Sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty 101

Monday, May 20th
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Sustainability...it's a lengthy, six-syllable word that has only been around since the early 1970's and can have many interpretations. Since its introduction, the concept has gone from fringe to mainstream, yet the definition can still be "elusive" and "vague." In this half-day course, industry experts will discuss what sustainability means for plastics, including exploring the principles of triple bottom line, goal setting, benchmarking, sustainability reporting, standards, alternative materials and emerging technologies that are helping us bridge the gap to reduce impacts on manufacturing and products throughout their life. Whether you are new to the plastics industry, new to a sustainability role within your company, or a seasoned sustainability professional who'd like to brush up on leading sustainability trends, this course has something for everyone. 

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Welcome and Keynote

Tuesday, May 21st
9:00am to 10:00am
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Opening Plenary

Tuesday, May 21st
10:30am to 12:00pm
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Using Additives to Expand the Horizons for Recycling

Tuesday, May 21st
1:30pm to 3:00pm

Additives are one of the newest tools being used to advance the use of recycled plastics in new products. These materials can shift and enhance certain properties of recycled materials, unlocking new opportunities for use in end-markets where recycled plastics were not previously welcome. 

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Striving for Zero Net Waste in Manufacturing

Tuesday, May 21st
1:30pm to 3:00pm

Manufacturing byproducts are often overlooked as a potential revenue stream, or feedstock for plastics operations. In this session, learn how to manage your company's byproducts as a resource from leading companies that are achieving maximum diversion in manufacturing-from how they garnered support from management and employees, to how they selected their vendors and everything in between, this session will provide very attendee with the insights they need to create a formula for success. 

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Advances in Food Packaging

Tuesday, May 21st
3:30pm to 5:00pm

Food packaging performs a number of important jobs, from ensuring food safety to extending product shelf life and reducing food waste. This session will explore new materials and methods that are enhancing the positive environmental impact of food packaging. 

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Sustainable Innovations in 3D Printing

Tuesday, May 21st
3:30pm to 5:00pm

We are just beginning to understand the potential of how additive manufacturing will change the structure of manufacturing and consumption. This session will explore how sustainability intersects with this new technology, including how recycled content can be brought into the additive manufacturing process for even greater environmental benefits. 

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Automotive Manufacturing: A Case Study in Greening the Supply Chain

Wednesday, May 22nd
9:00am to 10:30am

The automotive industry is the second largest manufacturing sector in the U.S. The entire industry is also making some extremely large commitments to using innovative materials to green their supply chain. This session will explore the commitments being made and how plastics suppliers are responding with innovative solutions to help the automotive industry meet its goals. 

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Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, May 22nd
11:00am to 12:30pm
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Closing Plenary

Wednesday, May 22nd
1:30pm to 2:30pm
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