Recycling & Packaging: Where do they meet? - Circular Economy & Waste, Get Wasted Session 5


This is the 5th event of our pressing "Get Wasted" series on 'Circular Economy & Waste Management' in Asia.

Through talks and invigorating panel discussions featuring Corporates and Social Entrepreneurs, this will be the 5th event of a pressing series on 'Circular Economy & Waste Management' in Asia focusing on PACKAGING DESIGN, MATERIAL CHOICE & RECYCLING RATES.


Of the 311 million tonnes of plastic produced each year, a whopping 26% is used in packaging. After a short use, often only a single use, more than 95% is not recycled!

With growing urbanization these numbers are set to grow exponentially - the average Indian consumes 11kg of plastic each year while the average American consumes over a 100 kgs each year.

What about Bio Plastic? Biodegradable Plastic? Bio Benign plastic? Are they really better? As businesses explore alternatives to plastic, we have yet to arrive at the perfect solution that addresses the different parameters of cost & function as well as recyclability & harm due to leakage.

Metal, paper and glass also present their own challenges, especially when even countries with the best recycling rates barely touch 50%.

Our speakers will focus on packaging design, material choice and how those influence collection & recycling rates through an interactive presentation, case studies and open discussion.

This session aims to shed light on the current packaging situation in the world and especially in Asia, to look what are the different options to both reduce the amount of packaging produced each year & to ensure that packaging is sustainable. It will be the occasion to dive into current topical debates such as the bio-based vs. plastic-based packaging OR recyclability properties claimed by companies vs. what is really being recycled OR current strategy attempts such as "take-back" system.

We look forward to stimulating discussions not only on packaging design, material choice and encourage companies to use sustainable packaging!

  • Packaging reality in the world, Asia & in Singapore.
  • Understand the packaging value chain.
  • The different packaging types (biodegradable, compostable, plastic, flexibles etc.) and their potential for reuse / recycle.
  • Understand top sustainability mistakes when it comes to packaging in Asia.
  • Focus on the difference between biodegradable/ compostable/ plant-based packaging and plastic-based packaging.
  • Understand case studies & innovations happening in Singapore and the world - ie. Dole Food Labelling, Danone, Unilever.
  • 6.30pm ~ Introduction + Icebreaker
  • 7.00pm ~ Welcome from our partner the Global Compact Network Singapore by Wilson Ang, Executive Director
  • 7.05pm ~ Ashwin Subramaniam, CEO & Founder at Gone Adventurin
  • 7.20pm ~ Ian Hayes, Packaging Director at GlaxoSmithKline
  • 7.35pm ~ Amita Chaudhury - Regional Director, Sustainable Business, SEA & Australasia at Unilever
  • 7.50pm ~ Q&A session and Panel Discussion
  • 8.30pm ~ Networking
She is working with the Unilever SEAA board, markets and category teams to build an integrated agenda for sustainability led business value through brands and business models and reduction in environmental impact focusing on post-consumer waste. In her role, she is helping to identify and support the implementation of programs in markets that will help build a brighter future for the planet and the communities Unilever serves while delivering stronger business growth.

A results-oriented and innovative leader who has worked exclusively within the food and pharmaceutical industries for more than 20 years across the Asia Pacific region, Ian possesses a range of experience encompassing broad management of programs and teams, strategy development, sales & marketing/business development, budget setting/planning and innovation programs. He has led teams to develop career path programs for Asia Pacific R&D organisations. Has detailed knowledge of Asia Pacific packaging industry and heightened awareness of all aspects in successfully engaging across a diversity of countries and cultures.

Ashwin has led Gone Adventurin’s Waste Management and Circular Economy projects in India, Indonesia and Philippines with various MNC’s. He is passionate about the business opportunities in solving social and environmental challenges, and in contributing to the Singapore community. He led AIESEC in Singapore during university years and co-founded a community farm in Yio Chu Kang with his wife & neighbours. Outside of social business, he is a keen adventurer and cyclist, practices mindfulness and is always curious about earth sciences & the relationship between humans and our natural world.

Wilson holds a Masters in Diplomacy from the University of Oxford. Over the last 10 years, he has held several appointments with expansive portfolios ranging serving on various national, regional and global boards. He believes the only way to create a better planet for human survivability is for every individual to take responsibility for their own actions by being more conscious about daily choices in consumption habits. He also hopes to create 10,000 green jobs through working with the people, private and public sectors.

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Thu Nov 9, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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