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JUNE 24 - 27, 2019
The Westin Peachtree Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia

Conference Speakers


Rebecca Mick

Technical Sustainability Lead / Research Scientist, Bemis Company, Inc.

Wednesday, June 26
2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Sustainability Challenge: Throwing Plastics Away When There is No Away I

Packaging Sustainability: How the Industry is Responding to Growing Concern

As consumer awareness of the environmental impacts of plastic packaging grows, attitudes are shifting. What was once a “green myth” – the consumer willing to pay more for sustainable packaging – has become reality.

Manufacturers are also facing stricter regulatory oversight and guidelines from the government, applying greater urgency for CPGs to understand the full-circle environmental impact that their packaging platforms provide.

These influences, and others, have driven CPGs to respond with ambitious sustainability goals related to packaging. Sustainability can mean many different things, but the common focus is on end of life solutions.

In this session, Bemis will discuss sustainability impacts across the entire value chain of plastic packaging, with a special focus on the challenges related to recycling. We will review the spectrum of options to consider as you develop new products and packaging, ranging from source reduction and lightweighting all the way to advanced materials and technologies that enable waste reduction.