Day 1 - September 17
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Immersion Session: Understanding Steps to Recycling (Space is Limited)
Join us as we travel to our Material Recovery Facility and a plastic flaker and toll washer to see the recycling process first hand. We’ll then tour our iPS (Innovative Packaging Solutions) Studio in Hartsville to watch how the rPET flake is transformed into food trays.
Please wear close toed shoes for this session.
Understanding the Steps to Recycling
Materials Recovery Facilities: Sonoco - Columbia, SC
Plastics Processor: Cheraw, SC
- SE Grinders
- EZ Solutions, a toll washer of Flakes
Innovation Tour/Markets for Post Consumer Recycling Content
iPS Studio: Hartsville, SC
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Farm to Fork Dinner
We’ll take the short drive to the beautiful Kalmia Gardens for a relaxing Farm to Fork dinner to end the day. The gardens were established in the early 1930s by Mrs. David R. Coker on the land, which had become a neglected dump. Mrs. Coker made trails, dug a pond, and planted ornamental species including azaleas, camellias, tea olives (Osmanthus fragrans), and wisteria. In 1935, she opened the gardens to the public, and in 1965 she gave them to Coker College. We’ll dine near the centerpiece of the gardens, the Thomas Hart House, built in the 1820s, and the home of Hartsville’s founder. It and the gardens are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Day 2 - September 18
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Welcome & Sonoco Purpose/Opening Address
Join us for our opening address and an overview of the day's agenda.
Welcome: Marcy Thompson, Vice President of Marketing & Innovation, Sonoco
Opening Address: Rob Tiede, President & CEO, Sonoco
Sustainability Personas, Food Waste: Alicia Rudick, Global Director The Hive℠, Consumer Insights
9:50 - Noon: Food Waste and Climate Change
Join us as we demonstrate how packaging can minimize the impact of food waste on climate change. We'll also take a closer look at this in practice as we dive into the Sonoco FRESH partnership with Clemson University.
Moderator: Laura Buen Abad, Director of Technology, Transformational R & D and Sustainability at Sonoco
- Paul Hawken, Summit Keynote and author of DRAWDOWN
- Retailer, Food Waste Reduction Initiative
- Scott Gaffner, Food Waste: Ripe for Change
- Dustin Wills, Sonoco FRESH Director, Clemson University's Sonoco FRESH Initiative
Farmers Market at Drengaelen House, Coker College
Join us for a Farmer’s Market style lunch on the campus of Coker College’s Drengaelen House, located a short walk from the Summit sessions. According to Coker family tradition, Drengaelen means "among the trees."
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Ocean Plastics and the Perfect Storm
Ocean plastic debris has garnered major attention in the media and with the general public. We'll talk about how this has changed the discourse from climate impacts to a singular focus on recyclability and what that means for climate change and packaging.
Moderator: Laura Rowell, Director of Global Sustainability, Sonoco
- Chaz Miller, Sustainable Materials Management
Sustainable Materials Management
- Jennifer Ronk, Dow Sustainability Manager NA Packaging & Specialty Plastics
Understanding Marine Debris
- Kyla Fisher, Program Manager AMERIPEN
The Perfect Storm for Packaging
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.: Sustainable Packaging Innovations
Learn about our industry's investment in responsible end-of-life for plastic packaging.
Moderator: Jeff Schuetz, Staff Vice President of Global Technology, Consumer Packaging, Sonoco
- Ron Sheppard, Eastman Chemical
- Yvon Mongrain, Cascades – Sonoco
- Sara Marshall – Nova Chemical
- Greg Thibado, MSS
5:00 p.m.: Closing Comments
Rodger Fuller, Sonoco Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Packaging, Display & Packaging and Protective Solutions
5:45 - 7:30 p.m.: Closing Reception
136 East Carolina Ave
About the Summit
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Guide to Hartsville
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