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The Essentials of Compostable Packaging

Developed by The Sustainable Packaging Coalition®

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The Essentials of Compostable Packaging is an immersive foundational course that explores the basics of composting, the current state of composting infrastructure, residential and commercial access, as well as best practices for compostable packaging design, labeling, testing, and certification. Important concepts like the difference between biodegradability and compostability are discussed in depth, in addition to nuanced analysis of compost manufacturers views on compostable packaging. With numerous benefits and challenges that compostable packaging can bring to a composting facility, it’s critical to understand the perspectives of compost manufacturers and how to best utilize lab testing, field testing, and certification programs to ensure that compostable products break down as intended.

Course curriculum: 

  • Considerations for compostable plastic and fiber packaging
  • Understanding residential and commercial composting access
  • Compostable packaging as a vehicle for food waste diversion
  • Fundamentals of compostable packaging testing and certification

The Essentials of Compostable Packaging is included in the online subscription to The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging.

 

Courses in The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging:

Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Core Content
Project 1 of 5

Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Core Content

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Essentials of Bioplastics
Project 2 of 5

Essentials of Bioplastics

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Essentials of Sourcing Fiber
Project 3 of 5

Essentials of Sourcing Fiber

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Essentials of Ocean Plastic Pollution
Project 4 of 5

Essentials of Ocean Plastic Pollution

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Essentials of Material Health
Project 5 of 5

Essentials of Material Health

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