Emily Tipaldo, Executive Director, U.S. Plastics Pact
With more than a decade of experience with plastics, recycling, and materials management, Emily brings her skills of stakeholder engagement, industry expertise, and passion for reducing climate change to the U.S. Plastics Pact. The U.S. Plastics Pact is an ambitious initiative led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to unify diverse public-private stakeholders across the plastics value chain to rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics, to create a path toward a circular economy for plastic in the United States. Through previous work with the research and consulting company MORE Recycling and the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, Emily built incredible knowledge and value chain connections that support her work today as Executive Director of the U.S. Plastics Pact.
Why I Care About the Circular Economy
“As a mom, and a sustainability professional, I constantly battle with myself over convenience and responsible material and resource use. I think often about how we might reframe or modify how we measure prosperity, to be less focused on production and consumption, and more focused on value creation. As a parent I worry about my little ones’ futures and view the realization of a circular economy as a critical step to preserving our environment.”
Personal Passions and Interests
When not thinking about the U.S. Plastics Pact, Emily and her family can be found chasing little ones on the Charleston, South Carolina, beaches.
- Co-Author: Resource Recycling – Unlocking the plastic paradox
- Co-Author: Systems analysis for PET and olefin polymers in a circular economy
- GreenBlue Blog: Sustainable Materials Management and Natural Capital Valuation
- Award Recipient: 2017 Edison Awards: Women Behind Innovation
- Award Recipient: Plastics News Rising Star 2015
- Master’s Degree in International Relations from University of Westminster
Join the U.S. Plastics Pact as it builds the circular economy for plastics packaging by contacting Emily at etipaldo @ usplasticspact.org