Available to watch on demand: edie's single-use plastics business transformation webinar
Sustainability professionals seeking insight on reducing and eliminating single-use plastics can now watch a free webinar that took place Thursday 17 January at 2pm, featuring expert speakers from A Plastic Planet, Sky and Cranswick.
The webinar heard from some of the leading businesses that have pledged to undergo radical business transformations in order to phase-out single-use plastics from products and processes.
That single-use was the official word of the year for 2018 demonstrates the seismic shift in public awareness of our plastic pollution problem. But it’s a problem that is not going away: in Britain, as much as two-thirds of all recyclable plastic packaging still ends up in landfill or being incinerated.
Yet, the fact remains that some plastics are indispensable in our modern world, and demand for plastics is actually expected to double over the next 20 years. Businesses can, therefore, find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place; committing to plastic phase-outs in response to consumer pressures whilst also trying to ensure that those phase-outs don’t lead to any unintended consequences.
This webinar, brought to you in association with waste management experts phs, combined best-practice case studies with expert insights to give you a clear way forward when it comes to eradicating single-use plastics from your operations, products and supply chain.
A Plastic Planet’s co-founder Sian Sutherland, who has been a vocal presence on national media regarding single-use plastics, appeared on the webinar to discuss how the organisation has equipped businesses with an array of solutions and projects to eliminate single-use plastics, including plastic-free shopping aisles.
Sky’s head of inspirational business & Sky Ocean Rescue Fiona Ball is confirmed for the webinar, offering insight on the broadcaster’s pledge to eliminate single-use plastics from its products operations and supply chain by 2020.
Also announced for the webinar is Cranswick's site director of Gourmet Pastry, Andy Mayer, who will outline how the premium food supplier plans to use 100% recyclable and sustainable sourced packaging and reduce plastics usage by 50% by 2025.
Finally, Maria Giovanna Sandrini, brand and communication manager of nylon manufacturer Aquafil, and presenting on behalf of sponsors phs, was on hand to explain how the group is a leader in the research of new production models for sustainable development.
Key discussion points:
- The relationship between business, policymakers and consumers on the single-use plastics issue
- Avoiding the ‘unintended consequences’ of replacing single-use plastics
- Developing new partnerships to spur innovation
- Closing the loop in your supply chain