The Big Plastics Debate

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
27 - 28/02/2019

The Big Plastics Debate

Where: The Ecopack Stage
When: 27th Febraury - 15:00 to 16:30 and 28th February - 14:00 to 15:30

Sustainability continues to be the focal point of the packaging industry, as brands, retailers, manufacturers and designers all strive to balance the need for practicality and cost efficiency with an ever increasing need or more eco-friendly packaging. From the Blue Planet to the Houses of Parliament, it’s a challenge that is constantly discussed and seems far from a resolution.

The Big Plastics Debate will comprise of four sessions, two on each afternoon, focusing on the key topics around the drive to reduce plastic waste. Day 1 kicks off with the Ecopack challenge which sees 6 developers of the latest cutting-edge sustainable solutions pitch their ideas in a Dragon's Den style for the chance to develop their idea with M&S, followed by a debate around the future of plastic packaging with A Plastic Planet, Heriot Watt University, BPF chaired by Food Service Packaging Association.

Day two sees a diverse expert panel including WRAP, RECOUP, Pepsi Lipton, Church & Dwight and Welsh Government share insight on what packaging technolgists need to consider to design as sustainable packaging as possible. This is followed by a discussion around influencing consumer behaviour in regards to purchasing and recycling plastic packaging with LARAC and RB.

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Ecopack Stage - Day 1

The BIG Plastics Debate

15:00 - 15:45

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The Ecopack Challenge

In association with M&S. Hear the least cutting-edge sustainable innovations battle it out in a Dragon’s Den style pitch to discover who will be crowned the 2019 Ecopack winner.

15:45 - 17:00

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The Big Debate: This house believes plastic packaging will always be fundamental to our everyday lives'

Two teams (for/against) battle is out to persuade the audience of their view of plastic packaging.

Chair: Martin Kersh, Executive Director, Foodservice Packaging Association

For: David Bucknall, Professor of Materials Chemistry, Heriot-Watt University

Barry Turner, Plastic & Flexible Packaging Group Director, British Plastics Federation

Against: Sian Sutherland, Co-Founder, A Plastic Planet

Ian Schofield, Own Label & Packaging Manager, Iceland Foods

 

Ecopack Stage - Day 2

The BIG Plastics Debate

14:30 - 15:15

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Designing packaging for a circular economy

Chair: Jane Bevis, Chair, OPRL

Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK
Stuart Foster, CEO, RECOUP
Dr. Andy Rees, Head Of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government
Paul Day, Senior Packaging Technologist, Church & Dwight Co., Inc

What do packaging designers and technologist’s need to consider when designing packaging that will be as sustainable as possible.

15:15 - 16:00

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Recruiting consumers for a circular economy

Chair: Jane Bevis, Chair, OPRL

Carole Taylor, Chair, LARAC
Jos Harrison, Global Design Strategy Director, RB
Paul Rhodes, External Affairs Manager, Greggs

How can we influence consumers to change their consumption and recycling habits, to help reduce plastic waste?