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Disposable Food Packaging can be Harmful to Human Health

Learn about food packaging chemicals and micro-plastic threats to human health from leading scientists.

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Bringing together the leaders addressing the health risks of plastics and food packaging chemicals.

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1440 Multiversity
Scotts Valley, Cal.
June 12-14
2019

A FORUM FOR CHANGEMAKERS

A science translation / teaching event to empower scientists, activists, health providers, and corporate leaders to protect public health and the environment from food packaging chemicals and plastics.

Our topics

Human health effects of food packaging chemicals.
Micro and nano plastics and threats to health.
Challenges in China and developing nations.
Regulatory failure and policy solutions.
Alternative business models- ending throw away.

Our Speakers

Leading scientists who are adept at translating science for non-scientists, activists from across the globe, and communications specialists.

GOALS

Personalize the threats of disposable food packaging in order to drive demand for safer, less-disposable food packaging.

Speakers

About our keynote speakers:  Linda Birnbaum and Pete Myers are two leaders who have forged new frontiers in our understanding of toxic chemical exposure and opened our eyes to the dangers of low dose exposures.

Linda S.
Birnbaum
Keynote Speaker

Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Toxicology Program.

Keynote Speaker
Linda S.
Birnbaum
Keynote Speaker
Pete
Myers
Keynote Speaker

John Peterson “Pete” Myers is founder and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences.

Keynote Speaker
Pete
Myers
Keynote Speaker
Beau
Baconguis

Plastics Campaigner for GAIA – Asia Pacific and Regional Coordinator for Break Free From Plastic – Asia Pacific.

Keynote Speaker
Beau
Baconguis
Bjorn
Beeler

Bjorn Beeler is the International Coordinator & General Manager of IPEN, a global network of over 550 NGOs in 118 countries.

Keynote Speaker
Bjorn
Beeler
Meadhbh
Bolger

Meadhbh Bolger is a resource justice campaigner with Friends of the Earth Europe.

Keynote Speaker
Meadhbh
Bolger
Mao
Da

Mao Da is now the director of Toxics-Free China and the policy advisor of China Zero Waste Alliance.

Keynote Speaker
Mao
Da
Tamara
Galloway

Tamara is Professor of Ecotoxicology at the University of Exeter and also holds an Honorary Chair at University of Exeter Medical School.

Keynote Speaker
Tamara
Galloway
Birgut
Geueke
Speaker

Birgit holds a doctorate degree in Biology from the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf.

Keynote Speaker
Birgut
Geueke
Speaker
Miriam
Gordon

Miriam is a Program Director with UPSTREAM, and spends her days working to make throw-away a thing of the past.

Keynote Speaker
Miriam
Gordon
Ksenia
Groh

Ksenia holds an MSc in microbiology from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.

Keynote Speaker
Ksenia
Groh
Von
Hernandez

His career has been marked by more than 25 years of campaign leadership, strategic planning, organizational development and management.

Keynote Speaker
Von
Hernandez
Jen
Jackson

Jen Jackson manages the Toxics Reduction & Healthy Ecosystems Program at the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

Keynote Speaker
Jen
Jackson
Maricel
Maffini

Dr. Maricel V. Maffini is an Independent Consultant. She holds a doctorate degree in Biological Sciences.

Keynote Speaker
Maricel
Maffini
Justine
Maillot

Justine Maillot is policy officer at Zero Waste Europe and policy coordinator of the European NGO coalition Rethink Plastic.

Keynote Speaker
Justine
Maillot
Jane
Muncke
Speaker

Degrees in environmental toxicology and an MSc in environmental science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ).

Keynote Speaker
Jane
Muncke
Speaker
Randy
Olson

Randy Olson is a scientist-turned-filmmaker who left a tenured professorship of marine biology (PhD Harvard University)

Keynote Speaker
Randy
Olson
Mark
Rossi

A developer of innovative programs, tools, and initiatives for integrating sustainable materials and safer chemicals into the economy.

Keynote Speaker
Mark
Rossi
Gretchen Lee
Salter

Gretchen Salter has spent over 15 years as an organizer, activist and advocate for progressive change in America.

Keynote Speaker
Gretchen Lee
Salter
Martin
Scheringer

Martin Scheringer is a professor of environmental chemistry at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

Keynote Speaker
Martin
Scheringer
Leonardo
Trasande

Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP is an internationally renowned leader in children’s environmental health.

Keynote Speaker
Leonardo
Trasande
Laura
Vandenberg

Graduate Program Director in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the University of Massachusetts.

Keynote Speaker
Laura
Vandenberg
Martin
Wagner

Martin Wagner is a biologist interested in what plastics and plastics-associated chemicals do to freshwater ecosystems and human health.

Keynote Speaker
Martin
Wagner
Michael
Warhurst

Dr Michael Warhurst has been Executive Director of the European NGO CHEM Trust since July 2014.

Keynote Speaker
Michael
Warhurst
Tracey
Woodruff

Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF.

