In pursuit of compostable flexible packaging
One of our key initiatives is to secure a functional and sustainable option for our heat sealable/flexible overwrap and pouch applications. This is an Achilles heel in the industry since many of the most sustainably minded companies in the world do not have an environmentally friendly, non-GMO option when it comes to flexible packages.
We believe that the best way to address this significant challenge is to open source our work. Nearly every company is trying to accomplish a similar goal, and by working together, we have the chance to drive an industry shift toward a planet-friendly approach.
Expo West 2016 – 3rd Annual Network Breakfast
Since our first Packaging Collaborative meeting at Expo West 2013, we have continued to make progress on compostable packaging solutions and believe the best way to drive this critically important sustainability initiative is to create and open, collaborative environment. To date we have:
- Built a collaborative group agreeing to pool their collective demand
- Developed an OSC2 packaging series of compostable structures with our packaging partners
- Tested these with our members’ ingredients. We have tested over 18 different ingredients across 6 different structures to radically advance our technical understanding of compostable materials.
- Supported the launch of the first compostable film package with our member brand, Alter Eco Foods:
- Built an advisory team to lead the work from Futamura, Elk Design, Alter Eco, Numi Tea, Biobag, BPI, and Novamont.
- Helped to reduce pricing on compostable packaging
- Published a position paper on the compostable path for our members
- Published a certifications approach for our members
- Hosted webinars and roundtable gatherings and presentations on how to achieve our packaging goals together
- Awarded bonuses to stand out operations leaders: Jean Cloutier formerly of Alter Eco and Brian Durkee of Numi Organic Tea for their tireless, passionate work toward helping drive this change in the industry
- Introduced high-level renewables content into our structural development and analysis.
Next, we’ll be working on comparative study for different flexible film structures and their environmental impacts: Compostable, Renewable, Recyclable, and Conventional
For more information or to get involved please contact Lara Dickinson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Annual fees to participate range from $2,000 to $3,200 depending on your company’s size.
Our Packaging Collaborative landed at SoCap 2015 – Lara Dickinson and Jeanne Cloutier (formerly of Alter Eco) spoke of the inspiration for this sustainable movement toward an industry-wide solution.