Events Details

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.


SustPack 2016

Join over 500 key industry stakeholders in Chicago, April 11-13, for a comprehensive look at how businesses are leading their sustainable initiatives through packaging design and sustainable materials management at​ SustPack 2016! With a focus on “Business Made Sustainable”, SustPack 2016 will bring insightful presentations and discussions on:

·        How sustainability has an effect on ROI

·        Corporate goal setting and execution

·        Case studies of brands that lead and cities that are paving the way for systems thinking

·        What’s new in traditional packaging materials

·        And many more industry hot topics!


SustPack 2016 will provide 450+ delegates with over 50 presentations tackling issues including compostable packaging, packaging design, ROI on sustainability, how to solve the marine debris problem, cities that lead and what it takes to lead, among many others. See the full agenda

From South Chicago to the rooftop garden of McCormick Place, explore the area hotspots of sustainability. See our SustPack 2016 tour offerings. Space is limited, so register today. 


We have brought together over 60 of the leading names in the industry to present at SustPack 2016!  Read more about who you'll be hearing from and meeting April 11-13 in Chicago. 


Additional fee required for non-members

Essentials of  Sustainable Packaging by SPC

Anne Bedarf, Senior Manager - Sustainable Packaging Coalition

The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging offers a comprehensive introduction to sustainability considerations that apply to the entire packaging life cycle: material sourcing, packaging design, manufacturing, transport, and final disposal. Through this half-day seminar, packaging professionals and corporate sustainability decision-makers will learn about the essential sustainability considerations for packaging and the strategies needed to create packaging that is beneficial for people and the planet. Using real world examples and interactive discussions, attendees will learn how a holistic view of sustainability applies to each facet of their operations.

Building Your Brand’s Sustainable Promise and Strengthening Brand Trust with your Consumers

  • Bryan Shova - Industrial Design Director, Kaleidoscope
  • Alex Weber – Sr. Creative Director, Kaleidoscope
  • Jacquie Denham – Director of Strategy, Kaleidoscope

Leading edge sustainable materials are often cost prohibitive or not the right fit for your brand’s equity. Your hands can also be tied by existing manufacturing infrastructure and capabilities. Until premium sustainable materials are more affordable and readily available, you may have limited options.

At the same time, everyone has become environmentally conscious and is looking to make the right choices in term of the brands they select and the products they consume. Identifying the key brand elements and behaviors that contribute to a more unique experience and a stronger emotional connection with consumers can make a real difference while you embark on your journey towards sustainability.

In this interactive workshop we will teach you the important principles of:

  • Defining your brand’s equity, target needs and relationship dynamics
  • Being authentic in developing a sustainable brand promise.
  • The costs and implications of being a truly sustainable brand.
  • What to do if you can’t deliver an authentic sustainability promise.
  • The importance of lifecycle analysis in proving ROI for sustainable design.

Disruptive design method for sustainable innovation and social change 

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, Sustainability Provocateur, Designer, Sociologist and Founder - Un-School of Disruptive Design

Designer, sociologist, TED Speaker and sustainability provocateur, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, will provide a workshop into the foundations of developing a disruptive design approach to innovation and sustainable systems for positive social change. The workshop will demonstrate a set of practical toolsets for enacting change based interventions by design. Exploring how systems thinking and sustainable design methodologies can be used as a foundation for developing projects for circular and sustainable solutions. 

Nominations for the 2nd Annual Trashies Awards close February 26, 2016. Read more about the Trashies.