Seminar on Sustainable Packaging

Date: 22 Apr 2009 - 22 Apr 2009

Venue: Singapore Polytechnic, MLT1

The world’s production and usage of non-degradable and non-recyclable packaging have been enormously greater than before, exacerbating the problem of waste disposal. The use of renewable materials will support the development of sustainable packaging through improving its environmental footprint and provide a source of future packaging materials. This will support a sustainable packaging system depicting the cradle-to-grave flow of packaging materials within an economically robust system. Invited speakers from Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd (Winner of 2007 MAXA) and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), Sustainability and Technology Assessment (STA) Section will present and highlight their work in sustainable packaging. This seminar also aims to provide a platform for interactive forum/discussion for potential collaborative research between Singapore Polytechnic (SP), SIMTech and industry. The aim is to work towards a shared vision, tapping on each organisation’s capabilities, research facilities and promote innovative and functional packaging through materials development, processing & application and product life cycle management.

Who Should Attend
This seminar is open to all SP staff, industry players and researchers working in related areas as well as those who want to know more about sustainable packaging and manufacturing.

1.30 – 2.00 pm:  Registration
2.00 – 2.05 pm:  Welcome Address
                              (Mr Joel Lee Wah Ling, Section Head, Polymer Engineering & Technology)
2.05 – 2.35 pm:  Sustainable Model for Milk & Juice Carton – Keynote Presentation
                              (Mr Ong Lye Huat, Safety, Health, Environment & Hygiene Manager for Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd)
2.35 – 2.55 pm:  Packaging in a Close-loop Food Manufacturing System
                              (Dr Song Bin, Section Head, STA, SIMTech)
2.55 – 3.30 pm:  Tea-break & Networking
3.30 – 3.50 pm:  Biopolymeric Materials for Sustainable Packaging
                              (Dr Lee Mun Wai, STA, SIMTech)
3.50 – 4.10 pm:  Carbon Footprint of Food Packaging
                              (Dr Fatida Rugrungruang, STA, SIMTech)
4.10 – 4.20 pm:  Q & A Session
4.20 pm:              End of Seminar
4.20 – 5.30 pm:  Polymer Workshop & Packaging Lab Tour (OPTIONAL)

About the Speakers
Mr Ong Lye Huat is the Safety, Health, Environment & Hygiene Manager for Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd.  His main responsibility includes maintaining the overall health and safety of staff working in the company as well as ensuring that all processes are carried out with due regards to environmental impact and protection. He also advises the management on safety, health and environment legal requirement. Mr Ong has a Master Degree in Engineering Science.  He is a Registered Safety Officer with the Ministry of Manpower as well as a Fire Safety Manager for the Singapore Civil Defence Force.  He is also an ordinary Member of the Singapore Institute of Safety Officers (SISO) since 1995. In 2007, he was a recipient of the ECO Friend Award under the private sector category organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA). Mr Ong can be contacted at

Dr Song Bin is the Head of Sustainability and Technology Assessment (STA) Section in SIMTech. His current focus is on life cycle modelling, analysis, and optimisation for minimisation of emissions and wastes in manufacturing. The coverage includes life cycle cost and environmental impacts by alternative materials, eco-performance of manufacturing processes, and product end-of-life management. He has led and participated in many research and industrial funded projects in the areas of sustainability assessment of new technologies and products, eco-efficiency improvement, life cycle cost modelling, and product life cycle management. Dr Song can be contacted at

Dr Lee Mun Wai received her BASc from School of Materials Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She graduated with a PhD specialising in liquid crystalline polymer blends and hybrid nanocomposites in 2002. Thereafter, she continued to focus research on Polymer Science and Technology as a NTU post-doctoral fellow. Currently, she is a Senior Research Engineer with SIMTech. Her research expertise pertains to the areas on multiphase polymer systems, polymer behavioural studies, development of degradable polymeric materials for engineering, biomedical and environmental applications. Dr Lee can be contacted at

Dr Fatida Rugrungruang joined SIMTech as a Research Engineer. She specialises in products and components reuse, reverse logistics and technology forecasting. Her current research focuses on carbon footprint assessment and the development of decision-making tools for sustainable manufacturing. She holds a PhD and a Bachelor degree with First-Class Honours in Manufacturing Engineering from University of New South Wales, Australia. Dr Rugrungruang can be contacted at

Pre-registration for this free seminar is necessary. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. To register, please email your particulars (Name, Organisation and Email Address) to Dr Ng Ting Ting at
Closing date of registration: 17th April 2009 (Friday)

Please contact Dr Ng Ting Ting at 68708067 or

Singapore Polytechnic

- Catering sponsored by The Plastics and Rubber Institute of Singapore (PRIS)
- Packet drinks sponsored by Tetra Pak
- Event supported by Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC)

Note: A Post Consumer Cartons (PCC) collection point will be set up at MLT 1 to allow disposal of empty drink cartons.