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FlexPack Recovery Challenge

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Closed Loop Partners have teamed up to challenge the best and brightest entrepreneurs to uncover solutions to one of the most important challenges in sustainable packaging through our joint FlexPack Recovery Challenge.  

The production of multi-material flexible packaging is growing exponentially, but there are a lack of recycling and recovery options.

We are looking for new innovations that will allow flexible packaging comprised of several materials to be recovered and re-used or reprocessed for use in making new packaging or other products.  

Examples of what we are looking for:

  • Technology that can separate the layers of different materials in waste multi-material flexible packaging
  • Chemical or mechanical recycling technologies that create new materials from waste multi-material flexible packaging
  • New alternative recovery technologies that create industrial chemicals from waste multi-material flexible packaging

We encourage you to apply early in case we need to follow up about further information.

Finalists will be selected to attend SPC Impact in Seattle, WA on April 1-4 2019 and present their work during a dedicated FlexPack Recovery Challenge Showcase to an audience of brands, retailers, suppliers, and impact investors. 


All finalists will receive:

  • PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Your innovation featured at SPC Impact in Seattle, WA on April 1-4 2019, including a special exhibit hall and a dedicated Showcase where you present to an audience of brands, retailers, suppliers, and impact investors interested in supporting your innovation.


  • NETWORKING: You’ll get complimentary attendance to the rest of SPC Impact, a $1,400 per ticket value, as well as airfare of up to $500 per person and hotel accommodation for two nights.
  • EXPERT ADVICE: You’ll get feedback from brands and experts at the SPC and CLP on the sustainability and market development considerations for your innovation
  • VISIBILITY: You’ll get featured communications on the Center for the Circular Economy website under its Packaging vertical with significant investor reach as well as featured communications on the SPC’s website with significant packaging industry reach.

One winner will receive:

  • AWARD:  You will be presented with a trophy on stage at SPC Impact as part of the Event Showcase,  where you will receive special press attention.
  • DEDICATED COMMUNICATIONS:  You will receive a special feature in the SPC and CLP newsletters, sent to over 1,000+ professionals and also featured on these organizations’ websites.
  • MENTORSHIP: You will be placed in a mentorship program jointly administered by the Center for the Circular Economy and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, including dedicated time with staff in both organizations to develop sustainability and economic considerations for their innovations and the possibility to explore further opportunities for investment and pilot projects
  • ONE YEAR OF SPC MEMBERSHIP, a $2,750+ value including free access to SPC conferences, educational resources, an extensive network of 250+ leading companies with commitments to sustainable packaging, and a special opportunity to engage with the SPC’s Industry Leadership Committee on Multi-Material Flexible Recovery.


Any start-up, university, or individual may submit a nomination. We will only consider applicants with a prototype process with some testing completed and in pilot-ready or near-pilot-ready stage.

Applicants must agree to be available to attend SPC Impact in Seattle, WA on April 2-4, 2019.

Selection Criteria

Innovations will be assessed against multiple categories, including the ability to process commingled multi-material flexible packaging with variable composition, market scalability and economic viability, and overall sustainability, and alignment with circular economy and sustainable materials management principles. See more specific scoring criteria below



Finalists will be assessed by Challenge Judges, with input from Challenge Advisors, and Innovation Parters.


  • Adam Gendell, Associate Director, SPC
  • Tristanne Davis, Project Manager, SPC
  • Ellen Martin, VP Impact and Strategic Initiatives, Closed Loop Partners
  • Kate Daly, Executive Director, Center for Circular Economy, Closed Loop Partners


  • Brad Rodgers, R&D Director – Discovery, PepsiCo Food Packaging
  • Rachel Goldstein, Global Sustainability Reporting Senior Manager, Mars, Incorporated
  • Ed Kosior, Honorary Professor at Brunel University London, at the Wolfson Materials Processing Centre. Fellow at The Society of Plastics Engineers
  • Tim Goven, Recycling Commercial Director, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Jennifer Ronk, NA Sustainability and Advocacy Manager, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Charles David Mathieu-Polin, Corporate Advisor – Environment and Sustainability, TC Transcontinental
  • Additional Closed Loop Partners and Sustainable Packaging Coalition staff

Innovation Partners:

Members of the SPC’s Multi-Material Flexible Recovery Industry Leadership Committee  including:




Promotional Partner:


Submissions must be entered through the form below. No other forms of submissions will be considered. Submissions entered after the closing date will not be considered.

For more information, please read the FAQ and see the Challenge Terms & Conditions. Contact spcinfo@greenblue.org for any additional questions.


FlexPack Recovery Challenge 2019

  • Note: the SPC may adjust the submission title for brevity, clarity, and/or consistency among submissions.
  • Please provide a summary and overview of your solution, including concept, technical overview, and impact metrics
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    Please provide any supporting information on your innovation, such as: prototype sketches, testing results, pilot project information, and other research and materials
  • Drop files here or
    Please provide at least one high resolution picture or graphic that depicts your submission

Questions? Check out the Challenge FAQ
Additional questions can be emailed to: spcinfo@greenblue.org.


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