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The Essentials of Material Health

A new course developed by The Sustainable Packaging Coalition®

Part of the full Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Training Program

The Essentials of Material Health is an overview of how the materials used in packaging can affect human health and the environment, with an emphasis on how companies can take action to choose safer materials. The course highlights public perceptions of material health in packaging and examines how some companies are making changes in response to consumer awareness. Key terms are explained before discussing select regulations and legislation related to chemicals in packaging. Giving context to compliance, the course then delves into why a more proactive approach in selecting safer packaging materials may be beneficial to companies. The course also reviews examples and strategies for designing packaging with considerations for material health that support a circular economy. Finally, the Essentials of Material Health looks at tools companies can use to manage chemicals in their supply chains and select safer alternatives to hazardous materials.

What the course will cover: 

  • How trends in public perception may affect a company’s decisions about chemicals in packaging
  • Ways to assess both the impact and limitations of regulatory requirements on a company’s packaging
  • Regulatory and non-regulatory considerations for chemicals in packaging
  • Material health in the context of the circular economy
  • How to distinguish between chemical hazards, risks, and exposure
  • Tools to select safer alternatives and manage chemicals in the supply chain
  • Strategies for proactive management of chemicals, including assessment of alternatives

From the course: 

Course length: 1 hour and 25 minutes

The Essentials of Material Health 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
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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 Compostable Packaging
Project 4 of 5

Essentials of Compostable Packaging

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Essentials of Ocean Plastic Pollution
Project 5 of 5

Essentials of Ocean Plastic Pollution

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