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Leadership Roundtable - What is Sustainable Packaging?


Stephen Barmore
Curtis Packaging, Director of New Business

Stephen Barmore has served as the Director of New Business Development at Curtis Packaging and Corners Packaging for the past 3 years. He has held the position since graduating from Yale in 2018. Stephen specializes in sales, marketing, account management, and brand management for Curtis and Corners, and has spoken on various panels for the Cannabis industry in the past, including multiple panels for Sustainability Symposium events.

Sandra Elkind
StoResponsible, Co-Founder / COO

Sandra Elkind is Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of STO Responsible, a Boulder-based sustainable packaging solutions company serving the cannabis industry. She serves as head of product research and development and oversees the marketing of the STO brand.  Sandra brings a deep commitment to environmentalism and a background in conceptual design to STO’s development of sustainable packaging. She sits on the City and County of Denver’s Cannabis Sustainability Working Group. As a medical marijuana patient herself, she’s experienced firsthand how plant-based medicine can change lives. Sandra’s design education informs her work at STO Responsible. She holds a master’s in Fine Arts from Parsons School for Design—The New School. She previously worked as a professor at Colorado State University-Global and Central Texas College.

Ron Basak-Smith
Sana Packaging, Founder / CEO

At Sana Packaging, we invest in meaningful customer relationships founded on a shared vision of an unpolluted future. As your packaging partner, and with the help of a large network of like-minded vendors and suppliers, we’ll build your brand by connecting with you and your consumer’s desire to cultivate change. From sourcing impactful materials to facilitating all your printing and labeling needs – we’re here to simplify the packaging process and make sure that your brand, and your purpose, are well served.

Lilli Keinaenen
Changemaker Creative, CEO

Changemaker Creative is a sustainable packaging and branding agency for cannabis and hemp companies looking to make a difference.

Cole Gibbs
Dama Distributing, Founder / CEO

Cole Gibbs, founder of Dama Distributing and an innovative entrepreneur, is pioneering the development of sustainable hemp plastic and compliant packaging solutions for a variety of industries. With only nine percent of all plastic recycled worldwide, and the plastic waste problem growing out of control in all industries, Cole established a practical and sustainable strategy for business and industry using the power of hemp and other green technologies.

Daniella Kohler
BillerudKorsnas, Brand Owner Manager, Cartonboard

Sustainable packaging materials company supplying sustainable fiber based solutions to brands and packaging converters. Material solutions include secondary packaging (cartonboard), stretched/formed paper shapes, paper bags/sak pouches and wet molded fiber used for paper bottles. We challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future.

Ben Gelt - Moderator
The Council, Board director

The Council is a non-profit dedicated to educating the industry and consumers about sustainable and quality practices.

Colette Bazirgan
Calyx Containers

Calyx Containers is a packaging and inventory management solution that incorporates sustainable practices into all stages of the product life cycle. Calyx seeks to minimize waste, energy, and material from domestic manufacturing processes to end-consumer reusability and recyclability. The Calyx dram, which is the original design for Child-Resistant certified cannabis packaging, and its modular inventory reconciliation system, influenced an entire environmentally responsible product family suite. For customers that put their money where their mouth is, Calyx Containers is dedicated to continuous innovation in order to establish an industry-wide standard for cannabis packaging.

Cannabis packaging company leaders gather to discuss challenges, opportunities and possible definitions and standards for sustainable packaging.