Top sustainable packaging issues—including composting, marine debris and the circular economy—led many of the sessions and conversations at the recent SustPack 2015 conference. Highlights and insights from the most “social” participants reveal today’s progress and tomorrow’s direction.
Tweets from the event—with LOTS of links and pix—are organized into:
• Business Insights
• New Ideas/Processes/Products
• Marine debris
• Circular economy
We start with Business Insights:
@SustPack: Answers: Consumer perception, policing, at-home manufacturing, logistics, identification, economics, securing feedstocks #sustpack15
@SustPack: More…using design, reuse, supply chain - tell us what you think the biggest challenges are #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: To read: Andrew Winston's The Big Pivot #sustpack15 @ninagoodrich
@DordanMfg: Have you heard of project MainStream? New initiative is the "global plastic packaging roadmap"; and eco design #sustpack15 #davos2015
@DordanMfg: How do we get better measurement tools in place? @usepagov #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Packaging is a tangible example that the sustainability illiterate understand @Walmart #sustpack15
@lisajmpierce: "Once that spark is lit, there's no stopping you," Daniel Bena, PepsiCo ambassador #sustpack15 pic.twitter.com/mMmc95w1u1
@DordanMfg: How do you lite that spark? Let's not underestimate the power of the groundswell from the bottom @PepsiCo #sustpack15
@lisajmpierce: Biggest problem for bioplastics is its sticker shock, Ian DeWeerdt, Full Cycle BioPlastics #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Seeing that a product is environmentally friendly makes consumers think that it is higher quality @NMITweets #sustpack15
@lisajmpierce: Consumption boom opens opportunities for the bio-based economy, Debra Darby, Darby Mktg, which will grow 400% by 2018 #sustpack15
@lisajmpierce: Committing to using 100% recycled content is like only eating leftovers: Bill Frerking at Georgia-Pacific #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Conclusion from presentation on evaluating #sustainability through an investment lens #sustpack15
@lisajmpierce: Investors need quality data & uniform reporting, says Bekefi. Add #sustainable info to 10Ks? Great idea! #sustpack15
@lisajmpierce: Investors r only interested in #sustainability when it is a threat or opportunity--like ALWAYS: Bekefi at #sustpack25
@lisajmpierce: Environmental issues r also economic ones, Tamara Bekefi, Daedalus Strategic Advising #sustpack15
@lisajmpierce: Nina Goodrich, Sustainable #Packaging Coalition: The folks in this room are the leaders of change #SustPack15
@MollysTweets: Consumer education is vital to show why and how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Say what?! Consumers less concerned about global warming than they were 10 years ago @NMITweets #sustpack15
@KimCarswell: Material sustainable programs = superior markets performance @SustPack #SustPack15
@DordanMfg: 93% of CEOs see #sustainability as a key to success; 73% believe embedding it into corporate strategy will facilitate growth #sustpack15
@MollysTweets: Whatever a co does to affect own footprint, it's not enough to affect the global changes we need. Preach! @MITSloanSusty #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Resource prices have increased since the turn of the century; we can't assume "business as usual" @ninagoodrich #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Not everything that counts is countable. Every solution needs a trail blazer. What is the next term solution? @pe_experts #sustpack15
Click next for #SustPack 2015 tweets on NEW IDEAS/PROCESSES/PRODUCTS.
#SustPack 2015 tweets on New Ideas/Processes/Products:
@DordanMfg: Methane is over 20-30% more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide @MangoMaterials #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: @MangoMaterials feeds methane to bacteria that produce a biopolymer that breaks down in any environment, including anaerobic #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Why edible? Means @LOLIWARE is truly compostable and go from cup to compost in 60 days #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Biodegredible, a new category of sustainable materials that are biodegradable and edible #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Put more products in the same amount of space—win for retailers with @myReplenish #sustpack15
@lisajmpierce: 1st barrier coating for food #packaging that is recyclable & compostable from Smart Planet Technologies #SustPack15
Click next for #SustPack 2015 tweets on RECYCLING.
#SustPack 2015 tweets on Recycling:
@lisajmpierce: 82% of consumers say the #How2Recycle label is somewhat to easy to understand, Kelly, SPC #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Let's shift to measuring recycling not based on weight but in the context of carbon emission savings @WasteManagement #sustpack15
@JeffWoosterRS: #sustpack15 Susan Robinson #recycling is not the goal; it is the means to achieve the goal. We ARE reducing waste
@DordanMfg: Does the fact that something can't be recycled make it bad? @WasteManagement #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Recycling is measured in weight, not volume. Packaging weighs 20% less than it did. Recycling 15-20% more volume because of this #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: More non-recyclable materials coming into MRFs; more low value materials coming into the stream @WasteManagement #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Glass is a drag on the system @WasteManagement #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: PET and aluminum have highest value for recyclers, but very limited volume #sustpack15 @WasteManagement
@DordanMfg: Inbound materials at MRFs is 45-60% paper and 40-55% containers @WasteManagement #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: Average 16% contamination at single stream facilities vs. 5% from multiple stream facilities @WasteManagement #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: The closed loop fund gives 0% interest loans to municipalities looking to spur recycling @Walmart #sustpack15
Click next for #SustPack 2015 tweets on REUSE.
#SustPack 2015 tweets on Reuse:
@MollysTweets: @myReplenish Great innovation. I loved your presentation! Any food apps? #sustpack15
@SustPack: Walmart’s CleanPath concentrates advance Replenish refill packaging … Great preview of next week #sustpack15's talks
Click next for #SustPack 2015 tweets on MARINE DEBRIS.
#SustPack 2015 tweets on Marine Debris:
@DordanMfg: #marinedebris panel talking about the responsibility of industry to provide capital for infrastructure #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: SCARY: Without a global effort, plastic waste discharges to the ocean will continue to grow. This makes me sad. #sustpack15 #marinedebris
@greenblueorg: Hey #sustpack15, Who said "Anything given time is biodegradable; you might as well put a sticker on yourself saying biodegradable"?
@SustPack: Marine debris - what should we do? http://social.ctml1.com/miniurl/a3BHn #sustpack15
Click next for #SustPack 2015 tweets on COMPOSTING.
#SustPack 2015 tweets on Composting:
@MollysTweets: Anaerobic digestion to increase by triple digit %s annually. Find this concerning as a bandaid to food waste problem. #sustpack15
@lisajmpierce: Designer's dilemma: How 2 marry in-use/storage/transit demand w/performance demand of composting environ #sustpack15 pic.twitter.com/l4RD3sn8ON
@lisajmpierce: Pseudo-compostables & mimics hurt image of certified compostables, BSI's Carson #sustpack15
@lisajmpierce: Compostability issues: infrastructure, policy & consumer awareness, Susanna Carson, prez, BSI #sustpack15
Click next for #SustPack 2015 tweets on the CIRCULAR ECONOMY.
#SustPack 2015 tweets on the Circular Economy:
@DordanMfg: Circular is a means to an end. It is an ideology that gets us to a sustainable society @pe_experts #sustpack15
@DordanMfg: The vision is about a lot more than single attribute goals like carbon #SUSTPACK15 #circulareconomy
Click here to read Slavin’s take-aways from SustPack 2015.