Zero waste packaging to save our planet

April 5th, 2022
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
UNT Union Room 339


Most, if not all, packaging parts are discarded immediately after the product purchase. Due to poor waste management systems around the world, most of the plastic packaging that is sent to landfills ends up in our natural environments. 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year. Plastic pollution threatens wildlife, alters ecosystems, and poses risks to human health. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (2018) report, packaging waste in the United States accounted for 82.2 million tons, or 28% of the total waste generated, in 2018.

In this panel, we will discuss strategies to create, and manage circular, and sustainable packaging waste streams across fashion, food, retail, and service industry sectors. The focus of the conversation will be to explore how the most novel and innovative packaging strategies that prevent waste generation can be applied to our university setting.

Protecting our planet starts with us!!! Join us and learn simple choices we can make as consumers for a healthier campus and the planet!



  • Dr. Jana Hawley, Dean and Professor, UNT College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Dr. Urska Vrabic Brodnjak, Visiting Scholar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Dr. Iva Jestratijevic, Assistant Professor, UNT Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing
  • Derrick B. Cripps, Senior Director, DIning Services