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271 - Packaging Today Show - vegan plastics, Amazon no plastic, and plastic in your penis??

About the Guest(s):

Evelio Mattos, Adam Peek, and Cory Connors are prominent figures in the packaging industry. Evelio Mattos is a seasoned packaging designer and innovator. Adam Peek is known for his work in packaging sales and as a speaker on modern packaging solutions. Cory Connors has deep expertise in sustainable packaging and waste management. Together, they host informative discussions on current trends and challenges in the packaging sector.

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Episode Summary:

In this episode of "Packaging Today," Evelio Mattos, Adam Peek, and Cory Connors dive into the complexities of sustainable packaging. The show kicks off with a playful banter about the contemporary issues faced by the packaging industry. From conspiracy theories at the Denver airport to the potential banning of single-use plastics, the episode offers a dynamic mix of humor and serious discussions on important packaging topics.

A key focus of the conversation revolves around the environmental impact of different packaging materials. The hosts discuss recent legislative attempts to curb plastic use in New York, scrutinize the switch from air pillows to paper by Amazon, and delve into the potential of bioplastics derived from seaweed and algae. They emphasize the importance of considering various factors like material efficiency, cost, and recyclability when evaluating packaging solutions. Their discussion is enriched with expert insights and lively debates, making this episode a must-listen for anyone interested in the future of sustainable packaging.

Key Takeaways:

  • Legislative measures to reduce single-use plastics are complex and often politically charged, requiring a balanced approach to industry needs and environmental concerns.

  • Amazon's shift from plastic air pillows to paper void fill raises questions about material efficiency, cost, and environmental impact.

  • Sustainable packaging solutions necessitate a delicate balance between protecting the product, lowering the carbon footprint, and ensuring recyclability.

  • Innovative bioplastics from seaweed and algae show promise, but their large-scale environmental impact and practicality need thorough evaluation.

  • Consumer education and realistic expectations are crucial in the transition to more sustainable packaging options.

Notable Quotes:

  1. Evelio Mattos: "It's easy to scare people one way or the other, whether it's pro plastic or against plastic, it's all the packaging's fault."

  2. Adam Peek: "What's the alternative for barbecue sauce right now? Like, it's not like the plastic lobbyist. It's that there's not really an alternative."

  3. Cory Connors: "The future of sustainability, as far as I can tell, it's the bare minimum packaging being used and something that is fully recyclable."

  4. Adam Peek: "I'm not concerned with that as a seaweed, you know, as somebody interested in that. We need to be careful not to bring non-native species in."

  5. Cory Connors: "Every one of these things is going to have somebody on the other side saying always."


Don't miss this engaging episode of "Packaging Today," where Evelio Mattos, Adam Peek, and Cory Connors delve into the latest trends and challenges in sustainable packaging. Be sure to tune in next week for more insightful discussions on the evolving world of packaging.

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