4 new consumer sustainability trends and their packaging implications

Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor

May 24, 2018

In our digitalized world, how is people’s relationship with physical things—“stuff”—changing and why? And what opportunities does this mean for packaging? “Explorer” Sharon Greene of Alice Labs answers these questions as she explains four new consumer sustainability trends:

1. Repurpose

2. Reuse

3. Research

4. Rejoice

As director of socio-cultural trends and strategy development at Alice Labs, a strategic management consulting company specialized in finding future growth, Greene is a multi-cultural business leader responsible for developing an approach to sustainability-led value creation.

Greene delivered a presentation called “Stuff in Flux” on Wed., Apr. 25, at SPC Impact 2018, the leading sustainability and packaging conference by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

In this five-minute video, Greene of identifies four key areas where sustainability will play an essential role in consumers’ lives—and what this means for packaging moving forward.


Production efficiencies, ecommerce challenges, sustainability trends, new bioplastic technologies and more are among the topics on the agenda at the new Packaging Education Hub at EastPack 2018 (June 12-14; NYC). This free educational program will have more than 15 hours of can’t-miss presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Register to attend for free today!

About the Author(s)

Lisa McTigue Pierce

Executive Editor, Packaging Digest

Lisa McTigue Pierce is Executive Editor of Packaging Digest. She’s been a packaging media journalist since 1982 and tracks emerging trends, new technologies, and best practices across a spectrum of markets for the publication’s global community. Reach her at [email protected] or 630-272-1774.

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