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“Paper Saving – Packaging in Focus” Conference

Jan. 22 to 23, 2019 in Bremen, Germany

denkhausbremen and the Environmental Paper Network (EPN) invite you to attend the “Paper Saving – Packaging in Focus” Conference from January 22-23, 2019 in Bremen, Germany.

Paper packaging is the main driver of the persistently high paper consumption in Germany and around the world. The majority is used to support the booming online retail sector. In 2017, almost half of German paper consumption was for packaging (9.9 million tonnes). The paper that provides this packaging has negative impacts on sustainability and social justice, including forest loss, climate change, and human rights abuses.

To discuss this issue, denkhausbremen and the Environmental Paper Network (EPN) have organised the “Paper Saving – Packaging in Focus” Conference to bring together leaders from NGOs, manufacturers, and retailers. The participants will work out solutions and strategies for the responsible use of paper packaging.


1. Dialogue with the Industry
Tuesday January 22, 2019, 11.30am – 5.30pm
House of Science, Sandstraße 4/5, 28195 Bremen

  • Daniel Müsgens: Paper packaging – trends and developments
  • Olaf Dechow: Sustainable paper packaging in mail order
  • Almut Reichart: Requirements of the German Environment Agency for the (paper) packaging market
  • Lothar Hartmann: memo-Box – the environmentally friendly alternative in mail order
  • Wen Bo: Sustainable paper packaging in China – practices and trends


2. NGO Strategy Day
Wednesday January 23, 2019, 9.30am – 3pm
Youth Hostel Bremen, Kalkstraße 6, 28195 Bremen

  • Mandy Haggith and Anne Pernick: Paper packaging as the main driver of global paper consumption
  • Neva Murtha: Campaigns on paper packaging in Northern America
  • Angelika Krumm: A comparison of paper packaging around the world
  • Friederike Farsen: Consumer Initiative “Angry with packaging”
  • Prof. Dr. Sina Leipold: Policies on sustainable paper packaging


You can find the full program of the conference here.

Participation in the conference is free.
For more information and to register please contact us: jonas@denkhausbremen.de


The speakers:

Ruth Andrade
Regenerative Impact Coordination & Communication
Ruth started working for Lush in 2004 and soon became the head of environment at Lush, inspiring many environmental initiatives during that time. Ruth has a masters in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies. She is the founder of the Blueprint Alliance, a collective of practitioners bringing regenerative design to the humanitarian sector.
Olaf Dechow
Otto Group, Senior Project Manager Sustainability Management
Olaf Dechow has been with the Otto Group since 1992, where he is responsible for all sustainability issues relating to packaging and catalogue papers, sustainable forest management and other environmentally relevant trade issues.
Friederike Farsen
Verbraucherzentrale Nordrhein-Westfalen
Friederike Farsen works in the area of nutrition and environment in the group environment of the consumer center NRW. The ecotrophologist has many years of experience in the areas of sustainability and paper and is involved in the network „Papierwende".
Mandy Haggith
Steering Group, Environmental Paper Network International
Mandy Haggith is based in Scotland and is a former EPN co-ordinator. A writer and activist, she has two decades of campaign experience in support of people in forests and is author of the book Paper Trails: From Trees to Trash – The True Cost of Paper.
Lothar Hartmann
memo AG, Head Of Sustainability Management
Lothar Hartmann has been responsible for the area of sustainability and quality management at memo AG since 1996. His job is to advise and coordinate all departments in the company on sustainability issues.
Angelika Krumm
Robin Wood, Project Coordinator Paper
Angelika Krumm is an engineer in paper technology and has an educational background. She has been involved with Robin Wood since 1998 and in the nationwide paper network Papierwende for the protection of forests and for sustainable paper consumption.
Daniel Müsgens
WWF, expert sustainability wood and paper
Daniel Müsgens is a trained carpenter and studied economics with a focus on forestry at the University of Hamburg. For the last five years, he has worked with WWF Germany on wood and paper. His responsibilities includes corporate partnerships as well as certification systems.
Winfried Peters
Director, Forum Ökologisch Verpacken
Winfried Peters, communications consultant, head of the Forum for Ecological Packaging office. The former journalist has been dealing with environmental and waste issues for public and private clients since the 1990s. Peters is co-initiator of the think tank for the promotion of closed material cycles, which was set up in 2012 by associations of the corrugated board industry.
Almut Reichhart
German Environment Agency, pulp and paper expert
Almut Reichart work at the German Environment Agency with focus on environmental protection in the paper and pulp production. She is responsible for the development of criteria for national and European eco-labels in the paper sector.
Wen Bo
Coordinator Environmental Paper Network China
Wen Bo is a Chinese environmentalist based in Beijing. He helped found Greenpeace's Beijing office and went on to become the Beijing-based Co-Director of Pacific Environment's China Program. He's frequently interviewed and profiled by major international news outlets such as Time magazine and the Financial Times.

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