The Sustainable Plastics Packaging conference, previously held three times in Europe, is coming to North America for the first time later this year. Plastics News Global Group is organizing the event Dec. 8-9 in Atlanta.
Set against a backdrop of extreme political and environmental pressure on the packaging sector, this conference will bring together some 20 speakers to discuss all aspects of the plastics packaging supply chain from product design to manufacture.
Blow molder Amcor Rigid Plastics, thermoformer Dordan Manufacturing Co. Inc. and extruder KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast Group are among the processors on the agenda. The lineup also includes senior officials from such firms as GreenBlue, Sustainable Minds, FirstCarbon Solutions, Netstal Machinery Inc., Innovationedge, Keller and Heckman LLP, Brandimage Desgrippes & Laga, Packaging & Technology Integrated Solutions, Packaging/Brody Inc., Plastic Technologies Inc. and Shelton Group, among others.
JoAnn Hines, an Atlanta-area consultant known as the packaging diva, also is on the program. She will assess what happens when green goes bad, such as in one high-profile case this week. In that instance, PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America Inc. unit made a change to its SunChips snack packaging because the highly touted, compostable, biodegradable, polylactic-acid bags are too noisy.
The presenters will look at what sustainability means to brand owners, retailers and packaging companies. They'll discuss the role of carbon footprinting and life-cycle analysis in packaging development and selection, explore new materials and process technologies that can reduce the environmental impact of plastics packaging production, assess the role of packaging design in ensuring sustainability targets are met, and suggest strategies for responsibly commun- icating sustainable gains to consumers.
See the agenda and register at www.sustainableplasticspackag ing.com.