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Papers invited for the 2008 Australian Institute of Packaging National Conference

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Food, beverage, packaging and manufacturing industries are now invited to submit an abstract under the theme Climate of Change: Towards a sustainable packaging industry for the 2008 Australian Institute of Packaging National Conference which will be held on the 12th and 13th of June 2008 at Luna Park Sydney.

The 2008 AIP National Conference will be advancing discussions in sustainable packaging and looking at continuous improvement in the environmental performance of products through the entire life cycle from raw materials to landfill.

Areas of specific interest to highlight the integral link that sustainable packaging plays in the delivery of products to consumers will include:

  • Defining sustainable packaging
  • Life cycle analysis
  • The application of sustainability principles
  • Barriers for sustainable packaging development
  • Development of recovery systems for packaging
  • Economic, social and environmental impacts of packaging: the triple- bottom-line
  • Case studies of packaging that embodies sustainability principles
  • Practical strategies for implementation
  • Carbon Trading in 2011.

Climate of Change: Towards a sustainable packaging industry will attract delegates from all facets of the industry at both technologist and management levels (such as development, marketing, production, supply chain and logistics personnel) including equipment suppliers, raw material providers, users of packaging, retailers and consumers.

The AIP intend to break the conference into mainly breakout sessions and streams after the opening and keynote presentations.

The AIP is looking for a broad range of speakers from all areas of industry to ensure that the National Conference offers something for everyone.

Case studies and real application examples are strongly encouraged within presentations.

Topic suggestions:

  • Defining sustainable packaging
  • Packaging and greenhouse gases: the facts
  • Life cycle analysis for sustainability
  • A sustainable packaging scorecard: the Wal-Mart experience
  • Balancing sustainability and cost
  • Barriers to sustainable packaging development
  • Development of sustainable recovery systems for packaging
  • Economic, social and environmental aspects of packaging: the triple- bottom-line
  • Case studies in sustainable packaging
  • Biobased packaging and sustainability
  • Sustainable paper-based packaging
  • Sustainable glass and metal packaging
  • Synthetic Polymers: how can they be more sustainable?
  • Returnables in their many forms ie RPC’S, dollies, crates. Roll
  • Cages: as a responsible response to climate change.

Case studies in:

  • Reduce, reuse, redesign, recycle principles
  • Design and marketing VS environmental impacts
  • Flexible packaging and laminates
  • The changing technologies behind non-toxic products
  • Sustainability and the National Packaging Covenant (NPC).
  • Micro environments of sustainable packaging: design, marketing, distribution and legislation Innovations in design to reduce materials.
  • Examples of significant improvements in eco-efficiency: doing more with less.

Breakout sessions ideas could include:

  • Assessing the sustainability of your packaging
  • Sustainable recovery systems
  • Sustainable supply chains and logistics
  • Sustainable design for successful marketing
  • Sustainable packaging development
  • Developments in sustainable materials.

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