SustPack 2017 Conference Day 1

SustPack 2017: Monday, April 24 | Tours and Workshops

The SustPack 2017 ticket price will include these complimentary half-day tours and workshops that will further your sustainability knowledge and efforts.

* You must register for the full SustPack 2017 conference to attend the tours and workshops

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SustPack 2017 | Morning Tours

  1. Adaptive Reuse Tour of Downtown Phoenix

    7:30 am -12:00 pm

    In recent years, historic preservation groups, city leaders and entrepreneurs have stepped in to prevent Phoenix’s significant architecture from being razed and replaced with generic strip malls. New life has been breathed into historic and vintage modern buildings in unique ways. Jump on this light rail tour that shows how locally owned businesses are re-using buildings and by doing so, transforming the communities around them for the better. We’ll visit the offices of WebPT in the warehouse district, soak in the Art Deco ambiance of the Luhrs Tower, check out the DeSoto building, Phoenix Public Market, Lux Coffee and end at the Newton, a former restaurant that has been transformed into a bookstore, restaurant, garden shop and meeting venue.

  2. Sedona Recycles

    7:45 am - 4:00 pm

    The rural town of Sedona is visited by thousands of tourists each year, eager to get a glimpse  of its red rocks. The town is also home to an amazing community recycling center, Sedona Recycles. This nonprofit operation has drop-off locations throughout the town, along with several in other nearby towns. They accept traditional co-mingled recycling along with a variety of items including Styrofoam blocks, electronic waste, corks, golf balls, books and more. They have an impressive social mission that not only alleviates waste, but also works with community members to get reusable items into the hands of those that need them most; hiring adults with development disabilities, and even making sure the stray cats that hang around the facility get vaccinated and fixed. 

  3. Art Resource Center Tour

    8:00 am -10:00 am

    This nonprofit center collects items headed for the landfill or recycling center and gives themnew life in the hands of educators and artists. Visitors find a wide variety of items including fabric, paper, wine corks, jewelry, ceramics, plastic containers, paint, crayons etc. By recycling art worthy materials for creative minds, the ARC is filling the ever widening funding gap of nonprofits by providing quality materials to continue the passion we call art. Tour would be given by founder Sherrie Zeitlin, who will talk to attendees about what schools and artists are doing to reuse items and how she operates this unique center. The ARC has approximately 3400 sq. ft. of space filled with materials for the nonprofit art world to take away free of charge. We welcome all teachers k-12, colleges and universities, any charity and nonprofit entity, and even homeschooling parents to take away anything free of charge. "Always free always will be" is our motto.

    Individuals not associated with nonprofits are welcome to come and shop and many artists do just that to help us stay afloat.

    We have been open for 13 years and are run totally by volunteers. Everything we have has been given to us; we buy nothing and turn away much because we just don't have the space to house everything. We needed a paper cutter years ago and spent $200 for a good one; a few weeks later we received two almost identical. When we need something now we always wait that two weeks to see what might come our way!

  4. Resource Innovation Campus- FULL

    8:00 am-12:00 pm

    During the tour of the City of Phoenix Resource Innovation Campus, guests will get an up close and personal look of a site that drives economic growth and job creation through education, collaboration and innovation. The Campus includes the 27th Ave Transfer Station, Municipal Recycling Facility, pilot composting program, Compost facility (under construction), Artist in residency program, a company that turns palm fronds into animal feed, future sites of businesses and the future home of the Resource Innovation Solutions Network Circular Economy Technology Solutions Incubator.

  5. Arizona State University Sustainability Walking Tour- FULL

    8:30 am-10:30 am

    Arizona State University is uniquely situated to address sustainability in a desert climate. Join  us for an hour-long walking tour that will cover sustainability in University operations including energy innovations and zero waste. Tour highlights include: LEED-certified buildings, solar installations, and a variety of examples that comprise an integrated, university-wide approach to sustainability at ASU.

