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The State of Sustainable Packaging in 2016: FREE Webinar

How2Recycle Label on Sustainable Packaging

StandUpPouches.net, a leading supplier in flexible packaging solutions, debuted a complimentary webinar today discussing the state of sustainable packaging in 2016.

Nina Goodrich, Executive Director at GreenBlue and Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, joined StandUpPouches.net President and CEO David Marinac to share her expert insights on how brands can implement sustainability initiatives throughout the entire supply chain.

The online presentation serves as the most recent in StandUpPouches.net’s Webinars That Work series, which invites industry leaders to engage in a conversation that informs and educates audiences about the unexpected ways packaging can build brands and serve as the catalyst for creating new relationships with consumers.

In the new, on-demand webinar, Goodrich explains the importance of providing a level of education that allows companies across the globe to discuss the topic of sustainability and create action to enact more eco-friendly practices across their operations. Packaging, she said, serves as the visible presence of any brand, and it is a great avenue to engage in the initial conversation of sustainability both internally and with customers.

As an internationally recognized thought leader in the packaging industry, with incomparable expertise in sustainability, innovation and organizational development, Goodrich has worked as the director of initiatives such as PAC NEXT, Alcan Packaging Inc. and Amcor PET Packaging before joining GreenBlue and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition in 2012. She currently dedicates her efforts to researching and promoting the principles of sustainable materials management to help industries grow and thrive with the betterment of the planet in mind.

“Nina Goodrich is, without a doubt, one of the most knowledgeable experts in sustainability and — more specifically — sustainable packaging,” Marinac said. “She easily could have talked circles around those of us just learning about this often confusing and intimidating subject. However, she was one of the warmest and most gracious guests we’ve ever hosted. This webinar will help the novice, as well as sustainability expert, with refreshing thoughts and insights that can be implemented immediately.”

In the webinar, Marinac and Goodrich give an informative presentation on the following topics:

  • Sustainable Materials Management – How to use the right amount of materials wisely and navigate their origins
  • Material Health – Understanding how product and packaging materials affect our health, how to eliminate toxicity and provide more transparency to consumers
  • Recovery – How to keep materials available for use and reuse
  • Life Cycle Thinking – How to utilize this approach to assess your company’s sustainability impact
  • Creating a Design for Sustainability – Using sourcing, efficiency and recovery
  • What the How2Recycle Coalition is and How It Affects Packaging and Labeling
  • How to Enact Sustainable Practices Across the Entire Supply Chain

The on-demand webinar is free and available for immediate viewing here:

The State of Sustainable Packaging 2016

About GreenBlue and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition:

GreenBlue is a nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society. The organization brings together key stakeholders to encourage innovation and best practices to promote the creation of a more sustainable materials economy, where human activity is in balance with Earth's carrying capacity. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition is a project of GreenBlue, serving as an industry working group dedicated to a more robust environmental vision for packaging. 

Topics: Supply Chain Management

Brittany Nader

Written by Brittany Nader

What LEGO’s Sustainable Packaging Teaches Us About Overseas Innovation

Since 1949, children across the globe have fawned over tiny, plastic, interlocking bricks.

LEGOs are a not only a classic toy but a staple in many households. Many kids beg their parents to take them to the majestic LEGOLAND, an amusement park where all their wishes and dreams could come true.

Why Nestlé, Unilever & PepsiCo are Banning Oxo-degradable Plastic Packaging

Originally marketed as an eco-friendly packaging material, new evidence regarding the potentially negative impact of oxo-degradable plastics has led a number of companies and governments to restrict their use.

More than 150 companies and global organizations, including Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo, have recently endorsed a total ban on the material in light of its potentially negative environmental impact.

Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which includes select plastic pouch bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it claims to degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead, fragment into tiny shards of plastic that actually contribute to plastic pollution.

Often, consumers think that because a material is biodegradable, it can be composted or even littered on the ground, because, it is thought, the material will break down into nothing over time. This actually ends up leading to an increase in pollution, since consumers don’t end up recycling or repurposing the material, and misconceptions about how the plastic will degrade leads them to end up putting it back into landfills.

What is important to note in this case is that although oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable, being biodegradable does not necessarily mean that a material is eco-friendly. Although these plastics do break down over time, the tiny pieces they break down into are still plastics that contribute to pollution — they do not degrade into nothing or into another usable substance.

For companies looking to make the switch to sustainable packaging, it is important to consider that sustainable packaging does not necessarily mean biodegradable packaging, and vice versa.

Why New FDA Guidelines Could Bring Big Changes to Pet Food Packaging

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency and accountability from all types of products, and pet food is no exception.

Greater scrutiny over pet food ingredients, and an increasing demand for responsibility, sustainability and complete transparency from pet food manufacturers is driving change within the industry. As the consumer demand for “clean” pet food labeling evolves as a major topic within the world of pet packaging, FDA guidelines are shifting.

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