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August 21 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am EDT

Best Practice Forum: Plastic Disruptors – The business case for zero waste

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Best Practice Forums are a series of workshops that bring B Lab’s Impact Assessment to life.  Business owners come together in an honest, vulnerable, and supportive environment to exchange challenges and learnings regarding practicing the triple bottom line. Attendees leave feeling validated and inspired, with tangible ideas for improvements in their own businesses.

On August 21st, we’ll be discussing plastic waste. How can you, as a business owner and a conscious consumer, take efforts to reduce, reuse, and eliminate? Learn about creative and innovative approaches to addressing our cultural dependency on single use plastics. At every point in its life-cycle these businesses are turning conventional plastic usage on its head.

Joining us for this panel will be:

  • Nic Esposito, Zero Waste and Litter Director for the City of Philadelphia. Nic is an accomplished community organizer, agriculturalist, horticulturist, novelist, journalist, publisher and entrepreneur who has a deep connection to Philadelphia’s social enterprise sector and has had much success organizing projects in diverse communities for the purpose of improving Philadelphia’s culture, health and economy.
  • Sophie Liu, Business Development Associate at Terracycle. Sophie is on the Business Development team at Loop, an innovative e-commerce platform offering products in reusable durable packaging rather than single-use. Developed by TerraCycle, an international recycling leader in hard-to-recycle waste streams like cigarettes, pouches and more, Loop aims to change the future of consumption by redefining how consumers and brands treat packaging. Previously, Sophie worked in non-profit development as well as event planning and studied ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University. She’s an advocate of zero waste living and a recycling enthusiast.
  • Fern Gookin, LEED AP, is the Director of Sustainability for Revolution Recovery, a recycling company that provides a complete range of recycling services for the construction, manufacturing, commercial and residential markets throughout the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys. Their three facilities process an average of 1,500 tons of material each day. In addition to her work with Revolution Recovery, Fern is the Co-founder and Director of RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency), a non-profit arts organization with a mission to challenge the perception of waste culture by providing a unique platform for artists at the intersection of art and industry. Fern has a BS in Architecture from the University of Maryland and an MS in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University.
  • Saloni Wadhwa, Marketing Associate at Repurpose Global. Saloni is an Economics student with concentrations in Marketing and Statistics at the Wharton School. At RePurpose Philadelphia, the team is involved in formulating marketing campaigns to reach out to plastic consumers in the Philadelphia region so that they engage with the platform and work towards offsetting their plastic footprint. RePurpose collaborates with local organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Region to create awareness about the global footprint that plastic creates, often causing waste generated in developed countries to end up in developing countries where waste workers have to recycle the heaps of plastic in inhumane conditions. Through awareness, RePurpose hopes to tackle the social and environmental issue, empowering waste workers and giving them a safe, dignified environment to work and responsibly recycle plastic by going PlasticNeutral, across the planet.

Stick around after the panel discussion for an optional workshop where SBN staff will guide you through B Lab’s Quick Impact Assessment. This free, 30-minute assessment will help you uncover positive impact and create metrics-based goals towards being a better triple bottom line business. SBN staff will provide an overview of the tool, B Corp certification, and will then provide time for you to take the assessment on your own. Remember to bring your laptop or tablet!

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