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.