Packaging Sustainability Summit – Reigniting the Passion Around Packaging at Walmart

Walmart hosted a Packaging Sustainability Summit, and unveiled a Sustainable Packaging Playbook.
The playbook presents clear guidelines that affect packaging, and provides resources that packaging suppliers can reference. New materials — such as bio-based plastics — are encouraged when there is an end market for the material. If the packaging material does not have an end market, then suppliers are encouraged to work to establish an end market or to change the package for one that does.

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Addressing food and packaging waste

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC): “We believe that composting packaging and food together will allow more effective collection of waste in food service situations and provide a next life option for products like single serve coffee pods. We believe that SPC’s role is to ensure that as we develop organic infrastructure to capture food waste, we must insure that packaging is included.”

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Crooked Row Farm Paradise

Robert Eversole, the owner of Crooked Farm “The giant Pacific Ocean garbage patch continues to grow, ecosystems and animal species are destroyed, and natural resources are wasted all so that we can temporarily store an item. Most recycling facilities no longer accept plastic bags of any sort, which further compounds the problem. The FDA doesn’t want to address the issue, because their guidance favors food packaging to be manufactured of virgin materials, and burdens those that wish to use recycled products.”
“It seemed so backwards to be doing so much to improve the quality of the land on our farm, just to send our products out, wrapped in a piece of trash to pollute land somewhere else”

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Planet Textiles Take-Out

The Sustainable Textile Summit was held on 11 May in Copenhagen. Key politicians and industry leaders from across the world participated including TIPA, represented by VP Sales, Elz Hotam, speaking on the topic of “Closing the Loop Today- Compostable Packaging”

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