Keynote Speaker
Tracey
Woodruff

The program

Two and a half days of jam packed, interactive sessions designed to educate and energize participants about food packaging chemicals and plastics. In addition, opportunities to enjoy morning and evening classes offered by 1440 on mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. Or you can use your down time for walking the trails, booking a massage, connecting with others, and lingering with colleagues over freshly prepared meals.

  • 0700
    Classes offered by venue (such as Embodied Movement or Meditation)
  • 0700
    Breakfast
  • 0900
    Welcome
  • 0910
    The Scientific Consensus Statements                                              

    An Overview of the Statement on Food Contact Materials
    Speaker: Jane Muncke, Food Packaging Forum

    An Overview of the Draft Statement on Micro Plastics
    Speaker: Martin Wagner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • 0940
    Table Discussions: Using the Consensus Statements to Further Action
  • 1025
    BREAK
  • 1035
    Session 4: Global Real World Challenges re: Single-Use Packaging

    BREAK-OUT #1- Packaging Design, Recycling, and the Circular Economy
    Moderator: Matt Prindiville, UPSTREAM

    The Limits of Recycling
    Speaker: Justine Maillot, Zero Waste Europe

    Citizen Waste and Brand Audits as a Tool to Effect Packaging Design and Policy Changes
    Speaker: Beau Baconguis, GAIA

    Plastics’ Toxic Liabilities: Toxics in = Toxics Out
    Speaker: Bjorn Beeler, IPEN

    BREAK-OUT #2- Regulatory Loopholes for Food Packaging Chemicals
    Moderator: Simona Balan, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

    An Opportunity to Improve European Regulation for Chemicals in Food Packaging
    Speaker: Michael Warhurst, CHEMTrust

    The Case of the U.S.: The Shortcomings of FDA's Food Additives Regulations
    Speaker: Maricel Maffini, Consultant

    BREAK-OUT #3- Tools for Assessing the Impacts of Food Packaging and Plastics
    Moderator: Sue Chiang, Center for Environmental Health

    The Shortcomings of Life Cycle Assessments for Food and Beverage Packaging
    Speaker: Meadbhb Bolger, Friends of the Earth, Europe

    Toxics & Plastics: Using GreenScreen & Plastics Scorecard to Assess Toxicity
    Speaker: Mark Rossi, Clean Production Action

    Bridging Data Gaps that Decision Makers Face: the Importance of NGOs and Third-Party Certifiers
    Speaker: Jen Jackson, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • 1135
    Session 5: Strategies to Reduce Single-Use Packaging and Plastics
    Moderator: Judith Enck, Former EPA Regional Administrator, Founder of Beyond Plastics, visiting professor Bennington College

    Changing the Throw Away Culture
    Speaker: Miriam Gordon, UPSTREAM

    EU Action to Reduce Single-Use Plastics
    Speaker: Justine Maillot, Zero Waste Europe

    Looking Back to Move Forward: Solutions from Southeast Asia
    Speaker: Von Hernandez, Break Free From Plastic

    Strategies of Break Free from Plastic China and Its Work on Chemicals and Health Issues
    Speaker:  Mao Da, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

    State-based Solutions to Toxic Foodware
    Speaker:  Gretchen Lee Salter, Safer States
  • 1250
    Lunch
  • 1340
    Insights on the Challenges and Solutions
  • 1355
    The Strategy Sessions

    Break-out #1: Priorities for Future Research
    Break-out #2: Policy Campaigns
    Break-out #3: Corporate Procurement and Accountability Campaigns
    Break-out #4: Aligning Communications and Combating Myths
  • 1520
    Break
  • 1530
    Strategy Integration Discussion
  • 1600
    Closing Reflections
  • 1630
    Conference Ends

Proceedings

Browse through the list of proceedings below to find videos of each presentation.

Welcome

Featuring: 
Jane Muncke
Miriam Gordon

Narrative Is Everything

Featuring: 
Randy Olson

Is Plastic Toxic?

Featuring: 
Pete Myers

Materials & Chemicals in Food Packaging

Featuring: 
Maricel Maffini
Birgit Geueke
Jane Muncke
Ksenia Groh

Health Matters: Packaging Chemicals and Human Health

Featuring: 
Tracey Woodruf
Tracey Woodruff
Laura Vandenberg
Pete Myers

Micro Plastics... Micro or Macro Impacts?

Featuring: 
Martin Scheringer
Tamara Galloway
Martin Wagner

The Scientific Consensus Statement

Featuring: 
Martin Wagner

Packaging Design, Recycling, and the Circular Economy

Featuring: 
Justine Maillot
Bjorn Beeler
Beau Baconguis

Regulatory Loopholes for Food Packaging Chemicals

Featuring: 
Maricel Maffini
Michael Warhurst

Tools for Assessing the Impacts of Food Packaging and Plastics

Featuring: 
Mark Rossi
Meadhbh Bolger
Jen Jackson

Strategies to Reduce Single-Use Packaging

Featuring: 
Mao Da
Justine Maillot
Gretchen Salter
Miriam Gordon

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