Press Release

IKEA, SC Johnson, Target, Dell, Keurig Green Mountain and More to Headline SustPack 2016

March 17, 2016

Attendees will gather April 11-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago for the premier sustainable packaging event for the industry.

 SP2016_400X400AKRON, Ohio — GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and Smithers Pira, are proud to announce the agenda for SustPack 2016: Business Made Sustainable, taking place April 11-13 at McCormick Place Chicago. Bringing together brand owners, retailers, packaging manufacturers, material suppliers and sustainability experts – this year’s agenda includes some of today’s top sustainability experts from Target, Dell, The City of Chicago, Nestle USA, the US EPA and Wegmans.

SustPack 2016 will kick off with workshops, sustainability tours, and The Trashies, the packaging industry’s hottest awards honoring the people, process or public service behind the sustainable accomplishments in our industry. In addition to those listed above, more than 50 organizations will be presenting over the three day event, including American Chemistry Council, Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), Dow, Novelis, RePack, Seventh Generation, SoapBox Soaps, Sonoco, WestRock and many others. To view the complete SustPack 2016 agenda, click here.

“SustPack 2016 will cover a wide range of topics, giving the industry the most comprehensive look at how businesses are leading their sustainable initiatives through packaging design and collaborative innovation. The 450+ sustainable packaging key players who will be in the room will also hear the latest insights on how the industry is tackling issues around compostable packaging, packaging design, ROI on sustainability, solving the marine debris problem, cities that are paving the way for systems thinking and what’s new in traditional packaging,” said Barbara Fowler, conference director for Smithers Pira.

“This will be a truly stand-out event for packaging and sustainability professionals to come together.”Nina Goodrich, GreenBlue Executive Director and SPC Director said, “The program at SustPack 2016 is designed to help attendees return home with actionable sustainability knowledge, whether they work at companies just beginning their sustainability journey or are sustainability veterans fine-tuning their operations. Attendees will learn about trends in sustainability and packaging including the circular economy and how it may apply to packaging. Conversations throughout the meeting actively shape the future of sustainable packaging.”

About Smithers Pira

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, the company provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance. For more information, visit

SPC_logo copyAbout GreenBlue and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition

GreenBlue® is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in industry. The organization brings together key stakeholders to advance material innovation, education, and research that support continuous adoption of sustainable materials management practices in business.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition®, a project of GreenBlue, is a membership group that brings together business, educational institutions, and government agencies to collectively broaden the understanding of packaging sustainability and develop meaningful improvements for packaging systems. Through strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, the SPC endeavors to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials. For more information, visit or follow The SPC on Twitter @SPCspotlight.

Anne Elsea