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: 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 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!

Featured Speakers

Rob Kaplan

Closed Loop Partners

Rebecca Zimmer

Starbucks Coffee Company

Chris Gregg

Impossible Foods

Dave Rapaport

Ben & Jerry's

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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.



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 $299+ a night plus tax.

Red Sox – Orioles Game

We are offering 35 tickets to the Boston Red Sox – Orioles game at 7:10 pm on Wednesday, September 26th! Tickets are $35 and non-refundable.

Transportation is not included in the ticket price. Game attendees should meet in the hotel lobby at 6pm to taxi over to Fenway Park (we suggest attendees order Uber or Lyfts). Fenway Park is approximately 10 minutes from the hotel. Please note that traffic may be heavier than usual with the game and rush hour traffic.

Purchased tickets will be available for pickup at the SPC Advance registration & check in desk.

Tickets can be added to your cart after registration, on the Tours & More page.


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 will be a green event

We are  incredibly passionate about sustainability, and we put careful thought into the sustainability of our events. We will be recycling on site at the hotel and our main reception will also compost leftover food scraps. We will also be walking to many off-site events to mitigate our impact on the environment.

Cancellations & Late Fee

The last day for a full refund is 10 business days before the conference. For questions about cancellations and refunds, please email spcinfo@greenblue.org. A late fee of $160 will be applied to all tickets starting on September 5th, 2018.