SPC Advance 2018

Our annual members-only conference focused on advancing packaging sustainability

Sep 26, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018 Boston, MA

Sustainability Immersion

Our fall members-only event will head to Boston for the first time for a fall event this September 26-28. This two and a half day immersive event will start with a wide variety of tours for our attendees to choose from such as: Ocean Spray Cranberries, Seaman Paper Co, Harpoon Brewery, Ginkgo Bioworks, Waste Management Billerica Materials Recovery Facility, Keurig Green Mountain, EREMA Tech Center, Boston Freedom Trail + more to be announced. 

Through workshops and masterclasses, SPC members will advance their knowledge on:

  • Effective and impactful sustainable packaging goal setting
  • Responsible fiber sourcing
  • Championing sustainability in challenging times
  • Packaging Policy for e-commerce
  • And more!

Registration opens on April 26, 2018

A Preview of SPC Advance 2018 Sessions:

The Evolution of Big Food Companies and Casual Service Restaurants

Hear from top-level executives on their companies’ actions to shape and respond to consumer attitudes towards:

  • Evolving lifestyle trends
  • Expectations for sustainability
  • Preventing food waste
  • Supply chain and ingredient transparency
  • Packaging sourcing and recyclability
  • The changing demographics
  • Legislation
  • Consumer experience


All at Sea

Dive into the topic of ocean plastic pollution through the perspectives of NGOs and industry players that are actively working to understand and address this problem that has gained worldwide attention.

Boosting Recycling through Messaging and Legislation: A Northeast Perspective

The need for harmonization in recovery policies and initiatives and the challenges around contamination and the ever-evolving legislation in New England will be covered in this multi-part session.

Building End Markets for Recycled Materials

The role of resin manufacturers and examples from abroad on high percentage usage of recycled content in retail packaging will be some of the topics we will touch upon around this very important subject.

Compostability Testing: the Devil is in the Detail

Become fully versed in the processes and technical requirements of compostability testing. In this session you will learn about testing standards and procedures for plastic film and coated papers, and discover the types of substrates that are subject to testing.

A Fix for Your Daily Coffee Fix

Brands, their supply chain partners and downstream recyclers present domestic and international perspectives on performance and fiber recovery of single use coffee cups in the absence of significant uptake of reusable options.


New this year! Ignite Talks from SPC Member Brands and Retailers

Do you have some exciting news to share?

Do you have an ongoing project that would benefit from the involvement of other SPC member companies?

Are you looking for new solutions, to learn about shared challenges or simply want to outline your needs?

These new Ignite Talks are for you! They will be 5 minutes presentations exclusively given by brands and retailers.

Please submit your proposal to Barbara Fowler at barbara.fowler@greenblue.org by May 18th, 2018. Proposals must be given by current SPC members. 


Boston Marriott Copley Place

Set in the heart of downtown, Boston Marriott Copley Place offers hotel guests an exceptional experience. Our prime location is within walking distance of the chic boutiques and restaurants of Newbury Street and the Prudential Center. We’re also near attractions like Fenway Park, Copley Square and Boston Common.

Rooms will go quickly! So guarantee a room at the best rate by booking today. Rooms are $279+ a night plus tax.

Who Attends

These are just a few of the companies who have attended SPC Advance in the past. Expand your network this September at SPC Advance 2018!