Sustainability at Packaging Innovations

Leading the green revolution

With an unparalleled level of public interest, government action and media scrutiny, sustainability in packaging has been drawn to the forefront of the national agenda.While the packaging industry has been hard at work for years now developing eco-friendly packaging solutions, this current nexus of interest provides an unprecedented opportunity to increase public engagement, create meaningful legislation, and roll out sustainable packaging solutions that will change our future for the better.

In response to this, Packaging Innovations 2018 will boast a wide range of features aimed at exploring the trends, challenges and solutions for the sustainable packaging problem, and bring together world's leading brands, retailers and packaging suppliers to help solve the packaging issue of our time.

Plastics debate

The Food Forum presents: The BIG Plastics Debate

28 February, Industry Forum Stage
In an effort to combat plastic waste output and lead the UK into a circular economy, the UK's top brands and retailers have announced ambitious targets regarding their packaging, and we've got them all here to share with you just how they hope to achieve that. With an unparalleled line-up, The BIG Plastics Debate is leading the discussion on the future of plastic packaging, and is not to be missed!

15:00 - 15:05


Josh Brooks, Business Development Director - Packaging, Easyfairs

Josh Brooks


15:05 - 15:30

The Government's 25-year environment ambitions

Martin Kersh, Executive Director, Foodservice Packaging Associations

Martin Kersh


15:30 - 16:10

Iceland: our plastic-free own-label future

Ian Schofield, Own-Label & Packaging Manager, Iceland

Ian Schofield


16:10 - 17:00

Panel session: How food retailers and brands owners are responding to the plastics challenge

Chair: Josh Brooks, Business Development Director - Packaging, Easyfairs

Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager, Co-op

Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners

Shane Monkman, Head of Procurement, Packaging & Operations, Asda

Kevin Vyse, Senior Packaging Technologist & Circular Economy Lead, M&S

Food Forum speaker images
Plastics speakers 2


17:00 - 17:15

Audience Q&A with the panel

Ecopack Challenge

After a flood of submissions our panel of judges are decided on a shortlist of innovative solutions, services or products that have strong sustainable qualities and bolster the circular economy. Make sure you join us on the Ecopack Stage to witness the finalists present to a Dragons Den style panel of judges before they decide on the coveted title of 'Most sustainable solution'.

13:30, 28 February, Ecopack Stage

Floral Street


From: James Cropper 3D Products

COLOURFORM™ packaging is made from 100 per cent renewable natural wood fibres from well managed forests and high-quality content from James Cropper’s own world-class recycling plant. The beauty of COLOURFORM™ lies in its boundless creativity and absolute freedom when it comes to colour, shape, texture, finish and functionality.


Cupclub Service

From: Cupclub

Seven million disposable cups are used in the UK every day. Only 1% are recycled. Cupclub is a reusable packaging service for food and beverage that helps brands and retailers reduce single-use plastic packaging by up to 40% through trackable products and an in-built loyalty scheme.



From: Smart Planet Technologies

The new coating called EarthCoating is used in paperboard packaging such as paper cups and takeaway boxes to ensure they are recyclable. The coating is used in reCUP, the UK's first commercially-available paper cup engineered to be processable universally in traditional paper recycling systems like uncoated paperboards. 



From: Rapid Action Packaging

EasyPeel (FreshPack) is a peelable polymer that ensures easy recyclability. While the cardboard element of sandwich packaging can be recycled, we found that customers and processors were having difficulty separating the cardboard from the film of the pack - EasyPeel solves this issue whilst using fewer resources.



From: Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research

Our biodegradable bioORMOCER® coatings provide a key to compostable multi-layer packaging. These hybrid glass/polymer lacquers for superior gas and vapour barrier coatings combine the key properties: high transparency, hardness, chemical and thermal stability; low processing temperatures, high functionality, toughness, flexibility and easily processable and upscalable.


VTT Biobased Material Solution for Food Packaging

From: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

VTT’s Holy Grail: 100 % renewable and compostable material solution that provides an environmentally benign alternative for multi-layered plastic packages for food packaging applications. 

Ecopack Stage

The Ecopack Stage

Sustainability in packaging has been pushed to the forefront of the public consciousness like never before. This issue will no doubt drive immeasurable change in the packaging industry, so we've gathered leading brands and experts to share their insight into how visitors can face these challenges head on, and benefit from the opportunities that the sustainable agenda will bring.

The Sustainability Wall

Our professional scribbler is back to put a fresh spin on an old favourite. The revamped Sustainability Wall will enable visitors share their thoughts on sustainable packaging, recycling and the circular economy, and see them sketched into art-reality! Be sure to come back at the end of each day to see the grand tapestry of forward thinking ideas!

Innovation Wall
Sustainability trail

The Sustainability Trail

To move the industry towards a circular economy, sustainable approaches are required at every stage of the packaging process. That's why our suppliers have put themselves forward to showcase the innovative eco-friendly solutions they provide that span the range of the packaging supply chain, from design to machinery. Look out for them in the show guide, and discover how you can lower your next products carbon foot print.