenges and recent developments will be discussed in the context of conformity assessment.
Cradle-to-cradle plastics assessment
Suki Kler Young
EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH
This discussion will present delegates with EPEA’s encounters with plastic products in various industrial sectors, from food packaging and toys to plastic resins for filament yarns and under-the-bonnet auto parts. As part of its work in the field of circular product design, many interesting and unexpected results have been uncovered. Some of these findings will be in focus, together with a short introduction to the EPEA Cradle to Cradle methodology, as well as examples of optimized products.
Packaging recycling – Opportunities and Challenges
Head of Circular Economy
A presentation on the current and future opportunities within plastics recycling and how we can reach our Circular Economy aims.