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Flexo Sustainable : Earth Day 2014
Sustainability In Packaging 2014 Conference Wrap Up The three day Sustainability in Packaging 2014 con- ference took place from March 5 – 7 in Orlando, FL . Attendees rubbed elbows with representatives of a number of high profile companies and heard from speakers touching all corners of the packaging industry. Companies in attendance to present included: • Procter & Gamble • Coca-Cola • Microsoft • Zappos • Tetra Pak • Otter Box • Waste Management • Aveda Day one began with a pair of workshops focused on delivering sustainability without compromising brand equity and providing adequate packaging information to customers. That was followed by a sustainable packaging strategies executive panel, moderated by Alan Blake of PAC Next and Laura Rowell of Sonoco Packaging and featuring: • Len Sauers, VP global sustainability at Procter & Gamble • Dave Rapaport, VP Earth and community care at Aveda • Mike Branson, founding managing partner and CEO at Pearlfisher The rest of the day featured presentations on private label supply chain, going green for babies and consumer perspec- tive on packaging and the environment. Day two included packaging type focused presentations from Innventia AB, on fiber based packaging; Otter Box, on packaging trends; Plum Organics, on using innovation for social change; Ampac Packaging, on recent trends in flexible packaging and overall market trends; Bemis, on using flexible packaging innovations to enhance sustainability; Thira Group, on resource recover; Continuous Improvement Fund, on flexible film packaging and diversion programs; and Waste Management, on flexible packaging recycling. On the third and final day, those in attendance heard discussions on extended producer responsibility and creating and maintaining a sustainable supply chain. n ing”; and “the ‘no decomposition’ scenario GWP savings are equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from over 15 million passenger vehicles or 21 coal fired power plants. ” Franklin Associates concludes by noting that plastic packaging’s environmental efficiencies, as demonstrated in its findings, are one of several ways it benefits producers and consumers. “Plastics have many properties that make them a popular choice in packaging applications,” the study says. “ Properties such as light weight, durability, flexibility, cushion- ing, and barrier properties make plastic packaging ideally suited for efficiently containing and protecting many types of products during shipment and delivery to customers without leaks, spoilage, or other damage. BEHIND THE STUDY The study was undertaken by Franklin Associates (a divi- sion of Eastern Research Group) and commissioned by The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA). In Impact Of Plastics Packag- ing On Life Cycle Energy Consumption & Greenhouse Gas Emissions In The United States And Canada, the group writes that, “the goal of the substitution analysis presented is to use life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to assess the energy consumption and GHG emissions of plastics packaging rela- tive to alternative packaging in North America.” Plastic packaging types analyzed in the study were focused on what were considered “predominant” and included: • Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) • High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) • Polypropylene (PP) • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) • Polystyrene (PS) • Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) The report was chiefly put together: • To provide stakeholders with valuable information about the relative life cycle energy and GHG impacts of plastic packaging and alternative packaging materials that might be used to substitute for plastic packaging in appli- cations in the U.S. and Canada • To communicate plastics packaging sustainability infor- mation, important for purchasing and procurement, to ACC and CPIA customers and their value chain • To provide the North American market with key regional data for plastic packaging to show plastics’ contribution to sustainable development n To view the report, click here. EARTH DAY 2014 | Sustainable FLEXO 3