Safe & Sustainable Packaging and Materials Forum

Implementing and assessing sustainable packaging waste solutions

11 Mar 2020Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
Event Details
Your Chair

Kate Parker

Packaging Research Leader


Kate Parker is the Packaging Research Leader at Scion where she is developing new sustainable packaging materials using biomaterials. Her particular field of interest is in biopolymer foams as alternatives to expanded polystyrene, a technology which is currently being commercialised by the Biopolymer Network Ltd. The packaging program she is leading is also focused on predicting and measuring corrugated box performance, particularly in the chilled supply chain; developing biobased films; and packaging technologies which enable product traceability. Underpinning this research is Scion’s capabilities in Food contact compliance and Material compostability testing.
Featured Speakers

Shaun Lewis

Director, Mana Honohono - Investments and Partnerships

Ministry for the Environment

Mana Honohono - Investments and Partnerships Directorate works across multiple domains with our primary focus directed to land and freshwater. Key work priorities are increasing resource efficiency using circular economy approaches, remediating contaminated sites, improving freshwater quality and enabling community based environmental participation.
Case Studies

Huia Iti

Research & Development Manager


At ecostore I am responsible for the development of new products and the continuous improvement of our existing range. Ensuring that we source high grade and ethical raw materials from suppliers who are focussed on sustainability is also a large part of my role.

Terry Chen

Operations Director

Lewis Road Creamery

Sarah Jane Murray

Waste Programme & Development Manager


I blaze the Waste Minimisation trail here at EcoMatters. I am currently the team leader for all our Waste Initiatives, these include Compost Collective, Wesley Market, Humming Gardens, Adopt-A-Resource, the Waste Brokerage Project, Zero Waste Events & Love Food Hate Waste. In my spare time, I love kite surfing and hanging at my home beach of Muriwai with my dog Chilli.
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