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Save the date for SPC Advance 2017

  SPC Advance will be heading to Pittsburgh, PA on October 17-18, 2017. This year’s conference will be co-located with the American Plastic Recycler’s Fall Meeting. Stay tuned for more information about speakers and the conference agenda.

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Extended Producer Coming to California? Maybe, says CalRecycle’s Jim Hill

By Adam Gendell, Associate Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition On September 20th, California’s state agency CalRecycle approved a formal recommendation to pursue a new course of action towards its aggressive target of 50% packaging waste diversion by 2020, and extended producer responsibility (EPR) is officially on the docket as a potential next step for […]

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West Linn Paper Mill Tour

By Evan Bruner, Project Associate, Sustainable Packaging Coalition The first day of SPC Advance was wrapped up with four tours, of which I had the pleasure of joining the tour of the West Linn Paper Mill. A beautiful location, the mill rests on an island on the Willamette River and shares it’s home with the […]

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David Allaway of Oregon DEQ speaks at SPC Advance 2016

Sustainable Materials Management – A perspective from Oregon’s DEQ

By James Ewell, GreenBlue Senior Director of Sustainable Materials David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, was the opening keynote speaker on the first day of the SPC Advance 2016 conference. He set the stage for the conference by reminding SPC audience members that sustainable packaging encompasses much more than what […]

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Record Attendance at SPC Advance 2016 Conference

Over 250 Attendees Gathered in Portland, Oregon To Learn How To Advance Sustainable Packaging in Their Organization Capping off a very successful year for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition was the 2016 SPC Advance conference. Held in downtown Portland, Oregon, this year’s conference saw the largest fall conference ever in SPC history. It was also the […]

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SPC Advance 2016 Composting Tour

By Anne Bedarf, Senior Manager, GreenBlue Run by Recology, the Nature’s Needs compost facility in North Plains, Oregon provided an informative look into composting operations in the Portland area. The site currently processes approximately 50,000 tons of yard trimmings, municipal organics, and land clearing materials each year. The facility historically used wind rows, and recently […]

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Evolution of the Nike Shoebox

By Tom Pollock, Senior Manager, GreenBlue Who knew all that goes into a shoebox? At SPC Advance 2016, Elizabeth Blackwell (Nike) and Demaree Raveaux, (OIA Global,) explored the meaning and expectations a shoebox has for customers and how Nike has balanced these expectations with sustainable packaging goals. Nike’s approach to cutting-edge design, industry leadership, and […]

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Explore Sustainability Hotspots of Portland, Oregon at SPC Advance

Nike Corporate Campus, Beaverton, OR Nike’s world headquarters is situated 20 minutes outside of downtown Portland in bucolic Beaverton. SPC Advance attendees will get the unique opportunity to tour the Nike campus and to learn about the sustainability advances that the company has made. Expect to see a lot of sports fields, shrines to professional […]

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SPC Advance 2016

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition invites you to join our exclusive, members-only meeting on September 19-20th in downtown Portland, Oregon. The annual meeting will bring together the leaders of sustainable packaging for: Interactive workshops Facilitated working sessions and discussions Thought-provoking presentations Boots-on-the-ground tours of local facilities Networking activities with speakers and SPC members Opportunities to take […]

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Circular Economy Technology and Innovation at SPC Advance

By Shea Zwerver Representatives from Kimberly-Clark, MHG, Recycling Partnership, Braskem, and Printpack gathered on stage the last day of SPC Advance to discuss advancement of the circular economy through technologies and innovations. Braskem presented in conjunction with Printpack about their collaborations on bioplastic. Mikel Knight and Joe Jankowski presented the environmental benefits of bioplastics, including […]

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Pharmaceutical and Biopolymers ILCs Launch at SPC Advance

By Tom Pollock As one of the first working sessions to kick-off SPC Advance, the combined pharmaceutical and biopolymers brainstorming sessions generated a number of innovative ideas and set-up the process for members to engage in the two projects moving forward. There was interesting overlap in these two initiatives as both the pharmaceutical and biopolymer […]

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