Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni is the founder and President of KoolEarth Solutions Inc., a technical consulting company focused on helping small as well as large companies develop and commercialize new sustainable packaging solutions as well as to improve the sustainability footprint of existing packaging. Combining a deep technical knowledge of packaging materials, with an equally in-depth understanding of business, consumer and sustainability requirements, KoolEarth Solutions Inc., can provide practical guidance and support in each step of development of sustainable packaging.
Dr. Kulkarni has over 20 years of industry experience working for several large packaging companies, such as International Paper and Georgia Pacific. He developed packaging that resulted in over $ 25 MM in revenue for these companies. Most recently he worked for PepsiCo, in the area of sustainable beverage packaging. During his 8 year tenure at PepsiCo, Dr. Kulkarni worked on a wide range of sustainable packaging initiatives such as a fiber-based bottle, bio-based plastics for beverage bottles and designing packaging for recyclability. Dr. Kulkarni has 7 granted patents as well as several publications in industry journals. He has also served on the advisory board for the Sustainability in Packaging conference 2018, as well as the judging panel for the Circular Design Challenge within the Ellen MacArthur New Plastics Economy initiative. He has also delivered several invited presentations, at international conferences, on the topics of sustainability and sustainable packaging. Dr. Kulkarni serves as an Adjunct Professor at The Packaging School (affiliated with Clemson University) as well as in the Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University.
Dr. Kulkarni is also a Certified Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practitioner through the Center for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE)