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Collaboratives

Connect: Collaboratives bring together subgroups of SPC members who have shared interests in a specific topic in sustainable packaging and regularly convene to discuss or deliberate this topic. They serve as a forum to promote partnerships and supply chain collaboration by connecting members to one another on topics of interest.

Learn: Collaboratives serve as conduits for knowledge transfer and awareness among SPC members. The shared goal of all SPC Collaboratives is to help guide SPC members and the industry at large on navigating and addressing sustainable packaging challenges by working together to identify key opportunity areas, uncover and compile key learnings and, where applicable, lay out best practices.

Share: Collaboratives are a key platform to establish and share best practices and learnings on topics in sustainable packaging with SPC members and the packaging community overall, that can be translated into actionable strategies.

Engage:
Collaboratives serve as a key point of interaction between the SPC and its members and also provide important insights that help inform other SPC activities.

Active Collaboratives

Shipping Liquids Collaborative

Discussing and mapping key issues and learnings on where damages occur in liquids shipping, the testing environment, and sustainable packaging solutions.

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Compostable Packaging Collaborative

Sharing knowledge and best practices on labeling and composting infrastructure for compostable packaging, including both fiber products and compostable bioplastics.

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Next Markets Collaborative

Exploring how companies can support current and future end markets to create more demand for recycled materials.

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Multi-Material Flexible Packaging Recovery Collaborative

This collaborative’s studies sustainable end-of-life solutions for multi-laminate flexible packaging.

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Safe & Circular Materials Collaborative

Exploring the challenges of safe and circular packaging materials and accelerating the transition to safer alternatives.

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Residential Mixed Paper Collaborative

This collaborative will explore the recovery and utilization of residential mixed paper (RMP).

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Completed Collaboratives

Verifying Responsible Sourcing Collaborative

Developed an educational resource to help companies reach responsible sourcing goals, implement due diligence strategies and verify their fiber supply.

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Transport Packaging

Studied the role that transport packaging plays in sustainability. Developed a resource on definitions and key considerations.

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Cold Chain Packaging

Worked to unify the understanding of sustainable packaging for temperature-sensitive products as seen here.

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The Role of Packaging in WBCSD’s Vision 2050

Studied how packaging fits into the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Vision 2050.

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Energy Recovery

Gathered and shared knowledge about energy recovery solutions for packaging and created a database, summary report and research & technologies.

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Inks, Coatings, and Adhesives

Studied the sustainability considerations relevant to inks, coatings, and adhesives used in packaging.

Consumer Outreach & Education

Explored consumer messaging around why packaging makes our world more sustainable. See the first and second prize videos of the student contest.

Meaningful Marketing Claims

Studied the role of marketing in making packaging more sustainable and how marketing professionals can communicate the sustainability attributes.