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Sustainability

What is Sustainable Packaging?

The Sustainable Packaging Alliance (SPA) defines sustainable packaging as effective, efficient, cyclic, and safe.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) defines sustainable packaging that:

  1. Is beneficial, safe & healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle;
  2. Meets market criteria for performance and cost;
  3. Is sourced, manufactured, transported, and recycled using renewable energy;
  4. Maximizes the use of renewable or recycled source materials;
  5. Is manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices;
  6. Is made from materials healthy in all probable end of life scenarios;
  7. Is physically designed to optimize materials and energy;
  8. Is effectively recovered and utilized in biological and/or industrial cradle to cradle cycles.

The concept blends sustainability objectives with business considerations and strategies that address the environmental concerns related to the life cycle of packaging. By successfully addressing these criteria, packaging can be transformed into a cradle-to-cradle flow of packaging materials in a system that is economically robust and provides benefit throughout the life cycle - a sustainable packaging system.

For more information on the Sustainable Packaging Alliance, visit the SPA website.

For more information on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, visit the SPC website.