Sustainability at Luxury Packaging

Sustainability is under the spotlight like never before. Packaging professionals face the challenge of balancing the production of fit for purpose, attractive, cost effective packaging with consumer demands for sustainability. With so many differing viewpoints and facts in the public domain, we have gathered together an unrivalled collection of experts from all corners of the supply chain to help dispel the myths and misconceptions, leaving packaging professionals with a clearer view of the options available to them.


The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, set up and now runs Sancroft, a Corporate Responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues. 

Lord Deben is Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, Valpak Limited, and the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advisers Association. He was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had (1993-97). 

His sixteen years of top-level ministerial experience also include Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, Minister for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General in HM Treasury. 

He has consistently championed an identity between environmental concerns and business sense. 


Plastic free aisle

In February 2018, the world woke up to the news that the World's first Plastic Free Aisle by A Plastic Planethad opened its doors in Ekoplaza, Amsterdam.  The media attention was worldwide; from CNN to Al Jazeera, Washington Post, New York Times, BBC and Sky. The Plastic Free Aisle was created to be a catalyst for change; showing that we can package our food and drink plastic-free today, not in 5 years’ time. The Plastic Free Aisle was visited by royalty, CEOs of supermarkets and the Vice President of Europe. It has now been rolled out into each of the 74 Ekoplaza supermarkets; expanding from 640 SKUs to almost 2000.  

For the first time, A Plastic Planet will be showcasing the Plastic Free Aisle in the UK at the Packaging Innovations Trade Fair. They will be displaying examples of the plastic free materials - from fresh produce salad bags and fruit nets to tea bags and coffee capsules, meat and cheese packaging to condiments and dairy. A Plastic Planet will also be showcasing the Plastic Free Consumer Trust Mark; the new front of pack symbol that instantly informs and empowers the customer at point of purchase, telling them just one thing - this packaging is plastic free.  

A Plastic Planet is a non-profit social impact movement for change. They have one goal - to ignite and inspire the world to turn off the plastic tap. Their focus is on the dramatic reduction of the 40% of plastic produced currently used to package food and drink. Pro-business, open-source and collaborative, they work with international supermarkets and FMCG brands, representing the public interest. A Plastic Planet are also very active in lobbying Governments for policy change and legislation and have fast become the leading spokespeople of the plastic debate.

The Big Plastics Debate

5 sessions focusing on how the packaging industry can help solve the plastic waste issue.

The afternoon of the 12th September will host a discussion around legislation and the role government is playing followed by a keynote by the man Friends of the Earth described his as "the best Environment Secretary we've ever had, the Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben. The day will be rounded off with Coca-Cola, Sainsbury’s and Church & Dwight discussing how brands and retailers can take a more responsible approach to plastic.

The afternoon of the 13th September will open with a Dragon’s Den style session designed to uncover what genuine alternatives there are to plastic. A diverse selection of packaging and materials producers will pitch their alternatives to plastic to a panel of packaging, recycling and circular economy experts including A Plastic Planet, WRAP, Axion, BBIA, The Packaging Federation and ReelBrands. We finish the Big Plastic Debate with a discussion that will get to the root of the issues around recycling and identify what brands, retailers and manufacturers can do to improve recycling rates, with panellists including Veolia, OPRL, WRAP and Prismm Environmental.