Scott Seydel (Global Green Chair & Elemental Impact Advisory Council Chair) and Chris Moyer (National Restaurant Association Conserve Program Director) joined the meetings and underground loading dock tours.
|Matt Hupp, John Mulcahy &
Chris Moyer @ lunch
|Leif Lundaas, Matt Hupp &
|Scott in a "trashy
According to Matt, many Simon tenants significantly increased their plastic use over the past year. In many instances, the clothing manufacturer does not know the garment destination, store or on-line shipment. Therefore, many manufacturers now package ALL garments individually in film plastic. When received by the retail store, a clerk removes the garments from the plastic to display for sale; the tremendous volume of plastic film is currently landfill destined.
For Hilex Poly the packaging film plastic is valuable, clean material ready for bag production with minimal preparation. The dilemma is aggregating enough of the plastic film to make economic sense for transport to a Hilex manufacturing facility.
|Dewayne Hebert, Scott Seydel, Suan Stanton, Chris Moyer,
Doug Stoner, Louis Herrera & Matt Hupp
Yet another action item from the day of meetings: Hilex Poly and Tomra are teaming together to create a pilot project at one (or more!) of Simon's Atlanta malls to develop a plastic film recycling program that makes good business sense for all parties.
Wow - what a day full of education and action! Thank you Matt for your vision and commitment to bring zero waste initiatives to the nation's largest mall owner & operator. We also appreciate your sense of humor!