SustPack 2017 details announced

Packaging sustainability conference and exhibition to be held April 24-26 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

December 7, 2016
Recycling Today Staff
Conferences & Events Municipal / IC&I Paper Plastics

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), Charlottesville, Virginia, and U.K.-based Smithers Pira have announced the dates and location for SustPack 2017, a three-day event offering a comprehensive look at the inputs, outputs and impacts of packaging in supply chain sustainability. SustPack 2017 will host more than 500 brands, organizations, government officials and academia in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 24-26, 2017.

Through engaging panel conversations and exploratory workshops and tours around the Phoenix area, the 2017 program will provide a wide variety of sessions aimed at elevating the conversation around sustainable packaging. Presenters will review the end-of-life debates across recycling and composting, and will assess the commercial, environmental and societal impacts of improving packaging sustainability, according to event organizers. SustPack is a conference for all members of the supply chain, from sustainability directors to material manufacturers, who will come together to discuss challenges, innovations and ideas.

“For SustPack 2017, we are preparing an event program that will thread through packaging inputs such as sustainable sourcing, the demystification of packaging metrics and policy in North America, outputs in e-commerce packaging and impacts in the supply chain through food waste reduction, compostable packaging and building trust in recycling,” says Nina Goodrich, executive director of GreenBlue and director of the SPC. “Attendees will get an extensive update on what is happening in the space and how they and their companies can take part in advancing packaging sustainability.”

A few of this year’s confirmed speakers include Amazon.com Inc., Nike Inc., Coca-Cola Co., Intel Corp. and Target Corp.

“Building off the success of last year’s program, the 2017 conference will continue to offer attendees the opportunity to develop partnerships with other organizations that will benefit their products and bottom line, as well as find out how to create a package that their customers will love and that is truly sustainable,” says Ciaran Little, director of operations—Americas, at Smithers Pira. “With over 500 business executives, R&D (research and development) leaders, sustainability directors and government policy makers slated to attend, SustPack 2017 continues to be a must-attend event for the sustainable packaging supply chain.”

Registration for SustPack 2017 is now open. SPC members can register here, open registration can be done here.

The SPC, a project of GreenBlue, is a membership group that brings together business, educational institutions, and government agencies to collectively broaden the understanding of packaging sustainability and develop improvements for packaging systems. Through strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, the SPC says it endeavors to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials.

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, the company provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance.