Keeping It Fresh, Sustainably: How Flexible Packaging Reduces Food Waste

Joseph Priestley Society
Thursday, November 11, 2021
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST (UTC -5)

Join us for a virtual “fireside chat”-style discussion about flexible food packaging led by the Joseph Priestley Society’s Bob Kenworthy.

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Dow ad for metalam food packaging 1963

Metalam Makes Your Meal Complete, advertisement for the Dobeckmun Company’s film-and-foil food packaging, 1963.

Science History Institute

Flexible packaging is the sustainability hero of the processed food industry, keeping food fresh longer while using less material and fewer resources to do so. The general public regards food packaging material as waste and sees only the recycling of rigid metal, glass, and plastic cans and bottles as a way of reducing that waste. Still, 20 percent of the total volume of landfill waste in the United States is food itself. Flexible packaging not only reduces food waste from spoilage, but it also improves food security and increases sustainability. This discussion will highlight innovative food packaging made from modern materials.
 

Speakers

  • Evan Arnold
    VP of Business Development
    Glenroy, Inc.
     
  • Scott Hammer
    Director of Corporate Sustainability
    Charter Next Generation, Inc.
     
  • Bob Kenworthy
    Committee Member
    Joseph Priestley Society
     
  • Salvatore Pellingra
    VP of Global Application and Innovation Development
    ProAmPac
     

About the Series

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) promotes a deeper understanding of science, technology, and industry, with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. Speakers are leaders from a wide variety of large and small chemical companies and the financial, consulting, and academic communities.
 

For more information about this event, please contact jps@sciencehistory.org.