Packaging & Consumer Goods
At Plastic Free World Conference & Expo in Europe, we welcomed global brands such as IKEA, Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal, Unilever, Microsoft and Schwarz Gruppe, to name a few – all companies aggressively trying to close the loop on their plastic usage by looking into alternative materials for their products. There has undoubtedly been some progress, yet there are still calls from governments and consumers for the global packaging industry to eliminate single-use and unnecessary plastics and it remains clear that clean-up operations and recycling efforts are not enough. In this two-day session, we will explore in detail the new innovations in design, bio-based materials and manufacturing solutions that will help the North American packaging industry and retailers create products and solutions that are readily recyclable, re-usable, 100% biodegradable and compostable.
Plastic has become the ultimate material for creating food-grade packaging and catering solutions but it has also become a major contributor to our global plastic crisis – this is something that companies such as Coca-Cola, Danone, Red Bull and Nestlé (who attended our European event) clearly want to reverse. But packaging and solutions for food can be made from a wide variety of polymers, which often makes them difficult to recycle. What is becoming clear is that the problem is too big for recycling alone, and with more and more governments and consumers around the world calling for a complete ban on single-use plastic, it is clear that the industry must find innovative and alternative solutions. This is especially the case in North America.
In this stream, we will bring the entire industry supply chain together to create and design products and catering solutions that will meet food and beverage manufacturers requirements, while eliminating unnecessary plastics, introduce the use of new bio-based materials, and test them to ensure they are more easily recyclable, reusable or 100% biodegradable.
25+ Speakers, 2-Day Conference Track