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PACKOLUTION

Donnerstag | 06.01.2022

When we started back in 2016, we wanted to change the packaging world with our disruptive digital heating systems to make it more sustainable.
Since then, we learned that it doesn’t end with the installation of our digital sealing bars on pouch-making machines or the matrix heater on thermoforming machines. Not at all; this is where it begins! We are part of a bigger movement for sustainable packaging material. We at watttron are curious to learn the different perspectives on what sustainable packaging is. This is why we’ve invited various partners from the value chain to have an open discussion about their ideas. The people we spoke with so far had very interesting views on sustainability, so we decided to record them and make a series of podcasts for a broader audience. We have some great, surprising and innovative perspectives from partners at Suez (recycler), Maag and Constantia (flexible packaging producers), but also end-users like FMCG companies and big snack producers, represented by the European Snacks Association shared their views.
We decided to call this podcast series Packolution, as this says in a nutshell what it’s about. No deep dive into technical details, no public relations for watttron or our partner. No, open, transparent and pleasant conversations on how we all can contribute to a more sustainable environment by looking at the packaging we buy.
Be part of the change and broaden your view by tuning into Packolution and let yourself be surprised. The first episode will be aired in January.
The podcast is hosted by Michaela Wachtel and Ton Knipscheer.

Donnerstag | 06.01.2022
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Episode 0

Donnerstag | 06.01.2022

A brief overview of what to expect in our podcast.

Donnerstag | 06.01.2022
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Episode 1 – Gaelle Leray / Nestlé Lausanne

Montag | 17.01.2022

The first episode of our podcast PACKOLUTION has been released.
To kick off the podcast, we talk to packaging expert Anne-Gaelle Leray, Global Packaging R&D at Nestlé Research and Development Lausanne. She is the rigid & flexible plastic packaging lead and answers substantive questions for us such as „Is a world without plastic possible?“ and „How do we handle plastics?“.

Montag | 17.01.2022
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Episode 2 – Vincent Mooij – Suez/Circpack

Freitag | 28.01.2022

A functioning recycling loop is necessary for the sustainable use of plastic. That’s why, in the second episode of PACKOLUTION, we talk to recycling expert Vincent Mooij from Suez / Circpack. He answers fundamental questions about the topic and also clears up a few myths about recycling to make the topic more tangible for consumers.

Freitag | 28.01.2022
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Episode 3 – Sebastian Emig / European Snacks Association

Freitag | 11.02.2022

The snack world is in a constant state of flux due to ever-changing industry requirements and customer demands – making snacks healthier and packaging more sustainable.
But how does that work?

Listen to Sebastian Emig, Director General of the European Snacks Association talk about the snacks industry and how they’re coping with the current challenges.

Freitag | 11.02.2022
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Episode 4 – Dr. Achim Grefenstein / Constantia

Freitag | 04.03.2022

In the fourth episode of Packolution, we talk to Achim Grefenstein from Constantia. He talks about his company’s sustainability concept and new sustainable materials and the impact they bring. He also discusses biobased vs biodegradable and how we can keep the value in the chain when it comes to packaging.

Freitag | 04.03.2022
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Episode 5 – Marcel Keuenhof / KIDV (Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging)

Freitag | 18.03.2022

In the fifth episode of PACKOLUTION we talk to Marcel Keuenhof from KIDV, the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging, about all things sustainability in the packaging world. He goes into packaging materials, greenwashing and the say-do-gap of consumers, but starts off by answering the basic question regarding the different definitions of sustainability.

Freitag | 18.03.2022
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Episode 6 – Ansgar Schonlau / Maag – Lean Management Strategy

Dienstag | 05.04.2022

Maag GmbH manufactures flexible packaging and has reinvented itself as a company in recent years when it comes to sustainability. Managing Director Ansgar Schonlau tells us in the sixth episode of PACKOLUTION all about the implemented lean management strategy and how the whole chain has to work together in order to achieve sustainability in terms of ecological, economical and social aspects. According to Maag, „good plastic“ is part of the solution.

Dienstag | 05.04.2022
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Episode 7 – Thomas Gröner / TG Packsolutions – Emotional science and the future of packaging

Freitag | 29.04.2022

In the seventh episode of PACKOLUTION, we welcome Thomas Gröner, director and founder of TG PACK SOLUTIONS as our guest. He has gained a lot of experience in his professional career in the field of mono-material solutions, material composites and pet food packaging and will talk about the hurdles and special requirements in these areas. Special attention will be given to the emotional science behind pet and baby food and he will bridge the gap to food waste. The episode will be rounded off with his outlook on what the future of the packaging world could look like.

Freitag | 29.04.2022
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Episode 8 – Ron van Hilst / Cargill – The global food giant nobody knows

Freitag | 29.04.2022

In the eighth episode of PACKOLUTION we have Ron van Hilst as our guest. He is the global packaging technology lead at Cargill, one of the world’s largest food manufacturers. 70% of supermarket products are Cargill products, yet nobody knows them. The topic of this episode is their sustainability strategy and what opportunities and hurdles there are for the different countries, as well as everything around the best before date and how transport influences the design process for packaging.

Freitag | 29.04.2022
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Episode 9 – David Katz / Plastic Bank – Social Plastic

Freitag | 13.05.2022

Plastic Bank is a social enterprise that fights poverty and ocean plastic through recycling. They are working on creating a worldwide chain of stores where everything from cooking fuel and more is available for purchase in exchange for plastic garbage – which is then sorted, shredded and sold to brands who reuse „social plastic“ in their products. Join us for our ninth episode with David Katz, founder of Plastic Bank, to learn more about their innovative way to close the loop in the circular economy.

Freitag | 13.05.2022