The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), in conjunction with SPE, ran a technical dinner for over 120 people in Melbourne in early May that discussed the Future of Soft Plastics.

Both the AIP and the SPE, along with their many industry members, are concerned about current discussions and challenges directed at ‘single use plastic’ packaging and this dinner was designed to guide the attendees to better understand the current and true state-of-play with Soft Plastics in Australia.

Post_VIC_Soft_Plastics_May2019_1_400pxDiscussions included understanding the issues surrounding Soft Plastics and the important benefits this packaging format brings (food safety, convenience and reducing food waste).  Speakers provided insights into some of the excellent initiatives that are already underway in the country to effectively recycle this packaging format.

The technical dinner focussed on soft plastics and the current recycling programs being undertaken and the evening aimed to challenge the industry to be more involved in promoting a better understanding of the benefits and opportunities for soft plastics.

Speakers included: Fiona Baxter, Coles Group Manager Responsible Sourcing, Coles, Peter Tamblyn, Sales & Marketing Manager Asia Pacific, Close the Loop, Mark Jacobson, Marketing Director, Replas, Elizabeth Kasell, Director of Development, REDCycle and Anthony Peyton MAIP, Director, PREP Design. Keith Chessell FAIP, AIP Board member, APCO facilitated the evening.

The NSW branch will be running a similar event on the 17th of June – click here for details.