Session Details

This session is offered twice, please join us either:

Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 2:00 PM or Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 3:00 PM


Enhancing recyclability in package design is a key strategy for reducing environmental impact and promoting sustainability. By adopting practices that improve the recyclability of products, manufacturers can make a difference. They can contribute to a more circular economy while meeting the growing demand for eco-friendly products. Through thoughtful design and material selection, manufacturers can create innovative products that pave the way to a more sustainable future.

Who should attend:

Designers, Engineers, OEMs, Brand Owners, Sustainability Managers, and Marketers Engaged in Package Development. 

What you will learn:

Increasing the usage of post-consumer recycled resin and reducing the amount of plastic are proven strategies for enhancing sustainability in packaging. However, both strategies present unique challenges to aesthetics, processing, and/or performance. This presentation will explore ways to address these challenges for brand owners, recyclers, and converters. 

  1. Designing for Recyclability:
    • Understanding how to incorporate materials that are easily recyclable and compatible with existing recycling infrastructure, including mono-materials and recyclable additives.
    • How to implement design practices that enhance sorting within existing infrastructure.
  2. Enhancing Recycled Material Properties or Increasing Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Content:
    • Investigate technologies and additives that improve the mechanical and aesthetic properties of recycled materials.
    • Discuss methods to ensure consistent quality, processing efficiency, and performance of products made with recycled content.
    • Review strategies to achieve color consistency when using recycled plastics.
    • Lightweighting as a strategy to reduce carbon footprint.
  3. Ways to Lower Carbon Footprint:
    • Extending shelf life and reducing food waste.
    • Reducing packaging waste.
    • Reducing transportation expenses.
  4. Collaborating to Reach Sustainability Goals:
    • Review sustainability opportunities across the product's entire life cycle - from design to end-of-life.
    • Ways to increase consumer awareness of recyclability by embedding messages into product designs, such as symbols or text that indicate recyclable materials or parts.
    • Leveraging circular design principles by designing products that can be easily repaired, reused, or remanufactured.

How Avient can help:

These products and services can support each of the four recycling strategies.

  1. Design for Recyclability:
    • Molded in color and metallic
    • APR-recognized NIR-detectable dark colorants
    • APR-recognized barriers and process aids
    • Special effect colorants
  2. Enhancing Recycled Material Properties:
    • PCR Color Prediction Service: Tackles the color consistency issue for recycled plastics.
    • Compatibilizers
    • Thermal stabilizers
    • Process aids
    • Impact modifiers
    • Clarifiers and toners
    • Rheology modifiers
    • Chemical foaming agents: Smartheat™
    • Oxygen scavenging: Capture™ & Amosorb™

Speaker Details

Elvis Cudjoe, Ph.D.
Full Name
Elvis Cudjoe, Ph.D.
Job Title
Senior R&D Engineer
Speaker Bio
Dr. Cudjoe is a Senior Research and Development Engineer for Avient Corporation’s Color & Additives division in the U.S. and Canada regions. He has held this role for the past six years within the company.

In his role as an R&D engineer, Elvis focuses on medium- to long-term programs, finding diverse solutions to support a variety of industries. His efforts are currently targeted toward finding new and innovative solutions to increase the use of recycled PET in the packaging industry.

Elvis holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis on Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.