SustPack 2017 Workshops

Afternoon SustPack 2017 Workshops 

*You must register for the full SustPack 2017 conference to be able to attend the below workshops. Workshops are  at  no additional cost, as they are included in the price of your SustPack 2017 delegate ticket. 

Workshop 1: The APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability: 1:00-4:00 pm - FULL

(Max 56 participants)

John Standish, APR’s Technical Director 

Working with Brand Owners to Meet Sustainability Goals

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.

Workshop will include topics such as:

  • Outline APR's definition of plastics recyclability
  • Outline the importance of package design in the recycling process
  • Present APR's Recyclability Categories
  • Outline how implementing The APR Design Guide throughout the product design process ensures compatibility with today's recycle infrastructure
  • A review of the relationship between The APR Design Guide and the "How2Recycle" label
  • Case studies with specific company products identified during pre-training discussions
  • Wrap-up session with hosts to capture action items and opportunities created by training


  • Enhanced understanding of the plastics recycling process
  • Greater awareness of the impact of design features on recyclability
  • Ability to design recycle friendly packages
  • Ability to forecast the recyclability of innovations
  • Gain networking contacts for ongoing support

Who should attend?

  • Package Design Engineers
  • Sustainability Managers
  • Product & Market Managers
  • Procurement Managers

Workshop 2: Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Designed for SustPack 2017: 1:00-3:00 pm  FULL

(Max 56 participants)

Kelly Cramer, Senior Manager, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue

Workshop 3: Food Waste Innovation: Designing for Waste Reduction: 3:00-5:00 pm

(Max 56 participants)

Matthew Ridenour, Business Strategy and Partnerships, IDEO 

Workshop 4:  When Certified Isn't an Option: Sourcing Responsibly from US Woodlands: 1:00-2:00 pm 

(Max 50 participants)

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

Workshop 5: Biopolymers Power Hour: 3:30-4:30 pm  FULL

(Max 50 participants)

Since its inception, the bioplastics industry has defined its products using the all-too-well-known descriptor – bioplastics are either biobased, biodegradable, or both.   

With experience spanning some three decades in the polymer & fibers industry, Steve Davies argues that it is time for the industry to move beyond this simple definition, and that the industry’s continued resolute focus strictly on where its materials come from and where they go, can ultimately be self-limiting. In the past decade especially, the industry as a whole has made big strides in broadening the functional property set of its materials, and the number of applications, as well as the new grades and formulations have proliferated.

Join the Biopolymers Power Hour for what promises to be a high energy and provocative discussion that spans from feedstocks, to material functionality, all grounded in the context of both the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent blueprint for rethinking the future of plastics and the SPC’s definition of sustainable packaging.

Steve Davies, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs, NatureWorks

Workshop 6: Reducing Impact: Key Considerations for Paper Packaging: 4:00-5:00 pm

(Max 40 participants)

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

Workshop 7: What is SPC? Meet and Greet for new comers and attendees who would like to find out more about the Sustainable Packaging Coalition: 4:00-5:00 pm

(Max 60 participants)

Workshop 8: COMPASS- Leveraging Streamlined LCA to facilitate sustainable design:  4:00-5:00 pm

Learn how COMPASS, the leading streamlined life cycle assessment tool for packaging, can be used to baseline the environmental characteristics of packaging and incorporate sustainable packaging design strategies into business decisions. Incorporating real examples and case studies, this workshop will give attendees a detailed understanding of the ways in which COMPASS can be used to understand and improve the sustainability of primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging systems.

(Max 56 participants)

Prashant Jagtap, President & CEO, Trayak

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