Products of Change, the industry sustainability education platform and resource hub, has released details of a new course to help consumer goods industry professionals meet the demands of customers and incoming legislation when it comes to responsible packaging.
The circular packaging design course will tackle the design and thought processes required to develop sustainable packaging for a circular economyand arm businesses and individuals with the knowledge and tools required when the UK government’s circular policies begin to kick in.
The course will consist of one three-hour online session, followed up with a one-day face-to-face workshop taking place in Central London in March, to be led by Products of Change’s packaging and materials ambassador, Mike Swain.
Utilising his 30-plus years’ experience of the packaging sector, with the likes of Unilever and P&G, Mike will deliver a course exploring the principles of the circular economy and circular design using case studies from successful projects he has previously worked on and consulted for within the consumer products industries.
Mike will deliver the course alongside his colleague, founder of Emagine Design and a lecturer in packaging design at Greenwich University, Richard Coles.
The three-hour online webinar will take place from 9.30am to 12.30pm on 9 March, 2023, and will act as a ‘scene-setting’ session, educating attendees on the circular economy and its context in the packaging sector.
This will be followed by an in-person workshop held at the Informa offices in London on 14 March, running from 9am to 5.30pm. The face-to-face workshop will be split into two sessions. The morning session will look at packaging design and its influence and approaches, while the afternoon session will explore impact and the importance of packaging relevant.
Attendees will also have the option of a fourth and final course element: a 30-minute one-on-one follow up session with packaging experts Mike or Richard to talk over individual cases and designs. This follow-up option will be available for up to one month after the in-person workshop.
“This course is for all those involved with packaging, whether or not you are well-versed in the intricacies of the industry,” said Mike. “It will provide a grounding and framework on how to approach packaging design, specification, and selection to make it more circular today and in the future as the circular economy evolves.”
The course is prices at £650 plus VAT, with a 20% discount available for Products of Change members using the code POCmember. Course spaces are limited to 20 people.
Top: The POC circular packaging design course will be delivered by Richard Coles (left) and Mike Swain (centre) with the creative input of Thomas Leech.