Retailers and brand owners are increasingly interested in optimizing the use of
recycled content in packaging, since this environmental strategy is well understood by consumers.
In response, the SPC launched this project to develop two reports - one for plastics and one for
fiber - with the goal of helping converters better communicate to retail buyers what the opportunities
and challenges are for using recycled content in specific high-volume product category packaging
Guidelines for Recycled Content in Paper and Paperboard Packaging
In March 2012, the SPC released Guidelines for Recycled Content in Paper and Paperboard Packaging
Guidelines for Recycled Content in Paper and Paperboard Packaging highlights the opportunities and challenges for using recycled fiber in packaging. The 31-page report outlines opportunities to use recycled content in 20 common retail packaging applications, including shopping and take-out bags, cereal boxes, toothbrush blister packs, software boxes, and coffee canisters.
The report was completed in collaboration with packaging designers and engineers, as well as pulp and paper mill operations, and it is a companion to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s 2010 report, Guidelines for Increasing Post Consumer Recycled Content in Plastic Packaging.It provides reference charts that offer a snapshot of the performance, regulatory, technical, aesthetic considerations, market availability, and cost considerations in using recycled content.
The report is free to SPC members and available to non-SPC members for $125.00.
Guidelines for Post Consumer Recycled Content in Plastic Packaging
In September 2010, the SPC released Guidelines for Post Consumer Recycled Content in Plastic Packaging: Download. This document is free to members of the SPC and available to non-members for a fee of $75.00. The Guidelines were developed with two primary audiences in mind - retailer buyers and converters. It is intended to facilitate better communications between the two regarding aggressive, yet realistic expectations for the use of post consumer recycled content in various plastic packaging formats used for specific high sales volume product in the retail categories of beverages, dairy, electronics, household care and laundry, over the counter pharmaceuticals, personal care products and snacks. Quick reference charts provide a snapshot of the performance requirements, regulatory, technical and aesthetic considerations and market availability challenges associated with the use of recycled content. More technical information including solutions for overcoming many of the challenges is detailed in the document.