Hyatt Regency Minneapolis   |   Minneapolis, Minnesota   |   June 17-20, 2024

Conference Speakers


Shannon Pinc

Sr. Circular Economy Manager, NatureWorks LLC


Shannon Pinc is the Sr. Circular Economy Manager for NatureWorks, a global biopolymer supplier. Her interest in managing natural resources and maintaining them for future generations led her to complete a B.A. in Biology from St. Catherine’s University and a M.S. in Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Shannon’s role is to partner with stakeholders across the entire value chain to ensure sustainable, circular, end-of-use management of products made with NatureWorks biopolymers. She is also responsible for legislative and advocacy efforts for the biopolymer industry and adjacent industries. Shannon currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) and the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).
Thursday, June 20
9:00 am - 11:15 am
Recycling & Regulations

US Environmental Policy and Circularity

The US is being influenced by the EU’s Plastics Strategy that was launched by the European Commission in 2018 with a goal to transform the way plastic products are designed, produced, used, and recycled. Globally there is increased concern about climate change, safer chemicals, and plastic pollution. This presentation will cover some of the US policies that are working to address these concerns, highlight renewed interest in biobased materials and products, and connect these to aspects of the hygiene industry.