Who We Are

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition® (SPC) is an industry working group dedicated to a more robust environmental vision for packaging. Through strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, we endeavor to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials.

The SPC is a project of GreenBlue®, a nonprofit that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable.



Project News

Scaling Up Composting in the Charlotte Region
The SPC has teamed with the Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability Center (IDEAS) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), as well as Elemental Impact and Earth Farms, to bring organics and compostable packaging diversion beyond the pilot phase. A grant from EPA Region IV makes this project possible! 

Inks, Coatings, and Adhesives
This Industry Leadership Committee studies the sustainability considerations relevant to inks, coatings, and adhesives.            


Registration is now open for SUSTPACK 2015! Building off of the success of Smithers Pira's Sustainability in Packaging conference and the SPC Spring Conference, SUSTPACK 2015 will serve the needs of the entire supply chain. Join in us in Orlando on March 31-April 2 for site tours, an exhibition hall, conference, workshops and special receptions. Register and see the agenda, speaker information, and more at www.sustpack.com. As usual, SPC members will receive their complimentary registrations and reduced-rate tickets..


Essentials of Sustainable Packaging: April 21, Oak Brook, IL

Join us April 21 in Oak Brook, IL for the SPC's highly successful training course, the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging, hosted by McDonald's. This course will give a complete overview of sustainability considerations for packaging throughout the life cycle including: material sourcing, packaging design, manufacturing, transport, and recovery/disposal.


Featured Projects

COMPASS – Comparative Packaging Assessment

COMPASS® is online design assessment software that allows packaging professionals to compare the environmental impacts of their package designs using a life cycle approach. Read More...

Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Curriculum

The curriculum covers the fundamentals of a systems approach to packaging, environmental information on packaging materials, case studies of design innovations, and much more. Customized, on-site courses are available. Read More...

How2Recycle Label

The How2Recycle Label was initiated by GreenBlue's Sustainable Packaging Coalition to harmonize communication from industry to consumers on the recyclability of a package. The How2Recycle Label has successfully completed the Soft Launch, and the Full Launch is underway. We are looking for additional participants now! Read More...