Jan Jonker, keynote speaker at the Greener Packaging Seminar 2016!

The keynote session at the 3rd edition of the Greener Packaging Seminar will be presented this year by Jan Jonker.

Jan Jonker is working as a professor at the Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) of the Radboud University Nijmegen [RU – Holland]. He holds the chair of ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurship’.

He worked for more than ten years in the wine- and food service industry before joining the university in the late eighties. His research interest lies on the crossroad of management and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in particular in relation to the development of new business strategies, value creation and -destruction and conceptualising.

A passionate speaker with an interesting vision on sustainability.

Companies are investing in greener packaging

On 23 November 2017, VAL-I-PAC and Fost Plus present the Greener Packaging Awards. These prizes reward companies that make special efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging. The numerous applications submitted for these Awards illustrate how strong companies are interested in the environment. Innovative designs that focus on the packaging life cycle are interesting from an ecological as well as an economic point of view.
Join us on November 23 2017 at the Kinepolis in Brussels for the 4th dole out of the Awards.

A large crop of projects from schools

At the beginning of June, the technical committee met to analyse the applications submitted by students. During this session, each member of the committee presented and defended his choice.

Five projects were nominated and the top prize will be announced during the awards ceremony on 26 November. Please join us!

Applications are open!

Fost Plus and VAL-I-PAC kick off the 2015 edition of the Greener Packaging Awards

Starting today, companies who have reduced the environmental footprint of one of their package solutions drastically (household or industrial) are eligible to participate in the Greener Packaging Awards by submitting their application on the website www.greenerpackaging.be. The awards are presented in November 2015.

A seminar on packaging to launch the Greener Packaging Awards 2015

On the occasion of the European waste reduction week, Fost Plus and VAL-I-PAC organised, on 24 November last, a seminar on the optimisation of packaging.

Thomas Rau, the founder of Turntoo, opened the seminar with an inspiring talk reminding us that in a closed system it is essential that no material is lost. He invites us to change our mentality and view every product as a reservoir of raw materials that should also be exploited when their usage is over. Companies must provide ‘services’ for which the materials are merely resources and for which manufacturers remain responsible during their life cycle. You would buy light and not a lamp… He advised participants to not only think about packaging of the future but also about packaging with a future!

Various speakers were present, including the two top winners of the 2013 edition of the Greener Packaging Awards (Colruyt and P&G), to talk about the advances made in packaging, in terms of lightness, logistics optimisation and the use of new materials such as nano-materials. All the presentations and event photos are now available on the website www.greenerpackaging.be.  

Greener Packaging Awards 2015 Kick-off

William Vermeir and Johan Sneyers, General Directors of Fost Plus and VAL-I-PAC respectively, gave the kick-off for the Greener Packaging Awards 2015, a competition open for all companies that market packaged products. The aim is to reward companies that want to highlight their efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of their packaging. These efforts may affect different aspects such as weight/volume reduction, end of life, product waste reduction and the origin of the materials. In addition, the designer/student category is for packaging design entries. The reduction of product waste is the criterion for judging these projects.

From today, companies can enter their applications on the website www.greenerpackaging.be. Applications can be entered up to 31 August 2015 for companies (30 April for students). All applications will be examined in detail by a jury of experts from the academic, scientific and political world, and from associations and companies. This jury will be assisted by a technical committee. The awards ceremony will be held in November 2015 during the European waste reduction week.