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  • 22 Mar 2021

CELAB elects global board members

CELAB (Circular Economy for Labels) has elected members of its global executive board

CELAB (Circular Economy for Labels), a global consortium of companies in the self-adhesive label industry, has elected members of its global executive board.

Renae Kezar, global senior director and head of sustainability at Avery Dennison, was elected to serve as global executive board president.

‘We are pleased with the great response we have received from companies with both a global and regional presence to our coalition. Members are committed to working together to create a more sustainable pressure-sensitive label industry,’ said Kezar. ‘We are also committed to making tangible progress on our goals as quickly as possible. CELAB has already established branches in Europe and North America, where workstreams are conducting technical and educational work, and we will soon expand into Asia and other regions.’

CELAB’s executive board includes:

  • president – Renae Kezar, Avery Dennison
  • vice president – Ed LaForge, Mactac
  • treasurer – Jurgen Van der Donck, Mondi Group
  • at-large seat: PSL manufacturer – Juha Virmavirta, UPM Raflatac
  • at-large seat: supply chain – Uwe Duesterwald, BASF Corporation
  • workstream leader: data mining and market research – Stijn Billiet, Multi-Color Corporation
  • workstream leader: recycling network logistics – Willi Munninger, Mondi Group
  • workstream leader: technical – Alex Knott, Dow Performance Silicones
  • workstream leader: membership, expansion, and communications – Brian Lawrence, Henkel

Formed in 2020, CELAB is working to create a sustainable pressure-sensitive labeling industry by increasing access to matrix and liner recycling. Its executive board members are responsible for establishing policies and overseeing activities conducted through global and branch workstreams to ensure regionally appropriate initiatives and cooperation. CELAB activities focus on sponsoring research, sharing information, and educating stakeholders, policymakers, and the public through proactive communication.

A complete list of global, North American, and European CELAB members can be found on the consortium’s website:

Click here to read L&L’s recent Q&A session with CELAB representatives and find out more about the consortium and its sustainability efforts.


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