In this session, we’ll explore the role that packaging design plays in food waste. We’ll look at where food waste occurs in the supply chain, focusing on retail and consumer environments and reviewing the data for why food is thrown away by consumers. We will take a closer look at how packaging design can help prevent food waste, but also how many of today’s packaging choices and formats are causing additional food waste. ReFED will share their latest food waste data and analytics, offering insights into how packaging adjustments, such as active packaging, spoilage prevention, and design changes, are a key strategy for reducing food waste.
Senior Manager SPC, GreenBlue
Olga Kachook is a Project Manager at GreenBlue, where she leads the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging courses and the Composting Collaborative. Her background includesexpertise in compostable materials and packaging, zero waste facility certification, life cycle analysis, and sustainable materials management.Prior to joining GreenBlue, she led corporate sustainability and waste initiatives at World Centric, Etsy, Cascade Designs, and Cascadia Consulting. Olga has a Master of Environmental Management from Yale Universitys School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She is certified as a LEED Green Associate and a TRUE Zero Waste Advisor.
Executive Director, ReFED
Dana Gunders is a national expert on food systems and was one of the first people to raise the alarm about how much food is wasted across the country and the subsequent impacts on our environment, food security, and the economy.
Dana serves as the Executive Director – and was a founding board member – of ReFED, a national nonprofit working to advance data-driven solutions to reduce the 35% of food that goes unsold or uneaten throughout our food system. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she wrote the landmark Wasted report about food waste and testified before Congress on the topic.
Dana is the author of the popular Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook. She also launched the "Save The Food" campaign with the Ad Council, providing consumers with easy-to-use strategies to reduce the amount of food that goes uneaten in their homes.
She has made a number of appearances in the media – including on "PBS NewsHour," "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver, CNBC and FOX News – and was called “the woman who helped start the waste-free movement” by Consumer Reports.