Recycling & Packaging: Where do they meet? - Circular Economy & Waste, Get Wasted Session 5

Through talks and invigorating panel discussions featuring Corporates and Social Entrepreneurs, this will be the 5th GET WASTED event of a pressing series on ‘Circular Economy & Waste Management’ in Asia focusing on PACKAGING DESIGN, MATERIAL CHOICE & RECYCLING RATES.


Of the 311 million tonnes of plastic produced each year, a whopping 26% is used in packaging. After a short use, often only a single use, more than 95% is not recycled!
With growing urbanization these numbers are set to grow exponentially - the average Indian consumes 11kg of plastic each year while the average American consumes over a 100 kgs each year.

What about Bio Plastic? Biodegradable Plastic? Bio Benign plastic? Are they really better? As businesses explore alternatives to plastic, we have yet to arrive at the perfect solution that addresses the different parameters of cost & function as well as recyclability & harm due to leakage.
Metal, paper and glass also present their own challenges, especially when even countries with the best recycling rates barely touch 50%.

Our speakers will focus on packaging design, material choice and how those influence collection & recycling rates through an interactive presentation, case studies and open discussion.


  • Packaging reality in the world, Asia & in Singapore.
  • Understand the packaging value chain.
  • The different packaging types (biodegradable, compostable, plastic, flexibles etc.) and their potential for reuse / recycle.
  • Understand top sustainability mistakes when it comes to packaging in Asia.
  • Focus on the difference between biodegradable/ compostable/ plant-based packaging and plastic-based packaging.
  • Understand case studies & innovations happening in Singapore and the world - ie. Dole Food Labelling, Danone, Suntory.


  • 6.30pm ~ Introduction + Icebreaker
  • 7.00pm ~ Welcome from our partner the Global Compact Network Singapore by Wilson Ang, Executive Director
  • 7.05pm ~ Sumangali Krishnan, Head of Research & Strategy Gone Adventurin
  • 7.20pm ~ Ian Hayes, Packaging Director at GSK
  • 7.35pm ~ Amita Chaudhury, Regional Director, Sustainable Business, SEA & Australasia at Unilever
  • 7.50pm ~ Q&A; session and Panel Discussion
  • 8.30pm ~ Networking


Amita Chaudhury is the Regional Director of Sustainable Business, SEA & Australasia at Unilever. She is working with the Unilever SEAA board, markets and category teams to build an integrated agenda for sustainability led business value through brands and business models and reduction in environmental impact focusing on post-consumer waste. In her role, she is helping to identify and support the implementation of programs in markets that will help build a brighter future for the planet and the communities Unilever serves while delivering stronger business growth.

Ian Hayes is the Packaging Development Director - Nutrition & Digestive Health Category at GSK. A results-oriented and innovative leader who has worked exclusively within the food and pharmaceutical industries for more than 20 years across the Asia Pacific region, Ian possesses a range of experience encompassing broad management of programs and teams, strategy development, sales & marketing/business development, budget setting/planning and innovation programs. He has led teams to develop career path programs for Asia Pacific R&D; organisations. Has detailed knowledge of Asia Pacific packaging industry and heightened awareness of all aspects in successfully engaging across a diversity of countries and cultures.

Wilson Ang is the Executive Director at Global Compact Network Singapore. Wilson holds a Masters in Diplomacy from the University of Oxford. Over the last 10 years, he has held several appointments with expansive portfolios ranging serving on various national, regional and global boards. He believes the only way to create a better planet for human survivability is for every individual to take responsibility for their own actions by being more conscious about daily choices in consumption habits. He also hopes to create 10,000 green jobs through working with the people, private and public sectors.

Sumangali Krishnan is the Head of Research & Strategy at Gone Adventurin. A lawyer with a strong interest in sustainability, Sumangali has been active in the social enterprise space for over five years. At GA, Sumangali is engaged on creating a research and strategy platform for better understanding WASTE realities in Asia. Through research and policy analysis, she is exploring the intersection of regulation, institutional engagement and waste collection solutions. A conscious parent, Sumangali is also passionate about pursuing reduced personal waste footprint alongside a healthy and natural lifestyle.


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