Where: The Main Stage
When: 12 September - 15:00 to 16:30 and 13 September - 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. RT HON Lord Deben, described by Friends of the Earth as "the best Environment Secretary we've ever had" will be speaking as Keynote. Day 1 starts with a look at the Government’s role and likely course of action following the recent consultations, followed by a discussion including Coca-Cola around taking a more responsible approach to plastic. Day two sees a diverse expert panel including A Plastic Planet, WRAP, Axion, ReelBrands and The Packaging Federation take on the role of Dragons as a selection alternative and cutting-edge materials are pitched, and questioned, in a no holds barred showdown. This is followed by a discussion around recycling and waste management with WRAP, OPRL, Prismm, Veolia and Church & Dwight.