The Focal Point 2013: Frontiers in Packaging Conference will hone in on ways the industry can work to increase food container recycling and sustainability.
Chris Ritmeyer of analytical firm IPS Testing is partnering with Paul Fowler of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) to present a session. The two will present information on marketing claims and product differentiation with recyclability, repulpability and compostability.
Reitmeyer said the October 22conference (at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) stands to expand sustainability knowledge for professionals involved in food packaging.
“We've learned a lot about what it takes to develop sustainable packaging materials through our hands-on testing," he said.
Focal Point 2013 also will hone in on opportunities and obstacles for packaging and converting professionals. Programming will look at manufacturing, converting, end-use, and regulatory concerns in flexible and rigid plastics, paper board and specialty paper.
Discussion topics will cover developments in compostable packaging; recent regulations on packaging for food contact; extended producer responsibility; current developments in plastic packaging; and alternative end-of-life management options such as anaerobic digestion.