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WEBINAR: Popular Material Attributes
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When: Monday, December 17, 2018
2:30 pm CST/3:30 pm EST/12:30 pm PST
Where: United States

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Popular Material Attributes: How Well Do They Actually Predict Environmental Benefits?

Monday, December 17 | 2:30-3:30pm CST (3:30-4:30pm EST, 12:30am-1:30pm PST)

Businesses, policy-makers, and the general public often rely on simple attributes to inform material selection. These attributes – such as “recyclable” or “compostable” – are widely assumed to result in reductions in environmental impacts. But how valid are these assumptions? The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently asked that question and was surprised to discover very little systematic assessment of these popular attributes. So it commissioned a study that reviewed the last 18 years of global research into the environmental impacts of packaging and food service items with and without four popular attributes: recycled content, recyclable, bio-based, and compostable. Collectively, the literature identified relative environmental impacts for thousands of comparisons, from which some important trends emerge that should inform product design, procurement, policy, and waste management programs. David Allaway and Minal Mistry of Oregon DEQ will present the study motivation, methodology, results and recommendations.

David AllawayDavid Allaway

David Allaway is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program. At DEQ, David leads projects related to sustainable consumption and production, materials (including waste) management, and greenhouse gases. He contributed to Oregon’s 2050 Vision for Materials Management and served as an invited science advisor to Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network. Before joining in 2000, David worked for 11 years in the solid waste consulting industry. David currently serves as an advisor to Project Drawdown.

Minal MistryMinal Mistry

Minal is the business initiatives lead with the Oregon DEQ. He works with a wide range of entities to implement strategies for Oregon’s 2050 Vision for Materials Management. His primary focus is on helping businesses produce and consume materials in more sustainable ways. Minal supports research, planning, and implementation for Vision-related strategies. Minal’s professional experiences include life cycle assessment, environmental testing, IT, and technical training. Prior to DEQ, Minal worked with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition where he provided technical assistance and consulting for implementing Design for Environment (DfE) strategies for consumer packaged goods.


This webinar is free for AMERIPEN members, TAG Group members and the public.



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