Press Release

Smithers Pira and GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition SustPack 2016 conference and exhibition to be held April 11-13

September 30, 2015

Packaging industry will gather to hear how businesses can be made more sustainable at McCormick Place in Chicago

SustPack 2016 will be held in McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois.

AKRON, Ohio- September 30, 2015 — GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and Smithers Pira, are pleased to announce the dates and location for SustPack 2016, a 3 day event offering a comprehensive look at how businesses are leading their sustainable initiatives through packaging design and sustainable materials management. SustPack 2016 will bring together close to 500 key stakeholders at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, April 11-13, 2016.

Building off of this year’s highly successful SustPack 2015 conference, the 2016 event will continue to serve the needs of the entire supply chain, from material suppliers, to converters, brand owners, and other end users. With a focus on “Business Made Sustainable”, SustPack 2016 will bring insightful presentations on how sustainability has an effect on ROI, corporate goal setting and execution, case studies of brands that lead, and cities that are paving the way for systems thinking and what’s new in traditional packaging materials.Print

This year’s event will also include dedicated SPC Industry Leadership Committee meetings; a variety of site tours: Method Soap Factory and Goose Island Brewery just to name a few; workshops on compostability and packaging design; breakout sessions; panel discussions and special evening receptions including dinner and dialogue events taking place at green restaurants throughout the city. Content selection will be guided by consulting experts including SPC and Smithers Pira representatives and industry stakeholders.

“The Sustainable Packaging Coalition looks forward to partnering with Smithers Pira for the second year to host SustPack 2016,” said Nina Goodrich, Executive Director of GreenBlue. “Hot topics for discussion include continued exploration of the interdependence of business and sustainability including emerging best practices for sustainability strategy, materiality, and goal setting. Leadership will be a key theme as it pertains to brands that lead, cities that lead, and the ROI of sustainability.”

“With over 500 key stakeholders expected to attend, discussions around sustainable materials management, new technologies and new materials in the sustainable packaging field, SustPack 2016 will continue to be the must-attend event for the sustainable packaging supply chain.” said Barbara Fowler, conference director for Smithers Pira. “With business executives, R&D leaders, Sustainability Directors and government policy makers slated to attend, SustPack 2016 will be a great opportunity to focus solely on how businesses can be more sustainable, while building strategic relationship and getting up to speed on the most current research and information affecting the industry.”

Registration for SustPack 2016 opens October 5, 2015. For more information visit

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,

About GreenBlue and the Sustainable Packaging Coalitionspc

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.

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Melissa Adams
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Smithers Pira

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