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Packaging and plastics in a circular economy with Olaf Boerner | Getting in the Loop Podcast

Packaging and plastics in a circular economy with Olaf Boerner

Episode 022: Podcast Show Notes

Today we’re talking with Olaf Boerner about plastics and packaging in a circular economy. In this episode, you will learn about current trends in the plastics industry and packaging sector, discover what it means to be plastic free and the tradeoffs associated with it, and hear about practicalities related to recycling plastics. Get ready to be shocked when you find out what things you use everyday that contain plastic!


Catherine Weetman (Episode 008) and I have teamed up again for a fun giveaway: review the Getting in the Loop podcast on iTunes for the chance to win a copy of Catherine’s book,  Circular Economy: A Handbook for Business and Supply Chains. One lucky review will be drawn at random and I’ll announce the winner in an upcoming episode.

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Podcast Highlights and Circular Economy Takeaways

  • 5:00 Trends in reducing, replacing, and recycling plastics
  • 12:30 What is flustix and plastic-free
  • 14:15 Addressing the growing consumer demand for plastic-free
  • 16:00 Is plastic-free the way to be?
  • 20:15 What is a certification and how flustix works
  • 22:45 Certifying recycling content and challenges with recycling
  • 30:30 Where to buy certified plastic-free or recycled plastic products

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About Today's Guest

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Olaf Boerner

Olaf Boerner is head of business development at flustix, which tests and certifies plastic-free products as well as products made with recycled plastics to help reduce plastic waste worldwide. Olaf has previously worked as a consultant in the fields of Sustainability and International Education with a special focus on growth projects.


About the Show

Getting In the Loop is a weekly podcast dedicated to exploring how to transform to a more circular society. Join host Katie Whalen as she examines the challenges facing our current resource use and discovers alternatives to the ‘take, make, dispose’ way of doing things. Each week she interviews circular economy experts about what they’re doing and learning. Together we'll uncover what circular economy means in practice and find out what's being done to keep our resources in a loop rather than sent to waste.

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