Building the Path
Exploring the Value Chain of Food | Beverage Packaging
December 14 was an important day in the sustainable food service packaging industry: different environmentally-minded packaging and composting organizations orchestrated a collaborative day together to improve the sustainability of foodservice packaging. Hosted by the National Restaurant Association in their Washington, DC offices, the successful meeting mapped out different synergies, challenges, and points for collaborative action to take in the near future.
The following nine organizations actively participated in this meeting:
- Elemental Impact | Sustainable Food Court Initiative
- Foodservice Packaging Institute | Paper Recovery Alliance
- Global Green | Coalition for Resource Recovery
- Green Blue | Sustainable Packaging Coalition
- Grocers Manufacturers
Association | Joint GMA|FMI Sustainability Project: Food Waste
- Institute for Local Self-Reliance | Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative
- National Restaurant Association | ConServe | Zero Waste Zone
- U.S.Composting Council
During the morning session each organization outlined their current and planned project status, discussing any industry concerns or points of focus. In the afternoon, the group strategized ways to efficiently collaborate to overcome market barriers, improve the purity of the different foodservice waste streams and roll out of pilot programs.
Chris Moyer, NRA, speaking
One of the themes emerging from the lively discussions during the afternoon strategy session was the importance of consistency and a common voice from the sustainable packaging industry. Consumers, both Corporate and individual, are often confused by conflicting messages, local terminology, recycling bins, product labeling, certifications to name a few topics. It would also be helpful to map the inventory of the various types of resources and services available.
Scott Seydel, Ei Chair; Global Green Chair, videotaped the entire meeting and a future blog post will announce when and where the videos are uploaded. The Ei FB album, 12-13-11 Sustainable Pkging Mtg @ NRA Offices, gives a pictorial recap of the day.
The nine organizations listed above will continue a dialogue via scheduled calls and in-person meetings. In addition, a number of individuals participate in the SFCI Pilot Sustainable Packaging Committee conference calls, and the end of each committee call will include allocated time for any updates and related information to share with the group.
Stay tuned for future blog posts documenting the action items launched at the monumental meeting.