New Report on How to Achieve Ambitious Sustainable Packaging Commitments

December 18, 2018

Increasingly, leading brands, retailers, and packaging companies are publicly committing to working toward the use of 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable plastic packaging by 2025. At the same time that companies are setting these circular goals, the recycling industry is facing significant headwinds, including China’s restriction on the import of contaminated recycling materials and insufficient infrastructure in the U.S. Given this complex state of affairs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and AMERIPEN decided to host an event, "Unwrapping Ambitious Packaging Commitments in the U.S., "with leaders across the recycling supply chain on how to best work together and overcome these challenges.

Today, the Chamber Foundation released a report that summarizes the insights from our "Unwrapping Ambitious Packaging Commitments in the U.S." event held in Boston, Massachusetts on September 28, 2018. The discussion included 22 thought leaders representing a variety of material substrates, and spanning the scope of the U.S. packaging value chain, including  government officials, material producers, technology innovators, and retail brands.

In this salon conversation, participants explored current state of the U.S. recovery landscape, innovations in packaging and recovery, policy needs, and environmental tradeoffs in order to generate recommendations of collaborative models and actions needed to realize success. Insights from those discussions are captured in the report.

To help explore opportunities, risk, and unintended consequences, four distinct challenges were posed to participants to explore circular packaging goals within the context of the packaging value chain. Insights from those discussions are captured in the report.

Packaging is not waste; rather, it protects products from damage, spoilage, and loss. A comprehensive strategy is needed that incorporates product design innovation, market demand for recycled materials, consumer education, strategy harmonization and stakeholder collaboration. The common themes and insights contained in this report provide ways to begin formulating that comprehensive strategy.

Click here to access the report.