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This workshop-based packaging design course provides the tools and insights to deliver better packaging solutions based on taking a life cycle approach. The workshop is suitable for anyone working within the packaging value chain from designers, developers and decision makers to raw material suppliers, manufacturers, brand owners and retailers to waste management, re-processors and municipalities.

Course Content of Four Workshops

Session 1 - Why packaging optimization?
• The importance of packaging optimization for the total value chain (including e-commerce)
• Learnings from Extended Producer Responsibility in Canada and Europe.
• The PAC NEXT Way a set of core principles for efficient recovery of more packaging materials
Session 2 - Taking a Life Cycle Approach
• A common language - The Global Packaging Protocol for Sustainability
• An overview of Life Cycle Analysis tools
• LCA case study
Session 3 - Design for Recovery, Recycling and Waste Reduction
• What happens to packaging in a MRF (Material Recovery Facility)?
• Making package designs recyclable
• Smart packages that reduce waste (sometimes more packaging means less waste)
Session 4 - The Complete Life Cycle - Putting it all together
• Finding balance - optimization, sustainability and waste reduction
• How to set up and maintain a successful packaging optimization (and sustainabiltiy) strategy
• A toolkit to support designers, developers and decision makers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
8:00 a.m. - Registration
8:30 a.m. - Course start
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
4:30 p.m. - Adjournment

PAC, Packaging Consortium
1 Concorde Gate, Suite 607
Toronto, ON M3C 3N6

PAC Members: $495.00 plus HST
Non Members: $695.00 plus HST

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Contact for more information
Alan Blake
Executive Director
Lindsey Ogle
PAC, Packaging Consortium


Course presenters
Alan Blake, Executive Director, PAC NEXT
Rachel Morier, Program Manager, PAC NEXT
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