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Alternatives to plastic debate at packaging show

Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London returns this year with new ideas, innovations and themes to explore and showcase within the packaging industry.

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Following the success of its first debate earlier this year, organisers hope The Big Plastics Debate will garner a large audience

This year introduces a new seminar programme that will run alongside the event. Visitors are invited to London Olympia to hear experts from a range of industries will explore key issues and offer professional insights into the latest research and technology in packaging solutions.


Scheduled over two days, the free seminars will focus largely on innovation in the industry and how sustainability can be achieved in packaging production. The programme takes place from September 12th-13th and will run across three stages, with dedicated forums for the food, drink, beauty and luxury markets.


The retail forum will see John Lewis, Feel Unique and Graze to name a few, focus on rebranding, eco-friendly packaging and the future of e-commerce.  Representatives from brands across all these markets will be discussing new ideas in packaging as well as the big issue of plastic and how to make packaging more environmentally-friendly. There will also feature a tech forum where experts will demonstrate how new technology is transforming packaging for the better and the role technology plays in authentication, tracking and the supply chain.

We also focus on plastics in packaging with some of the leading thinkers from across the supply chain discussing how the brands, retailer and manufacturers can tackle the issue of plastic waste


The Big Plastics debate returns to the seminar this year following its first debate at the Packing Innovations show in Birmingham earlier this year. M&S, Coca-Cola and Carlsberg are some of the big-name brands attending to deliberate how the UK government is addressing plastic waste and the impact this may have on the packaging industry. Packaging specialists from UK retailers will discuss ways in which businesses can take a responsible approach to packaging by looking at alternative materials and how to close the loop on waste management.


James Drake-Brockman is responsible for the UK packaging event portfolio at Easyfairs, who are hosting the event on behalf of Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London. He says: “The event is essential for any packaging buyers, designers or specifiers looking to discover the latest innovations and trends, or simply looking to efficiently source suppliers.”


He adds: “We also focus on plastics in packaging with some of the leading thinkers from across the supply chain discussing how the brands, retailer and manufacturers can tackle the issue of plastic waste. This includes some of the most cutting-edge alternatives to plastic such as seaweed-based packaging, compostable packaging, pulp and paper based as well as a host of other innovative materials.”

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