  6. Organix Solutions Blown Film Extruder Line Tour- FULL

    8:30 am -10:30 am

    Tour Organix Solutions’ state-of-the-art blown film line designed specifically around the ideal operating performance for biopolymer films. Start a walk-through of the manufacturing  area of the Marathon brand of compactors and balers used in solid waste and recycling applications.  Tour guests will see how compactors are custom built.  The tour continues through the large open manufacturing area to the custom-designed blown film extrusion and converting equipment.

    *This tour is designed for brand owners and packaging designers.  Given the proprietary technology, we regret that other blown film manufacturers are not allowed on this tour.  


SustPack 2017 | Afternoon Workshops

  1. The APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability- FULL

    1:00-4:00 pm


    John Standish, Technical Director, Association of Plastics Recyclers

    The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, recognizes that companies want to design packaging that is recyclable and sustainable. The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability is the most comprehensive resource in the marketplace today that helps companies design packaging that is compatible with existing recycling infrastructure. The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability Training Program brings these resources directly to brand owners and their packaging professionals through customized sessions designed to meet the specific needs of each company. The goal of each program is to encourage packaging and design professionals to incorporate recyclable design elements during the initial stages, and throughout the design of new packaging concepts.

  2. Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Designed for SustPack 2017- FULL

    1:00-3:00 pm


  3. When Certified Isn't an Option: Sourcing Responsibly from US Woodlands

    1:00-2:00 pm

    Many brands use procurement policies and goals as an effective way to meet sustainability goals and objectives. In the paper and packaging industry, this often means sourcing pulp and paper products from certified sources. Access to certified fiber is limited and many companies face the decision of how to meet responsible sourcing goals when certified fiber is not available. GreenBlue's FPWG, in partnership with the American Forest Foundation, has been working on a project to address this very challenges. Come to this workshop to learn more about the innovative work and how to gain confidence that your wood fiber is coming from responsibly managed forests. 

    Tom Pollock, Senior Manager Forest Products, GreenBlue and Sarah Crow, Senior Director of Certification at the American Forest Foundation

  4. Food Waste Innovation: Designing for Waste Reduction

    3:00-5:00 pm

    Did you know 30-40% of the food we produce every year is wasted? Join IDEO’s open innovation community, OpenIDEO as we explore innovation in the food space. How might we use innovative methods to dramatically reduce waste? Join us for this interactive session where we will walk through the Human-Centered Design process –– from Research to Iteration to Prototyping. We look forward to designing with you!

  5. Biopolymers Power Hour- FULL

    3:30-4:30 pm


    Steve Davies, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs, NatureWorks

  6. Reducing Impact: Key Considerations for Paper Packaging

    4:00-5:00 pm

    Whether you’re responsible for the sourcing or design of sustainable products, you have the power to facilitate change and make a difference. The first step is understanding the key considerations in your role and how to practically implement them. How do you know what’s the right material to choose, should it be certified or made with recycled content? What are the impacts of different design choices? How do you design for sustainability? We’ll explore these questions and more. Is there a specific issue you’re dealing with? Bring it with, we will share and discuss these as a group

    Evan Bruner, Project Associate, GreenBlue

  7. What is SPC? Meet and Greet for new comers and attendees

    4:00-5:00 pm

    What is SPC? Meet and Greet for new comers and attendees who would like to find out more the Sustainable Packaging Coalition

  8. COMPASS- Leveraging Streamlined LCA to facilitate sustainable design

    4:00-5:00 pm

    Prashant Jagtap, President & CEO, Trayak

    Learn about Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and how this methodology can facilitate the design of more sustainable primary, secondary, and tertiary packages. We will discuss limitations of full LCA and how to leverage screening LCA to quickly determine, quantify, and compare all environmental impacts of design and material decisions throughout a packages entire life cycle. We will also explore several real-life challenges that are facing packaging engineers and show how LCA can illuminate crucial package design decisions. We will give attendees a chance to walk through real life examples, discuss implementation of sustainable design strategies, and examine the role LCA should play in this process to improve sustainability of packaging systems. 

SustPack 2017 | Opening Reception

  1. Evening Reception and SPC Innovator Awards Ceremony