50th Anniversary of Earth Day
Sustainable Packaging Solutions Webinar
When: April 28, 2020
12:00 – 12:45 PM EDT / 11:00 – 11:45 AM CDT / 10:00 – 10:45 AM MDT / 9:00 – 9:45 AM PDT
Where: Zoom online videoconferencing
Subject Track: Sales & Marketing & Distribution; Manufacturing
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, join Naturally Austin and Naturally Boulder for a webinar in three parts focusing on natural brands and sustainability. Join us for one session or all three! (Please note that each requires separate registration.)
We will start with one of the biggest impacts in our industry: packaging. What options are available and what should CPG companies large and small be thinking about to ensure they are protecting the planet? To register click here
In the second installment of our series, we will hear from industry experts about how to authentically message your brand, create effective packaging, and share your unique voice on your website and through social media channels. To register click here
The final session in our series features a keynote from Jason Jones. Jason is an entrepreneur and executive with a passion for upgrading our food industry from the inside. His specialties include conceptualizing disruptive brands and products, and assembling the capability to drive rapid growth. He was founding President of Vital Farms Inc., at one time the #1 fastest growing food and beverage company according to Inc. Magazine. Vital Farms changed grocery shelves nationwide through their pioneering approach to quality food through animal welfare. To register click here
Please be advised that these are three separate “events” and you will need to register for each one to receive the proper Zoom link. Below is the information for Session 1: Sustainable Packaging Solutions.
Sustainable Packaging Solutions
Moderated by Aimy Steadman
10:00 – 10:45 AM MDT
- Regional Sales Executive, ePac, Peter Mohr
- Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association, Alyssa Harding
- Policy and Research Director at Eco-Cycle, Kate Bailey
- Packaging Circularity Manager at Danone, Carolyn Klindt
- We Grow Green Tech, Helene Thibieroz
Meet the Panelists
Kate Bailey is the Policy and Research Director for Eco-Cycle, based in Boulder, Colorado. Eco-Cycle is one of the oldest and largest non-profit recycling organizations in the world and has 44 years of hands-on experience with nearly every aspect of the recycling system, including hauling materials, MRF operations, education and outreach programs, local and state legislation, advocacy, and hard-to-recycle material collections.
Alyssa Harding is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association. She has an educational foundation in agricultural ecology, a pending master’s degree in Environmental Policy, and a strong personal mission to drive institutional change through sustainability. She previously managed Corporate Responsibility at Justin’s, a Boulder-based nut butter company, where she built the company’s sustainability and philanthropic programs from the ground up, incorporating a local, state and national focus for each effort to deliver on the organization’s triple bottom line. Before Justin’s, she worked in the environmental sector for Colorado-based water conservation non-profits on the 1% for the Colorado River Plan, and also spent time working in the solar industry developing renewable energy infrastructure in Denver. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of both Naturally Boulder and the Climate Collaborative, and has published articles with PowerHouse Growers, educating readers about food security and sustainable agricultural solutions.
Carolyn Klindt is the Packaging Circularity Manager for Danone North America, a top 15 food and beverage company in the U.S. and the largest Certified B Corporation® in the world. Carolyn is helping to lead the effort around accelerating the transition from a linear to a circular approach for product packaging, where packaging that is made is reused or recycled continuously. Prior to joining Danone North America, Carolyn led packaging development for WhiteWave Foods, Dean Foods and ConAgra Foods across a multitude of food and beverage brands over the span of 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Packaging from Michigan State University and recently completed her MBA at the University of Denver.
Peter Mohr is a Regional Sales Executive at ePac Boulder serving local and regional brands with pre-media, digital printing, laminating, and pouch making services for natural and organic food brands. ePac’s sustainable initiatives and the company’s poise for disruption attracted him to the food packaging industry. Peter’s introduction into the natural products industry began with Naturally Boulder as the organization’s second hire. He’s continued to foster community throughout Colorado by his continued involvement volunteering with Naturally Boulder as well as joining the Board of Directors of Colorado Food Works where he continues to connect entrepreneurs to resources, needed connections, and business solutions.
Aimy is a Co-Founder and COO at Future Proof Brands, creators of BeatBox Party Punch, Brizzy Seltzer Cocktails, and Corkless Canned Wines. Future Proof is a disruptor in the beverage alcohol market that develops powerful brands that drive incremental profit in high-growth categories. A “double-Longhorn,” Steadman earned both her B.S. in Advertising and M.B.A. in entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Austin. Steadman’s past experience included working in online marketing at agencies and in-house at the Central Texas Food Bank; running her own online marketing agency; and helping run the UT-based start-up incubator, Texas Venture Labs. Steadman also DJ’d for KVRX Austin 91.7 FM from 2006-08 and again in 2011. In 2011, together with and her friends Brad Schultz and Justin Fenchel, Steadman founded BeatBox Beverages, LLC. The company received national recognition after a 2014 appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, during which the company received a $1M investment from Mark Cuban, his largest to date at the time. A Series A round of financing added another $4.7M to their war chest, and celebrity involvement from Kevin Lyman, founder of Vans Warped Tour; DJs GTA, Party Favor, and Cut Snake; and TV personality and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek.
Helene Thibieroz is the founder of We Grow Green Tech, a benefit corporation with a mission of helping scaling green technology solutions for a better future. As a technologist and business entrepreneuer who thrives on solving comple puzzles unifying technology, business and environment, she strongly believes technology can be successfully applied to create practical solutions to shape a better future. She is currently focusing on accelerating growth of green technology early-stage companies with a focus on plant-based economy and mentors/advises at several world leading accelerators and universities.
How do online events work?
Participants will be able to see and hear the presenters, but participants’ cameras won’t be on, and their mics will be muted. Participants will be able to type questions via the Chat box.
If you have used Zoom previously but not recently, you may want to make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version for optimal results. Click here for specific instructions on how to proceed. While you can access Zoom via your computer’s browser (Chrome is preferred) without creating an account, you may have a better experience if you download the Zoom interface to your computer and log into your free account. The Zoom app is also available for your smartphone. Note that the quality of the Webinar will fluctuate both based on your internet connection and that of the presenters.