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Wednesday 26th February 2020

Tom Hallam: Paper Bottles, Paper Batteries and Bag

— Smoke and Mirrors
A talk about replacing plastic with paper, trees and paper batteries
price: entry is free


Bristol Skeptics in the Pub presents a talk by Tom Hallam

Tom will explore how new paper technologies can reduce the use of plastic and lower the carbon footprint of brand owners and retailers worldwide.

The talk will also address broader environmental questions. If using paper boosts demand, doesn’t that mean paper companies will plant more trees, in which case it is actually beneficial to the environment to consume paper? Or do the paper companies just cut down virgin forests? Is reducing and recycling the answer? Tom will present several perspectives.

DOORS: 19:00

START: 19:30

Admission is FREE but during the interval we asks for donations. This is to cover speaker expenses and marketing costs such as social media fees and flyers. If you cannot afford to make a donation please do not. If you can, £3-£5 would be greatly appreciated.

Venue: Smoke and Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street

Two for one pizzas available from the bar! 10% off all drinks!

Tom Hallam is a Business Development Director at BillerudKorsnas, a Swedish pulp and paper company. Tom’s work involves developing paper-based packaging technologies and solutions to replace conventional plastic ones.

He is also a board member of the UK division of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC UK). This is a non-government organization which promotes sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.

Tom was previously an independent environmental consultant for his company Brand Ethics Limited and has previous experience with Finnish Forest products company UPM-Kymmene and in consumer products for Reckitt Benckiser.

What is Skeptics in the Pub?

In 1999, Dr Scott Campbell founded Skeptics in the Pub. The group was created for those interested in science, history, psychology, philosophy, investigative journalism and how to examine extraordinary claims of all types. Initially only in London, there now be over 100 SitP groups around the world.

The Bristol meeting is presented by the Bristol Skeptics Society, formed in 2009. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Smoke & Mirrors bar on Denmark Street.

A speaker is invited each month to present a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere. Previous speakers in Bristol include Simon Singh, David Colquhon, David Nutt and Susan Blackmore.

There are no tickets, just show up!

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Tom Hallam: Paper Bottles, Paper Batteries and Bag at Smoke and Mirrors in Bristol
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