State of the Industry - Session 2
10:30am - 12:00pm
Monday, October 28, 2019
Presentation 1: AF& PA Sustainability Update
"Advancing a Sustainable U.S. Pulp, Paper, Packaging, Tissue and Wood Products Manufacturing Industry"
Jerry Schwartz, Senior Director, Energy & Environmental Policy, American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)
Hear how the industry has responded to AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative and discover how to help your mill reach its sustainability goals.
The sustainability initiative includes six key goals:
Presentation 2: Circular Supply Chain
"A Closed Loop Fiber Future: A Sustainable, Circular Supply Chain"
James Schneider, Sustana Fiber Fox River Facility
Containers and packaging comprise nearly a quarter of the material reaching U.S. landfills. With the expected continued growth in packaging, consumers and sustainable, companies will continue to demand a transition from packaging material disposal to packaging material recycling and re-use. Systemic change to material sourcing of fiber is needed and coming. The breadth of packaging materials made with recycled fibers from post-consumer material continues to expand. Today, food grade packaging made with post-consumer content is growing rapidly.
The shift toward re-use of post-consumer packaging materials for reincorporation into food grade packaging is now a reality as post-consumer packaging materials are emerging as effective, sustainable alternatives.
Hear about some active initiatives to close the loop in fiber-based packaging and near-term opportunities and challenges for further development of a circular supply chain.