Ecopack stage - Packaging Innovations Birmingham

The future of branded and inspirational packaging

3 & 4 March 2021 | Halls 11-12 Birmingham

The Ecopack Stage

Gathering a range of industry experts, associations and brands to discuss your hottest sustainability challenges.  

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Wednesday 26th February

Ecopack Stage

10:30 - 10:45

DuPont will discuss chemical recycling within the PET recycling industry with an explanation of how it works, where it fits and what benefits it brings.

Mark Dawes, European Marketing Development Manager, DuPont Teijin Films

When did we stop thinking?

Ecopack Stage

11:00 - 11:30

In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world how can we best navigate our way through the issues that confront the packaging industry. Have we simply forgotten how to slow down and think things through carefully or are we reacting to every wind of opinion and building up unintended consequences for future generations? The key note challenges us to think differently and embrace a longer term, circular approach.

Kevin Vyse, Head of Technical at Rapid Action Packaging UK and Ex Circular Economy Expert at M&S

 

Trust but verify

Ecopack Stage

11:45 - 12:00

With increasing demands for sustainable card and paper packaging, how can you be sure that you are sourcing responsibly and how can you communicate this to your customers?  The consumer has high expectations of brands and retailers when it comes to environmental issues, but they don’t always trust the claims that are made.  Independent certification has a role to play in helping companies do the right thing and communicating this.  Join the session to find out more about FSC.

Rosie Teasdale, Executive Director, FSC UK

Resolving single-use packaging, not single-use plastic! Assessing refillable and reusable packaging solutions

Ecopack Stage

12:30 - 13:15

Chair:

David Burrows, Environmental Writer & Researcher, Envirobuzz Editorial

Panellist:

Catherine Conway, Founder & Director, Unpackaged Innovation Ltd. 

Panellist:

Libby Peake, Senior Policy Adviser, Green Alliance

Panellist:

Jo Chidley, Co-Founder, Beauty Kitchen UK

Panellist:

Sarah Greenwood, Packaging Technology Expert / Leader, University of Sheffield

Single-use packaging: Can we kick it? How the food-to-go and grocery sectors have responded to the packaging crisis

Ecopack Stage

13:20 - 13:40

David Burrows, Environmental Writer & Researcher, Envirobuzz Editorial

The BIG Carbon Debate - In association with OPRL & Foodservice Packaging Association

Ceflex - a Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging

Ecopack Stage

14:00 - 14:30

An update from Ceflex on flexible packaging for a Circular economy

Haulwen Nicholas, Workstream Consultant, CEFLEX

The Ecopack Challenge - supported by M&S

Ecopack Stage

14:30 - 15:30

Hear the latest cutting-edge sustainable innovations battle it out in a Dragon's Den style pitch to discover who will be crowned the 2020 Ecopack winner.

‘Convenience and sustainability, how do we get the consumer to play their part?’

Ecopack Stage

15:30 - 16:30

Panellist:

Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability, Coca-Cola

Panellist:

Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP

Panellist:

Gavin Ellis, Director & Co-Founder, Hubbub

Panellist:

Libby Peake, Senior Policy Adviser, Green Alliance

Panellist:

Jane Skelton, Program Manager, OPRL

Panellist:

Jane Smith, Product Developer, Fantastic Products Solutions Ltd

Thursday 27th February

The ‘green’ list

Ecopack Stage

10:30 - 10:45

How can food manufacturers best change their packaging to fit in with the retailers environmental agenda. What sustainable films/options are available now and in development.

Dave Daniels, Sales and Technical Director, National Flexible Ltd

Avoiding the Greenwashing epidemic and creating a solid packaging strategy which avoids false claims.

Ecopack Stage

11:00 - 11:45

Chairman:

Philip Chadwick, Editor, Packaging News

Panellist:

Sarah Ottaway, Sustainability & Social Value Lead, SUEZ

Panellist:

Haulwen Nicholas, Director, The Packaging Oracle

Panellist:

David Burrows, Enviromental Writer & Researcher, Envirobuzz Editorial

Panellist:

Jo Pybus, UK Environment & Retailer Compliance Controller, ESSITY UK LTD

Panellist:

David Wilson, Managing Director, Vanden Recycling

Aspirational & Sustainable Packaging Design

Ecopack Stage

12:20 - 12:50

A brief history at Aveda’s sustainable packaging accomplishments, how we execute, recent launches and our long term vision.

Edmond Irizarry, Executive Director – Packaging Development, Aveda

Sustainable Packaging choices for a brand owner - Navigating conflicting data and priorities.

Ecopack Stage

13:00 - 13:30

Michel Steinecke, R&D sustainability packaging manager, Britvic

Plastic food packaging: a tough act to follow.

Ecopack Stage

13:35 - 13:50

 Where can plastic packaging realistically be removed from the supply chain, and what’s being done to develop solutions not currently available?

Simon Balderson, Owner, Sirane Group

The BIG Carbon Debate - In association with OPRL & Foodservice Packaging Association

Keynote - via video

Ecopack Stage

14:15 - 14:30

Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State,  DEFRA

The Big Debate - This house believes that we will fail to meet net-zero carbon targets, if we ban plastic packaging.

Ecopack Stage

14:30 - 15:45

Two teams, for and against, battle it out to persuade the audience of their view of plastic packaging. 

FOR team...

Panellist:

Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Veolia UK & Ireland

Panellist:

Margaret Bates, Executive Director, OPRL

Panellist:

Paula Chin, Sustainable Materials Specialist, WWF UK

Panellist:

Barry Turner, Director of Plastics & Flexible Packaging, British Plastics Federation

AGAINST team...

Panellist:

Robert Fell, Director & Chief Executive, MPMA

Panellist:

Tony Ryan, Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Sheffield

Panellist:

Rebecca Burgess, Chief Executive, CITY TO SEA

Panellist:

Tony Ryan, Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Sheffield

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