Meeting Archive:
January Open Forum - Stemming the Tide on Marine Debris

Meeting Description:

Recent studies show that roughly 8 million metric tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean every year, and if left unabated, by 2025 we could see one pound of plastic for every three pounds of finfish in the ocean. This webinar will focus on a recent Trash Free Seas Alliance® and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment study that analyzed where a majority of ocean plastic comes from, how it leaks into the ocean, and identified potential waste reduction solution sets. More specifically, we will hear from Ocean Conservancy and The Dow Chemical Company about the significance of this initiative, the desired outcomes, and lessons from collaborating with industry, conservation organizations, and academia.       

Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): The Sustainable Packaging Coalition
 Presenter Information
Jeff Wooster
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Jeff Wooster is the global sustainability director for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. In this role, he collaborates with the entire value chain to promote and improve the sustainability value of plastic packaging. He serves on the Board of Directors and as the president of AMERIPEN, and is on the Board of Directors for GreenBlue. Wooster previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.  Additionally, Wooster serves as chair for American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division Packaging Team and is a member of the Flexible Packaging Association’s Sustainability Task Force.


Nicholas J. Mallos
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Director of the Trash Free Seas Program, Ocean Conservancy

Nick oversees Ocean Conservancy’s work on marine debris, including its global initiative on ocean plastics, annual International Coastal Cleanup, and the Trash Free Seas Alliance®, a co-operative group of businesses, leading environmental organizations and scientists focused on developing solutions to address ocean trash. A marine biologist with extensive field experience, his debris-related assignments have taken him from the North Pacific Gyre to the shores of the Philippines and the tsunami-stricken coasts of Japan. Mallos received his master’s degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and a B.S. in biology and marine science from Dickinson College, and serves as a subject matter expert for CNN.