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Sustainable Food Trade Association Webinar Series

Unpacking the Compostable Packaging Market

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET
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Compostable packaging is a great sustainable packaging option. It reduces plastic contamination and many types can be developed with generally “renewable” paper or fiber materials. As a food company, how can you be sure what packaging options are truly compostable, and if it’s really the best sustainable option for your product and the planet? To learn more, please join us for Unpacking the Compostable Packaging Market – a virtual roundtable discussion moderated by Associate Director Lisa Spicka. In this webinar, we will learn from a panel of experts about common types of compostable packaging, how to evaluate “sustainable fiber” packaging claims, how to know if a material is compostable, and how to evaluate if a compostable versus recyclable material may be the best for you. Our experts will also discuss how to education your consumers about end-of-life management, as well as introduce new compostable packaging technology that solves some of the problems currently associated with compostable fiber packaging. We look forward to seeing you there!


gary-robinson-100x100Gary Robinson, Director of Business Development, Formable Packaging, North & South America
Gary is leading BillerudKorsnäs USA [Pronounced Bill-a-Rude-Core(s)-ness] in the development of novel packaging technologies focused on advancing sustainability with natural and renewable materials. BillerudKorsnäs is a global packaging paper company based out of Stockholm, Sweden.

Gary is a packaging graduate from Michigan State University with over 20 years of highly focused and diverse professional experience leading development for major consumer brands including: Kraft Foods, The Home Depot, Newell Rubbermaid, and a broad spectrum of consulting engagements. Gary enjoys tackling sustainability challenges through the lens of innovation.

anne-bedarf-100x100Anne Bedarf, Senior Manager, Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Anne joined GreenBlue in September 2007 as a Project Manager for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and is now a Senior Manager. Anne initiated the SPC’s How2Recycle Label Program, which was launched nationally in 2012 and continues to grow rapidly. She manages and teaches the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging curriculum. Currently she is also leading GreenBlue’s composting efforts, which include collaborating with industry and government on building the composting infrastructure; understanding the value of compostable packaging; and managing the local Charlottesville City Market citizen compostables drop-off program

Cost: Free for SFTA Members; $25 for Non-Members
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Coming Soon! Sustainable Packaging Innovations

For every sustainable packaging challenge faced by the organic food industry, there are, thankfully, just as many encouraging new packaging designs that are being developed or fine-tuned for industry use. SFTA’s Sustainable Packaging Innovations webinar explores the technology developed to overcome sustainability challenges on three innovative packaging designs. These include a packaging made with fibers from agricultural byproducts, a flexible plastic pouch that is 100% biodegradable, and edible six-pack rings made of the spent grain from the beer brewing process! These designs each represent a unique property that makes it stand out. Join us in this webinar to learn about these new innovations, applications, and availability. We look forward to seeing you there!


  • Richard Hurding, CEO, Zelfo Technology GmBH
  • Elzaphan Hotam, VP of Sales, Tipa Sustainable Packaging
  • Chris Gove, President and Co-Founder, Saltwater Brewery

Cost: Free for SFTA Members; $25 for Non-Members


Past Webinar presentations are free for SFTA members and can be downloaded in the Member Center.