Experts from probably the most international’s greatest manufacturers, together with Marks & Spencer, Pepsi Lipton and Church & Dwight Co., at the side of British Plastics Federation, A Plastic Planet and WRAP, will come in combination beneath one roof at Packaging Innovations 2019 to take on the business’s maximum contentious factor – plastics in packaging.

The Big Plastics Debate, which shall be hosted at the devoted Ecopack level, will welcome an array of business professionals to speak about the way forward for plastics and replicate at the pledges made by way of manufacturers over the past twelve months.

From Marks & Spencer’s new initiative to show non-recyclable plastic into playground apparatus, to Iceland’s a success bottle go back scheme, the problem of plastic in packaging stays prime at the media time table. Following its release in 2018, the go back of the Big Plastics Debate comes at an opportune second to reconsider the placement one-year on and additional construct at the groundwork that has been laid by way of the business.

The debate will happen throughout each days of the development, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February. Day one’s debate, chaired by way of Martin Kersh, govt director of the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA), will kick off with the Ecopack Challenge which is able to welcome six corporations to the level to provide their cutting edge sustainable packaging answers as they fight it out for the danger to paintings with Marks & Spencer, and the crown of Ecopack Challenge Winner for 2019.

This shall be adopted by way of The Big Debate, the place two groups will cross face to face to discuss whether or not plastic packaging will at all times play a basic phase in our on a regular basis lives. Delivered in a conventional debating taste, each and every speaker could have 5 mins to make their case, ahead of the talk is opened as much as questions from the ground, adopted by way of an target audience vote. The group line-ups shall be introduced subsequent week.

The round financial system shall be best of the time table at day two of the Big Plastics Debate. Chaired by way of Jane Bevis, chair of OPRL, the talk will see skilled panels take on two key spaces of the round financial system. The first debate, ‘Designing Packaging for a Circular Economy’, will welcome Andy Rees the Welsh Government’s head of waste technique, who used to be just lately awarded an OBE for services and products to the surroundings and recycling. Also becoming a member of the panel shall be Paul Day, senior packaging technologist at Church & Dwight Co., Peter Maddox, director of WRAP, RECOUP’s CEO, Stuart Foster, and Clover Abbott, international sustainable packaging supervisor at Pepsi Lipton, who will talk about what packaging designers and technologists want to imagine when designing packaging that shall be as sustainable as conceivable.

The Big Plastics Debate shall be rounded off with the ‘Recruiting Consumers for a Circular Economy’ panel, which is able to imagine how the packaging neighborhood can affect customers to switch their intake and recycling conduct to lend a hand scale back plastic waste. Joining the dialogue shall be Carole Taylor, chair of LARAC, and Jos Harrison, international design technique director at RB, with additional audio system to be introduced in a while.

James Drake-Brockman, divisional director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, commented: “Since the Big Plastics Debate introduced in 2018, we’ve got noticed many international manufacturers taking steps in opposition to developing greener packaging answers, however the problem nonetheless stays prolific, as customers and regulatory our bodies increasingly more call for extra sustainable packaging and plastic choices.

“The return of the Big Plastics Debate offers us a fantastic opportunity to bring together some of the biggest names in the industry to continue the discussion and tackle the issues our industry is currently facing, including the circular economy. The debate provides a platform for all sides of the debate, from many areas of expertise, to discuss the issue in a balanced manner. It is certainly not to be missed!”

With sustainability ultimate on the best of the time table for the packaging business, The Big Plastics Debate will sign up for a bunch of sustainability-focussed options going down on the display. New for 2019, A Plastic Planet will host the Plastic Free Aisle at the showfloor. The interactive grocery store aisle, stocked with packaging made out of biomaterials, will be offering guests a tangible perception into how grocery store cabinets would possibly glance someday. The Ecopack Stage may also function seminars from international manufacturers together with Coca-Cola, Iceland and Innocent Drinks, all discussing the manufacturers’ distinctive take at the factor of sustainable packaging.