Tamar Abzianidze is a Packaging Sustainability Researcher and Communication Manager from Tbilisi, Georgia. With her ISA research project, she works to address the scarcity of sorting and recycling packaging in shipping companies in Georgia, which lacks a proper waste management system.
During her 8-month ISA Research scholarship in Hamburg, Germany, Tamar created a 79-page research project titled "Cardboard Packaging Recycling System in Germany and the European Union and Its Impact on Climate Change." In July and August 2023, Tamar started implementing her ISA project in Tbilisi. She organized a big conference at Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University, which was attended by various stakeholders. Tamar also visited the oldest TV broadcasting studio, 1TV, and gave a live interview on the radio program "Pikis Saati".
Tamar's research focuses on commerce-related packaging recycling practices, specifically corrugated cardboard, its regulations and policies, sortation technologies in Germany and the EU, and their impact on climate change.
Her ISA project contributes to the UN SDGs 5, 12, 13, and 17. The research integrates results-oriented activities, forthcoming regulations in Europe, sortation technologies, best practices and campaigns in the corrugated cardboard recycling/upcycling industry, experience sharing from attended recycling exhibitions and conferences in Europe, as well as interviews with sustainability professionals and their recommendations on developing paper recycling practices in Georgia.
Tamar kick-started the first commerce-related cardboard packaging recycling project in a shipping company in Georgia, and her project was chosen as a finalist for the Corporate Responsibility Award 2021 organized by Global Compact Network Georgia.
Tamar has established online Impact Tours on her YouTube page “Explore Sustainability” and on her LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram page titled: ‘ParCycling’, where she spreads information mainly in the field of 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) of packages. Tamar aspires to continue recording Impact Tours via integrating video storytelling.
Project Title: "Cardboard Packaging Recycling System in Germany and the European Union and Its Impact on Climate Change"
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia.
Type of Collaboration: Financial, Technical, Academic, and Mentorship.
1. Financial Support:
I am seeking financial support to help facilitate a study visit or internship in cardboard upcycling/recycling companies or research institutions. Additionally, funding is needed for upcycling/recycling technologies specifically targeting cardboard and paper materials.
I need financial assistance for the necessary gadgets for my YouTube page, "Explore Sustainability." Through this platform, I aim to create and share informative videos that utilize storytelling to highlight innovative upcycling/recycling projects and best practices.
Gadgets: microphone, projector and its accessories, drone, cardboard laser, cardboard shredder, and a colorful printer.
Your support in funding these endeavors would greatly contribute to my efforts in promoting sustainable practices and raising awareness about the importance of upcycling and recycling in the packaging industry.
2. Technical Partnership:
Providing an internship and/or a study visit in a cardboard upcycling/ recycling company. The internship will help me become familiar with the strategic, technical, and logistical aspects of establishing a cardboard upcycling company from scratch. It will also assist in expanding the production of the guest company in Eastern Europe, specifically Tbilisi, Georgia.
3. Academic Teamwork:
Establishing partnerships for collaborative research projects in the field of packages upcycling/recycling at research institutions, universities, schools, and/or recycling companies' research centres.
4. Mentorship Cooperation:
I would love to find a mentor in the fields of package upcycling and recycling industries, sustainability, regeneration, and circular economy topics. Specifically, I am interested in working towards effectively integrating and implementing package recyclability in ESG reporting, CSRD, and Regulations on Packaging and Packaging Waste, as well as drafting policy proposals and regulations in Europe and Eastern European countries. Additionally, I am interested in learning about how package producer companies handle the full-chain recycling system, how they calculate CO2 emissions, and how effectively they manage package traceability.
In return, I will provide assistance to the mentor by supporting the creation of rewarding presentation slides, drafting reports, and advising on state-of-the-art communication strategies in the digital world. I will also provide updated information about prominent recycling conferences in Europe.
In case of collaboration and/or questions, please reach out to me on my LinkedIn profile, attached below in the Social Networks and/or via email addresses: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org