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The Packaging Challenge Workshop: Towards Packaging Waste Circularity Solutions for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry


Sep 15 2022


(Australian Eastern Standard Time)
9:30 am - 12:00 pm




Hosted by Accord Australasia, the peak body for the hygiene, personal care and specialty products industry.

The packaging space in Australia is abuzz. We have National Packaging Targets. A National Plastics Plan. And states and territories have their eyes firmly fixed on ‘problematic plastic packaging’.

How is your business responding to these developments? In what future directions will we be expected to head? Are you worried that all forms of plastics may be on the hit list or simply that the changes are coming too fast to keep up with?

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on the importance of cleaning and hygiene. But companies in this product space have another opportunity to stand out as examples of proactive and responsible product stewardship through the packaging choices they make. And these will influence customers.

The Packaging Challenge is a sector-specific deep-dive into this highly topical sustainability issue for the cleaning and hygiene products industry.

In this special workshop you will:

  • Gain unique insights into the cleaning and hygiene sector’s current packaging use
  • Hear about proposed industry-led initiatives to drive packaging sustainability improvements for the cleaning and hygiene products industry
  • Get insider knowledge on the place of recycling in a circular economy for packaging waste
  • Learn from experts across the packaging supply chain on innovations for circularity, including through packaging design, materials and feedstock choices
  • Hear packaging case studies from those in the supply chain, including raw material suppliers
  • Learn how to communicate your achievements in sustainable packaging.


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This workshop is part of the ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo, which will be held on 14-15 September 2022 at ICC Sydney. For more information about the Expo, visit https://issacleaninghygieneexpo.com/.

Interested in registering a large group?
For inquries about group ordering, please contact the event organizer.

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  • Jennifer Semple
    Jennifer Semple
    Manager, Sustainability & Education Programs, Accord Australasia

    Jen Semple supports Accord’s communications, public affairs, innovation and sustainability initiatives. She is actively involved in Accord’s packaging work, including compiling data-based insights on industry’s packaging practices and involvement in industry-led initiatives to drive packaging sustainability improvements. Jen is a science communicator who unites experience as a research chemist with a passion for science education. Her qualifications include a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of New England. Her work experience includes positions as a Research Associate at the University of NSW and a post-doctoral Research Officer with the University of Sydney. Prior to joining Accord, Jen commenced building her career as a science communicator through freelance writing for Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

  • James Wiltshire
    James Wiltshire
    Technology & Sustainability Leader, Dow Australia & New Zealand

    James Wiltshire is currently the Technology & Sustainability Leader for Dow in Australia & New Zealand. He is responsible for driving innovation and collaboration with customers and partners across Dow’s portfolio of specialty chemicals and materials, leading programs in ANZ aligned to Dow’s 2025 sustainability goals and managing new business development opportunities. Prior to joining Dow in 2010, James was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he worked on the development of synthetic polymer processing aids for the mining industry. James holds a PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Melbourne.

  • John O’Donnell
    John O’Donnell
    Technical Manager, Albright & Wilson Australia

    John O’Donnell is an Industrial Chemistry professional with over 40 years’ experience in chemical, detergent, cosmetic and pharmaceutical manufacturing in Australia. He has worked mainly in Product Development and Quality Assurance. Having worked for over 10 years at Albright & Wilson he has in-depth understanding of the whole chemical supply chain process and the important role of packaging. John is a Past President of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists and served as a Councillor for over 20 years. He authored a position paper on the Packaging of Cosmetics and Toiletries in Australia. John has served on Technical Committees for the ASCC, Accord and the PMAA (now known as ASMI).

  • Peter Tamblyn
    Peter Tamblyn
    Chairman, Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR)

    Peter joined the ACOR Board in 2015 representing Close the Loop Ltd (CtL). CtL’s commitment to the resource recovery, product stewardship, recycling and circular economy sectors extends back to 2001 and since 2014 has become a recognised leader in the development of innovative additives using recycled polymers in asphalt to make high performance roads. Peter joined CtL in May 2014 as Director of Sales & Marketing and from July 1st 2021, consults to CtL on sales, business and customer engagement strategy. Elected Chairman of ACOR in 2019, he has overseen seismic changes in the landscape of recycling and circular economic strategies. We have seen all Australian governments develop and implement circular economy policy frameworks over the past three years and the recycling and re-manufacturing sector is now a key pillar in the Federal Government’s post-COVID plans for Australia’s economic recovery.

  • Ashleigh Gay
    Ashleigh Gay
    Head of Sustainability Leadership & Communications, Edge Environment

    With over a decade’s experience in sustainability strategy, reporting and communications, Ashleigh helps organisations define their sustainability ambitions and bring them to life, to create the next wave of sustainability leaders. Ashleigh brings her experience working with some of the world’s most ambitious sustainability teams across the UK, Europe, US and Australia including LEGO, Google, BP, VF Corporation, Mondi, Lloyds Banking Group, Maersk, Beiersdorf, Bank Australia, BINGO Industries, Goodman Fielder and many more. She specialises in taking the complexity out of sustainability, finding common ground between stakeholders and equipping people with the skills and capabilities to accelerate and mainstream sustainable change. Prior to consulting, Ash worked for a leading building products supplier, was on the board of Responsiblesteel and guest lectured at UNSW. Ashleigh is a published author and has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Built Environments.

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