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Education and Outreach

As part of the SPC's education and outreach, it holds several in-person and online meetings and educational events a year. The SPC believes it will require collaboration throughout the supply chain to affect the change needed to realize sustainable packaging. As a result, the SPC continually looks for opportunities to advance its mission through participation in and hosting of conferences and meetings.


SPC Open Forum - 5 Gyres Fight Against Marine Plastic Pollution - July 2015


Tuesday, July 14, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Learn about 5 Gyres' initiative against plastic microbeads and marine plastic pollution from 5 Gyres Executive Director and Co-founder Anna Cummins. Anna's presentation will touch on the marine degradability of plastics and bioplastics, the unintended consequences of novel materials, 5 Gyres' work to gain corporate commitments to use alternative materials, and their push for a national microbeads ban. Attendees will learn how a leading NGO has pushed for change and found success.

Anna Cummins, Executive Director
Anna has over 15 years of experience in environmental non-profit work, education, writing, and campaign development. She has worked in marine conservation, coastal watershed management, sustainability education, and high school ecology instruction. Anna received her undergraduate in History from Stanford University, and her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute for International Studies.
In 2008, Anna completed a month long, 4,000-mile research expedition studying plastic debris in the North Pacific Gyre. The journey inspired the launch of 5 Gyres. Anna was elected a fellow of the Wings World Quest in 2011, and received a Golden Goody Award in 2013.

To Attend
All contacts from SPC member companies are invited to attend Open Forums. Register online here. If you're not a member of the SPC, please contact us to learn more about membership.