The Vital Partner and Catalyst

for the Packaging Value Chain

Course 4

October 24-25, 2017


Sustainability – Packaging Optimization, Life Cycle Approach, Material Recovery Facility, Circular Economy, Consumer Trends,

Setting Up for Success



This workshop-based packaging design course provides the tools and insights to deliver better packaging solutions based on taking a life cycle approach.


Learning objectives:

Business case for sustainability

Life cycle assessment and approach

Optimized packaging design for waste reduction

Recycling challenges at a Material Recovery Facility (MRF)

Applying circular economy concepts


Course Topics:

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Who should attend?

• Anyone working within the packaging value chain from designers, developers and decision makers to raw material suppliers, manufacturers, brand owners and retailers to waste management, re-processors and municipalities.


  • Packaging Optimization

    • Key drivers of packaging optimization for the total value chain

    • Extended Producer Responsibility in Canada and Europe

    • Addressing risk and cost factors

  • Life Cycle Approach

    • A common language – The Global Packaging Protocol for Sustainability

    • An overview of Life Cycle analysis tools

    • Finding balance – optimization, sustainability and waste reduction

    • LCA case study

  • Material Recovery Facility

    • What happens to packaging in a Material Recovery Facility (MRF)?

    • Design for Recycling

  • Circular Economy

    • Recap of Design for Recycling (DfR) and Design for Environment (DfE)

    • Core principles of a circular economy

    • Packaging solutions that reduce waste (sometimes more packaging means less waste)

  • Consumer Trends

    • Addressing consumer trends by segment

    • Packaging guidelines for e-commerce

    • Smart and intelligent packaging

  • Setting Up for Success

    • How to set up and maintain a successful packaging optimization (and sustainability) strategy

    • A toolkit to support designers, developers and decision makers


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