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The transition to a circular economy is essential for preserving our planet’s natural resources and ensuring a sustainable future for the flexible packaging industry.

To achieve this, the entire packaging value chain is shifting towards recyclable solutions through Design for Circularity. By 2030, the industry must adhere to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation, which mandates recyclability based on Design for Recycling Guidelines. 

In collaboration with leading packaging value chain companies like Walki-Plasbel, Kuraray EVAL Europe, and Reckitt, Dow  is championing the development  of new products aligned with Design for Circularity principles, where Recyclass is endorsing Design for Recyclability Guidelines. 

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand Design for Recycling Guidelines and Recyclability Certifications from RecyClass 
  2. Explore Dow’s advancements in Design for Recycling and Recyclability Certification, focusing on food packaging examples
  3. Learn about Walki-Plasbel’s Lamibel® MDO structure with Recyclability Certification
  4. Familiarize yourself with Kuraray EVAL barrier products for current and future applications
  5. Gain insights into Reckitt’s integration of Design for Recyclability in their packaging

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M. Isabel Arroyo

M. Isabel Arroyo

Senior Research Scientist 
Dow

Isabel is currently serving as Dow’s EMEA Application Technology Leader for Packaging Sustainability, she is steering the technical development of new sustainable solutions. This includes leading the roll out of products such as the REVOLOOP™ Recycled Plastic Resin. Additionally, she plays a pivotal role in advancing the Design for Circularity portfolio, aligning with Dow’s ambitious 2035 goal to Close the Loop. For this purpose, she acts as the company’s focal point for everything related to certification and guideline creation. Isabel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Universidad Catolica de Chile and a Master’s in Polymer Chemistry from Simon Fraser University in Canada.  

Laurent Ziche

Laurent Ziche

Marketing Manager F&SP
Dow

Laurent is EMEA Marketing Manager for F&SP and responsible for defining and implementing the Design for Recyclability (D4R) Marketing and Innovation strategy, as well as driving the Marketing of the High-Pressure Copolymer packaging products and finally to coordinate the packaging value chain collaboration in EMEA. Laurent has over 25 years of experience in packaging (including 20 years in packaging specialty products at Dupont de Nemours) and joined Dow in 2018 with the Dow-DuPont merger. Laurent Holds an engineer Diploma from a Packaging School in France (ESIEC).

Fabrizio Di Gregorio

Fabrizio Di Gregorio

Technical Director
Plastics Recyclers Europe

Fabrizio Di Gregorio received an Honors Degree in Environmental Science and Technology and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Naples. He spent 10 years as researcher and lecturer at the University of Naples in mechanical, chemical and biochemical processes, as well as in life cycle assessment. He was invited lecturer at the Denmark Technology University and at the Technology University of Wien. He spent 2 years as R&D manager at CONAI, the Italian EPR scheme. Currently he is Technical Director of Plastics Recyclers Europe and Head of RecyClass, a technical value chain initiative. With its scientific-based approach RecyClass is supporting the plastic value chain in advancing on recyclability and recycled content.

Juan Angel Ruiz

Juan Angel Ruiz

Technical Service & Development PE-Flexible Packaging
Walki - Plasbel

Holding a dual Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Food Science & Technology, Juan Ángel began his plastics industry career as a Quality Manager before moving into R&D, where he has been Plasbel’s R&D Manager for over a decade. He has led the shift towards sustainability, significantly updating Plasbel’s product formulations to primarily use recycled polyethylene (rPE). Juan Ángel has also been instrumental in advancing flexible packaging, focusing on mono-material PE solutions and incorporating Machine Direction Orientation (MDO) technology. Since joining Walki in 2021, he has taken on a role in Technical Service & Development (TS&D) within the PE-Flexible Packaging sector.

Wout Luyten

Wout Luyten

Technical Service Director
Kuraray EVAL Europe

Wout is currently Technical Service Director with Kuraray EVAL Europe. Before joining Kuraray he worked at Shell Chemicals and LyondellBasell. He has over 25 years of experience in the polymer industry. His expertise concerns basic research and technical service as well as product, market and applicational development activities in polyolefin and EVOH business. Wout received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 1994.

Kris Renwick

Kris Renwick

Sustainability Packaging Strategy Manager
Reckitt

Kris Renwick is Sustainability Pack Strategy Manager at Reckitt, home to the world’s most loved and trusted hygiene, health and nutrition brands. With more than 10 years’ experience in packaging development roles, Kris is now working across the Reckitt global portfolio of brands, tasked with embedding sustainability within the business through capability development & processes, building and strengthening partnerships with key customers and organisations, and driving progress towards Reckitt’s publicly stated sustainability ambitions.

 

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