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The Sky’s the Limit: Disrupting Packaging Culture Through Collective Action

Wednesday, March 6 from 1:30-3:30 PM
Marriott Hotel Orange County Ballrooms 3 & 4, at Expo West, Anaheim, CA

This session is for the leaders who would embrace transformation of the conventional packaging ecosystem through the power of collective action. The Sky’s the Limit seeks to harness the power of the entire natural products industry to identify the most critical blockages, potential fixes, and resulting collective action that would help reverse unintended impacts (i.e., marine pollution, toxic residues, climate emissions) of our packaging system. Stakeholders from myriad sectors will attend, including packaging manufacturers, end-of-life handlers, retailers, food manufacturers, and consumer insights.

Envisioned by PCC Community Markets, organized by SFTA, and facilitated by Conscious Brands, this interactive two-hour session will utilize a diverse expert roundtable and extensive small group discussions to dissect the interplay of consumer purchasing paradigms, available packaging technology, product quality needs, and end-of-life infrastructure in our packaging ecosystem. Discussion questions will include topics related to the role of single-use plastics, an industry definition of “sustainable packaging,” and how policy could be leveraged to influence change. But that won’t be all.

If you’re interested in alchemy, and hold a desire to support radical goals that create far-reaching sustainable change, we hope to see you there. The Sky’s the Limit.

Space is limited. Please pre-register here for this free* event.
*Please note that the event is free to Expo West badge-holders

SFTA Sustainability Workshops 

SFTA’s “Going Sustainable” sustainability workshops are designed to deliver skills and information for sustainability practioners in the organic food trade. The core of our work is rooted in the Natural Step Framework and then each workshop delivers fun, interactive learning opportunities to help attendees further their sustainability programs.

SFTA offers these workshops for both individual companies and for any interested parties in a particular region.  Please contact us at if you would like to request a workshop at your office or location.


Sustainability 101

Workshop overview: Building the capacity for sustainability within the organic food trade through understanding, implementation, and reporting.

Who should attend: This hands-on workshop is designed for professionals who are newly developing a formal sustainability program as well as those who want deepen their skills in sustainability and report writing.

What attendees will come away with: This workshop is aimed at providing attendees the ability to apply The Natural Step Framework, presenting the business case for sustainability, sustainability report writing skills as well as the opportunity to network with peers in the industry focused on sustainability and reporting.

Sustainability 201

Creative Leadership, Collaboration and Co-creation for Sustainability: For many sustainability practitioners your job requires skills beyond scientific knowledge, analysis, data management and reporting.  In fact, what most practitioners face is a need to manage people, tell a story, cast a vision and drive change within their organization.

In this workshop we will address the following questions: How do we transfer ideas, co-create expectations, spread vision, and inspire action, effectively and exponentially?  How do we get other people to do what we want or need them to do?  We don’t and we can’t.  However, we can help people do what they want to do, and invite them to share, participate, and contribute in the sustainability work of your organization.

The soft skills workshop is a blend of key offerings from change management and creative leadership, which is an important framework for understanding your role as a sustainability practitioner and how to inspire and excite those you work with to share in the work around sustainability.

Hard Skills – There is a lot of technical expertise required for understanding and managing sustainability. This workshop brings together experts in various fields to share some practical advice and a sharpening of skills we need daily. Be it excel for managing data, carbon and energy calculations, waste management, and even public speaking or presentation skills.

If you are interested in receiving information about our workshops and other training please feel free to email us at


For more educational programs, please visit the Sustainable Food Trade Association Webinar Series.