SPC Advance 2020

The Member Event

Sep 29, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020 Virtual Event


Virtual SPC Advance was Centered Around

Sustainable Resilience in a Time of Change

Through insightful presentations, panels, virtual tours, lunch and learns, workshops, and more, over 1300 attendees joined in the first completely virtual SPC fall members event this past September 29-30 to be inspired, learn and come together to address the bold changes needed in sustainable packaging in its role within climate change and how the current crisis has made these issues more urgent.

Registered Attendees of Virtual SPC Advance could access the recordings of the sessions for replay directly on the virtual event platform until November 30th, 2020.

Session Spotlight

In this section we will feature a video from a session from Virtual SPC Advance, that will be rotated every 2 weeks! 

Panel: Fighting Grocery Food Waste with Best Practices and Innovation
Grocery retailers contribute to 40% of food waste coming from consumer-facing businesses in the US, an estimated 18.2 billion dollar opportunity. As grocery stores expand their selection of prepared and hot foods, more customers dining on-premise also means more post-consumer food scraps, a new and rapidly expanding waste stream for many retailers. We’ll discuss best practices for reducing both pre-consumer and post-consumer food waste in the grocery retail environment, and for diverting food waste from landfills with the help of composting programs. Innovations in packaging that prevent spoilage, standardized date labeling, and discounted imperfect produce can drive down costs and engage consumers in food waste prevention. We’ll also look at how compostable packaging can be used to capture more food scraps from customers dining in-store. This session will arm you with the tools to successfully manage one of our most important wasted resources.

Brent Kawamura, PCC Community Markets
Wayne Koeckertiz, Eco-Products
Jessica Vieira, Apeel Sciences
Savannah Miller, Better Earth
Olga Kachook, SPC

Featured Speakers

Andrew Winston

Winston Eco-Strategies

Suzanne Shelton

Shelton Group

Julie Kae


Dr. Magdi Azer

REMADE Institute

Scott N. Miller

Dragon Innovation

Noah Deich


Blair Michal


See All Event Speakers

Anchor Sponsors

SPC Innovator Awards

The SPC Innovator Awards celebrate and showcase the outstanding people and organizations behind extraordinary advancements in packaging sustainability. SPC member submissions for the 2020 SPC Innovator awards are now open through August 14! Awards will be presented at Virtual SPC Advance 2020. This year’s awards are sponsored by Trayak.

Finalists Showcase of the 2020 Protective Packaging Design Challenge

Organized by SPC and Ubuntoo with support from Dow and Sealed Air as sponsors and Closed Loop Partners and the Retail Innovation Center at RILA as supporting partners, the Protective Packaging Packaging Design Challenge set out to find innovations in protective packaging materials and systems. The 5 Finalists will showcase their innovations as part of the Virtual SPC Advance program.