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

Conference Speakers


Daniel Locke

Sr. R&D Manager, Kimberly-Clark


Mr. Locke is a Sr. Manager of a Research & Development team at Kimberly-Clark Professional with over a decade of experience in the consumer goods industry. This role is primarily responsible for our Global Wipers and Partnership Products businesses and accountable for envisioning, developing, and commercializing end-to-end global innovation that delivers competitively advantaged products to delight our consumers and deliver growth.

Locke is a passionate proponent of Kimberly-Clark's Sustainability 2030 Ambition, and our employees around the world are driven to provide the best for our customers, our consumers, and the communities where we work and live, all while minimizing the impact on our planet.

Locke's prior experiences include strategy and product development at Kimberly-Clark, engineering at Fluor Corporation, and in material research and design as a Packaging Engineer at Kimberly-Clark Professional, Smith & Nephew, and Coveris (formerly Exopack). He is a proud Clemson graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials and Packaging Science, former strategic steer co member in Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas Alliance and WWF's ReSource Plastics and Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance, and actively serves on the Board of Directors for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in Atlanta, a not-for-profit to ensure clean water for now and future generations.

Tuesday, June 18
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wiping Smart: The Rise of Sustainable Practices in the Institutional and Industrial Wipe Markets

Better Care for a Better World - Unite for Action in Wipes & Sustainability

Plastics have offered society a multitude of benefits, and we must continue to deliver or exceed our consumer's expectations or needs from our products. However, the world's ability to cope with plastic waste is being overwhelmed. We have all seen how plastics now pollute our waterways and oceans, prompting growing environmental concerns and demands from governments, NGOs, and consumers for more sustainable alternatives. Our consumers shouldn't have to choose between the essentials they rely on every day and the need and desire to care for their environment. We're working to ensure you don't have to.

We seek to challenge our traditional ways of design thinking and develop innovative materials, technologies and alternatives to traditional plastics with a smaller footprint while supporting development of a circular economy that will make more efficient use of earth's precious resources. Changing mindsets in how we see recycling as the barrier - towards the thinking and mindset that it couldn't be done was the barrier.

The RightCycle™ Program by Kimberly-Clark Professional® helps you prevent significant waste going to landfill by transforming used "waste" into new products. From apparel, respirators, eye protection, gloves, dispensers, towels and most recently, wipes!

Partnerships across the entire value chain are critical to success to drive solutions - no one company can do this alone. Our purpose of Better Care for a Better World is our call to action, challenging us to help billions of people through greater access to life's daily essentials while building on our past successes, scaling our use of efficient new technologies, and delivering solutions that address the challenges facing our planet in the decade ahead.