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Packaging

While packaging only accounts for 20% of the environmental impact of a product, it represents one of the biggest opportunities to engage customers and consumers about environmental impact. There is no silver bullet packaging solution that ensures a strong shelf life, low environmental impact, competitive pricing, and 100% recyclability, reusability or compostability. However, there are many ways companies can engage in sustainable packaging solutions.

Sustainable Packaging Tools

2024 Packaging Legislative Tracker

Cut through the complexity of navigating packaging regulations with our Legislation Tool! This tool is an accessible, responsive overview of the latest in packaging requirements and gives you the information you need to know about each regulation, how it may affect your operations, and where to find additional insights.

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Sustainable Packaging Supplier Directory

Are you ready to revolutionize your approach to sustainable packaging? Our Members-Only Directory serves as a bridge between those looking for sustainable packaging solutions like you, and suppliers who specialize in recyclable, refillable, and compostable packaging. By facilitating these connections, we aim to streamline your sourcing process, making it easier, faster, and more cost-effective.

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Atlantic Packaging’s

Business Case for Sustainable Packaging

Why Join the Packaging Pledge? See what Atlantic Packaging thinks

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Sustainable Packaging Supplier Checklist

When considering new packaging solutions, it is important to consider the sustainability offerings of different packaging suppliers. PSC members can use this checklist as a quick way to compare sustainable options offered by different suppliers, as well as to begin to understand the operations of those suppliers. This tool was donated by PSC Member Earth Animal.

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Examination of Multilaminate Pouches Report

The enclosed “Examination of Multilaminate Pouches” report was developed on behalf of Only Natural Pet by Eco-Cycle, one of the country’s oldest and largest non-profit recycling organizations. Only Natural Pet in-turn gifted the results of this study to the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC), a pet industry nonprofit that advances business through environmental and social impact.

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Eco-Impact Packaging Life Cycle Assessment

Through a partnership with Trayak – a software solutions company, PSC members can evaluate different packaging systems to understand their comparitive environmental impacts using a streamlined lifecycle assessment.

COMPASS analysis can show a company their hotspots for packaging and where to focus efforts to have the greatest impact when attempting to reduce their environmental impact. It can also be a way to see where improvement has been made, internally report these results, and track progress toward sustainability goals.

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Life Cycle Assessment Earth Animal Packaging

See how a life-cycle assessment reveals the comparative impacts of three different packaging options for pet food company Earth Animal.

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Sustainable Packaging Resources

Bio-based, Biodegradable, Compostable Packaging…

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Zuke’s & Excel Case Study

Learn how Zuke’s and their packaing provider Excel Packaging collaborated to use the COMPASS tool to drive sustainable packaging solutions.

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Sustainable Packaging Design Guidelines

While there is substantial guidance around design for the environment in general, the Coalition identified a need to consolidate the thinking, the information and the best practices for packaging. We hope this guidance may provide a basis for education on sustainability considerations as they relate to packaging and to help bring them into the mainstream of packaging development.

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Additional Resources

Check out the additional sustainable packaging resources on the right.

Additionally we have created and compiled a database resources for your use on a variety of sustainability issues. Feel free to explore our these articles, PDFs, slideshows, videos, etc.

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