SPC Advance 2018

The Member Event

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

Sustainability Immersion

Our fall members-only event visited to Boston for the first time for a fall event on September 26-28, 2018. This two and a half day immersive event started with a wide variety of tours for our attendees to choose from such as: Converse HQ, Seaman Paper Co, Harpoon Brewery, Ginkgo Bioworks, Waste Management Billerica Materials Recovery Facility, Keurig Green Mountain, EREMA Tech Center, Boston Freedom Trail + more. 

Through workshops and masterclasses, SPC members advanced 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!


Boston Marriott Copley Place

Featured Speakers

Rebecca Zimmer

Starbucks Coffee Company

Chris Gregg

Impossible Foods

Dave Rapaport

Ben & Jerry's

Nancy Mahon

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

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What the media is saying about SPC Advance 2018:

“Last week, we headed to Boston for the members-only Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) conference, and like the fashion brand and their iconic hip-dad-jacket from the 80s, there was a lot to love.”  Read the full article

“Last week, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition held it’s annual conference in Boston and assembled one of the most robust panels on Northeast recycling in recent memory.” Read the full article

“3 models of collaboration for sustainable packaging innovation” Read the full article

Blogs from SPC Advance

Crisis and Hope: The Ocean Plastics Problem & Some Promising Solutions

At SPC Advance last week, George Leonard of the Ocean Conservancy and Romain Troublé of the Tara Expeditions Foundation painted… Read more »

Advancements in Mechanical Recycling | Unraveling Film Recovery

One of the hottest topics in recyclability right now is plastic film recovery. Popular now and poised to grow in… Read more »

“A Fix for your Daily Coffee Fix” – Panel Discussion on the Future of Single Use Coffee Cups

One highlight this year at SPC Advance was a panel discussion entitled “A Fix for Your Daily Coffee Fix,” that… Read more »

A Preview of SPC Advance 2018 Sessions:

Staying Ahead of Big Disruptive Change: How Food, Beauty and Personal Care are Evolving

Our opening keynote session speakers will share how their companies actions are shaping and responding to evolving industry trends, business strategies and consumer attitudes around evolving lifestyle trends; sustainability expectations, corporate pledges and commitments; preventing food and product waste; changing the way we source ingredients and their transparency; changing supply chains and retail environments; the ever growing role of packaging sourcing and recyclability; changing demographics and consumer experience.

All at Sea

‘All at sea’ is an extension of the 18th century phrase “at sea” meaning a ship that is in a state of confusion or disorder. As we grapple with the pervasive marine debris crisis, SPC Advance will dive into the topic 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.


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!

SPC Advance was a climate neutral event

SPC partnered with South Pole to ensure the full climate neutrality of SPC Advance. The partnership follows the recognition that there is a pressing need to reduce the carbon footprint of events caused by delegate travel as well as energy and food consumption. The climate neutrality was ensured through SPC’s investment in South Pole’s climate protection project: Kornburi Wastewater Treatment, Thailand.

At SPC Advance 2018, we offset a total of 702.87 tons of carbon dioxide! See the certificate.


Paid registrations may receive a refund minus an $150 admin fee if requested by September 10th, 2018. Tickets may be transferred to a colleague at the registrant’s company at no cost. For questions about cancellations and refunds, please email spcinfo@greenblue.org.

SPC Advance 2018 App

Download the SPC Advance App, Whova, then search for “SPC Advance 2018”

With Whova you can:

  • Create a custom agenda for SPC Advance
  • Direct message all attendees
  • Scan and share business cards
  • See profiles on all attendees
  • and more!

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Press attending SPC Advance 2018:

To inquire about media/press passes to SPC Advance, contact Anne Elsea at anne.elsea@greenblue.org.