Tiffani Burt, Executive Director, Sealed Air
Abstract: Today, less than 10% of plastics are recycled in the US and roughly 15% in Europe of the global resin supply. Headlines highlighting the leakage of plastic waste into the environment have resulted in a sharp rise in negative sentiment associated with the utilization of plastics. As the industry rapidly pivots from a linear to a circular economy, the ability to navigate the landscape of the recycling infrastructure has proven to be challenging. Consumers are demanding recyclable plastic offerings leading to a growing need for the packaging industry to become experts in designing materials for circularity without compromising performance. Flexible packaging solutions have been optimized to meet the performance needs of critical products for food and medical applications but face significant headwinds for recyclability. This presentation will navigate the global recycling infrastructure, design for circularity of flexible packaging, multiple recycling technologies, and a case study for circularity of flexible packaging from Europe. Read Press Release.
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