Safe & Sustainable Packaging and Materials Forum

Implementing and assessing sustainable packaging waste solutions


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Kate Parker, Packaging Research Leader, Scion
Environmental Responsibility and Standardisation
MFE Address: New Zealand’s sustainability efforts and leadership
  • Examining New Zealand’s current recycling framework
  • How can we get the economics right – subsidisation realities
  • What is currently being done to tackle disposable packaging in New Zealand?
  • The Government support and infrastructure required for a sustainable future
Shaun Lewis, Director, Mana Honohono - Investments and Partnerships, Ministry for the Environment
No time to waste: giving sustainable policies the green thumb
  • Reviewing Auckland’s nine priority waste areas and the current National legislative changes in place
  • Examining the disposal of regional waste and recycling challenges
  • The importance of partnerships and community engagement
  • Creating an awareness of waste disposal for business projects and understanding the opportunities that come with 'designing out waste'
Sophien Brockbank, Team Leader – Strategic Planning, Auckland Council
Panel Discussion: Understanding the viewpoints and challenges faced by production managers and packaging technologists

Listen to the key insights and challenges met by industry experts in response to an increasing demand for sustainable packaging options. Better understand the guidance and legislation they require from business and Government to assist with the development of reusable and sustainable packaging materials.

  • The challenges of utilising sustainable packaging without compromising product quality
  • How can Central and Local Government provide stronger guidance for developing reusable and recyclable packaging
  • Collaboration and the importance of systems, service, and product design when developing sustainable, circular solutions
  • Shifting consumer trends and expectations to drive behaviour change
  • Who should take leadership when approaching sustainability: Business or Government?
Kelly McClean, Sustainable Packaging Project Manager, FoodStuffs NZ
Lara Jones, NPD Technologist, Life Health Foods NZ Ltd
Morning Break
Government and Business Collaboration and Convergence
Government-supported community engagement

Supported by the Auckland Council, Compost Collective is a community outreach programme which aims to educate and  encourage the community towards reducing their waste.

  • Business and Local Government convergence to create social behaviour change
  • Community engagement to drive education and dispel the misconceptions around recycling and composting
  • What role businesses and local-Government play in social responsibility
  • Is recycling a commercial solution or a public solution?
Janet Cole, Manager, Kaipātiki Project
Catherine Rosie, WasteWise Advisor – Programmes; Waste Solutions and Infrastructure & Environmental Services, Auckland Council
Composting plant-based packaging materials in New Zealand
  • The viability of city-wide public composting schemes
  • Accommodating large volumes of plant-based packaging waste
  • Integrating plant-based packaging into an organic waste system
Madelynn Kite-Bell, Production and Sustainability Manager, Innocent Packaging
Overseas product stewardship schemes: what New Zealand can learn
  • Examining over-seas Government-funded product stewardship and the implications on business processes
  • Introducing Government-accredited product stewardship schemes
  • Should product-stewardship initiatives be the responsibility of Government or Manufacturers?
Wajirani Adhihetty, Resource Efficiency & Sustainable Management, We Are You
Lunch Break
Safe and Sustainable Innovations
Circular economy & circular products: a conversation
  • Can NZ be the world’s first circular economy?
  • Circular product stewardship: what it is and what it means for NZ
  • Designing out waste in products: case studies
  • Avoid shifting burdens from across the life-cycle of a product
  • Tools to assess best circular practice for products and materials: Cradle to Cradle™ certification, LCA
Juhi Shareef, Chair, Circular Economy Accelerator Advisory Board & Sustainability & Circular Economy Manager, Vector Limited
Barbara Nebel , CEO, Thinkstep ANZ
Sustainable solutions: Revolutionising packaging and materials
  • Addressing consumer demand: using 100% recyclable and sustainable materials
  • Replacing plastic with paper – is it a commercial reality?
Alan Good, Director, The Stone Paper Company Ltd
Case Study: Eco Store’s sustainable story

At the forefront of New Zealand sustainability since 1993, Eco Store are committed to social responsibility and a sustainable future. Since 2014, Ecostore have developed 100% recyclable bottles made from sugar plastic, eliminating 28 tonnes of plastic entering New Zealand’s landfills. Hear the sustainable initiatives undertaken by Eco Store to create a circular economy and better understand the development process behind their sustainable packaging.

  • Challenges of going green: sustainability and product safety
  • The disposable plastic alternatives trialled by Eco Store and their effect on product quality
  • Ecostore’s refillable-bottle stewardship scheme
  • Examining the development process of sugar plastic packaging
  • Economic issues encountered by Eco Store
Huia Iti, Research & Development Manager, Ecostore
Afternoon Break
Quick Fires and Q&A session: Waste and recycling sector

Hear from the waste management and recycling sector as they address the misconceptions around New Zealand’s current waste disposal and recycling framework. Hear how the waste management sector is responding to the growing demand for more sustainable waste and recycling initiatives and the infrastructure needed to get there.

  • Dealing with agrichemicals and one-use synthetic materials and where to dispose of them
  • Biodegradable packaging and the resulting issues they pose to the waste management sector
  • Reviewing the proposed guidelines under the priority product stewardship scheme
  • Manufacturing to end of life: what does regulated product stewardship look like?
  • The role of technology & innovation in the waste & recycling sector 
James Muir, CEO & Director, Crunch & Flourish
Shannon Gormley, Sales And Marketing Representative, Super Trash
Harriet Callard, Collections Manager , Supertrash
Sophien Brockbank, Team Leader – Strategic Planning, Auckland Council
Case study: Lewis Road Creamery – fresh milk, not fresh plastic

Since Lewis Road Creamery’s introduction of rPET milk bottles in 2018, they have successfully eliminated 210 tonnes of fresh plastic from their packaging cycle. Committed to sustainability and environmental conservation, Lewis Road are the first dairy company to sign up to the New Zealand Plastic Packaging Declaration. Examine how Lewis Road have successfully transitioned to rPET packaging as they share their ongoing efforts towards sustainable alternatives.

  • Responding to a need for change: an in-depth examination of the rPET development and testing process
  • What was the consumer response to rPET bottles?
  • What was the effect on Lewis Road’s bottom line: is it economic?
  • The road ahead: trialling future sustainable alternatives and where to next
Terry Chen, Operations Director , Lewis Road Creamery
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
Kate Parker, Packaging Research Leader, Scion
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