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Cleaning Products US 2019 | Day 3

Day 3 | October 3rd, 2019

Session VII: The Plastics Problem

Across the globe, and particularly in America we are generating more plastic waste than ever and very little of it gets recycled.  Contributing to health issues in humans, animals and the environment along with litter in our cities, waterways and oceans, hear more about how the supply chain is responding, and working together to come up with solutions. material suppliers are responding. 

  1. The Concern for Plastics in the Environment and Supplying Raw Materials

    Jeff Wooster | Global Sustainability Director of Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics

    The Dow Chemical Company has a public initiative to reduce plastics in the environment while supplying raw materials and ingredients with caution and care.  Hear about how they are pivoting their business model towards making the world a better place due to their concern for plastics and the environment.

  2. Case study: What we can learn from Terracycle’s strategic partnerships to promote the Circular Economy

    Brett Stevens | Global VP of Material Sales & Procurement of TerraCycle

    Focused on sustainability, environmental issues and the circular economy, Terracycle’s partnership with P&G set the stage towards a more sustainable future with many major more consumer product good companies following suit.  Learn more about the partnership Terracycle had with P&G to use ocean plastics and recycled content to create bottles.

  3. A Scientific and Regulatory Perspective on the Environmental Position of PVA-based Water Soluble Films used in Home and Fabric Care

    Dr. Yash Parulekar | Global Product Strategy and Stewardship of MonoSol, LLC, a Kuraray Division

    Poly-vinyl Alcohol (PVA) based water-soluble film technologies have enabled the introduction and subsequent exponential growth of unit-dose pouches and tablets in the home-care and fabric-care sector around the world. At the same time, increased public, government and NGO attention has placed heightened attention on plastics and polymers of all kinds. This presentation will clarify the environmental profile of PVA water-soluble films, including end-of-life in aqueous systems. Based on a survey of scientific literature, the presentation will demonstrate that PVA water-soluble films dissolve in water, biodegrade, and do not persist in the environment nor contribute to micro-plastic pollution and that brand owners, retailers, and consumers can use these products with confidence in their environmental profile.

  4. Networking Break

  5. P&G’s Global Commitment to Reduce Plastics

    Brent M. Heist | Section Head, Packaging Sustainability of Procter & Gamble

    In April 2018, P&G included several global goals for packaging, including 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2030.  P&G has also committed to reduce their global use of virgin petroleum plastic in our packaging by 50% by 2030.  Hear an update regarding this goal including current challenges and how P&G is getting there, from light weighting, increasing their use of recycled plastic, driving conversion to more concentrated product forms (e.g., Tide PODS), and when it makes sense, using alternative materials. The plan is to avoid the use of over 300,000 tons of virgin plastic.

  6. Packaging Waste and Plastic Reduction Action in Latin America

    Antonio Calcagnotto | Head of Corporate Affairs at UNILEVER Brazil & President of ALIADA (LATAM) of ABIPLA and ALIADA

    Hear about the new requirements requested for packaging waste and plastic reduction in Latin American market.

  7. Beyond Natural: Ingredient Sourcing from Surprising Places

    Amanda Weeks | Co-Founder and CEO of Ambrosia

    As we progress beyond linear modes of production, we create the potential to recover resources without depleting the environment. By digging into this treasure trove we can discover value in unexpected places. This presentation explains how one company is manufacturing a cleaning product with materials sourced entirely from the bio-economy. Even the water used to make the product has been recovered from food scraps. This give a whole new meaning to “cleaning up food waste”. 

  8. Panel Discussion: Beyond the Three R’s: Exploring new tools, models and chemistries for solving plastic waste

    Moderator: Steve Block, Director, Marketing & Business Development, Elevance Renewable Sciences


    • Brent Heist, Section Head – Packaging and Sustainability, Procter & Gamble
    • Matthew Vander Laan, Head of Corporate and Public Affiars, MonoSol, LLC, a Kuraray Division
    • Brett Stevens, Global VP, Material Sales & Procurement, TerraCycle US, LLC
    • Jeff Wooster, Global Sustainability Director, The Dow Chemical Company

    What is the consumer perception versus reality when considering films? 
    What alternatives to plastics are options today?  What could be options in the future?
    What are the industry opportunities moving forward?
    With WalMart asking all of their private labels to move towards films versus plastics, how do you see the industry responding ? Will there be a movement to change?

  9. Closing Remarks