In a year of heretofore unseen changes, a little inspiration can go a long way. Over the past several months, Spark Change has provided a virtual platform for inspiration driven by a series of keynote addresses centered on some of the most pressing and relevant themes affecting the natural products industry today.
These themes—Mission-driven Business, Modern Health and Organic and Regenerative—served as the focal points of the three community events that took place during the online trade show. The community events created both a space for deep inspiration and the sense of community that is so important to our industry.
For those that may have missed these talks or who wish to watch them again, it’s still possible to head over to the Spark Change platform for a reprise. Not yet registered for Spark Change? It’s not too late to register here.
In the meantime, below are synopses of three keynote talks that are already helping Spark Change in the natural products industry.
During his empassioned keynote,Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle, emphasized the importance of committing to sustainable packaging solutions as a business—whether on the retail, manufacturing, distribution or consumer front—in a talk centered on “Eliminating the idea of waste.”
Nutrition pioneer and award-winning dietitian Kate Geagan of Kate Geagan Sustainable Nutrition has spent much of her career studying the intersection of human health and nutrition, good food and how we can transform our food system to be more sustainable and regenerative on a daily basis. In her fascinating keynote Geagan delves into what modern health means to today’s consumers.
Organic and Regenerative
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan is joined by Debra Eschmeyer, the former executive director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative and senior policy advisor at the White House, during this keynote. In it the two trailblazers discuss strides made in the organic industry over the past 30 years and the importance of bringing back a broad-based coalition involving environmental and consumer groups, among others, as we look to the future of organics.