Packaging Innovation 2018


Plastics in Packaging

Print & Packaging

The Packaging Innovations & Luxury Packaging 2018 show was held this month and it’s no surprise that plastics in packaging – a hotly debated topic in the UK, took centre stage.

The show returned to Olympia London (12 & 13 September) and hosted the UK’s first ever plastic-free aisle, which visitors were able to explore throughout the exclusive two-day event. Did you attend the show this year?

As Britain’s first plastic-free aisle, the display showcase some of the very latest and most cutting-edge plastic-free packaging solutions. Plus, A Plastic Planet  were also introducing the ‘Plastic Free Consumer Trust Mark’; the new front of pack symbol that indicates to consumers that packaging is plastic free.

James Drake-Brockman, divisional director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, said: “We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of all the issues and challenges currently facing the packaging industry, and we are extremely excited to debut the UK’s first plastic-free aisle. The topic of sustainability is more prolific than ever, with the packaging industry increasingly under pressure to address the issue of plastics in packaging. Our role as an event is to provide packaging buyers with the information they need to make a well-informed decision that is right for their business. Part of that is showcasing what innovative alternatives to plastic are out there, which we are able to do through our partnership with A Plastic Planet.”

Also addressing the sustainability agenda, was the launch of The Big Plastics Debate 2.0, which brings experts from the entire packaging supply chain together to tackle the issue of plastic waste in packaging. Run in association with The Foodservice Packaging Association and On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL), the debate unites some of the biggest players in the industry.

Lord Deben MP, Chairman of the UK’s Independent Committee on Climate Change, was officially announced as The Big Plastics Debate keynote speaker on 12 September. Lord Deben, who was the UK’s longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment, has consistently championed an identity between environmental concerns and business sense and will explore this topic with his talk.

There was a discussion around how the Government is addressing the plastic waste issue and the likely implications that this will have for the packaging industry, featuring Phillip Chadwick, editor at Packaging News and Martin Kersh, executive director at the Foodservice Packaging Association. Coca-Cola, Sainsburys, and Church & Dwight will then take to the stage to examine the way that brands and retailers can be more responsible when it comes to the use of plastic.

On 13 September there was a Dragons’ Den style session that will see a diverse selection of plastic alternatives battling it out – including seaweed, pulp, paper, metal, bio-degradable and compostable solutions. The judges will include Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet; Peter Maddox, director at WRAP; Richard McKinlay, head of Circular Economy at Axion; David Newman, managing director of BBIA; Ian Bates, co-founder of Reelbrands and Dick Searle, chief executive of The Packaging Federation.

The Big Plastics Debate 2.0 will conclude with an interactive panel discussion, addressing the challenges around waste management. Experts from OPRL, Prismm Environmental, WRAP and Veolia will offer advice on ‘closing the loop’, as they consider solutions to ensure consumers recycle more.

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