A revolutionary free online resource helping concert and sports venues, restaurants, and other businesses choose plastic-free and sustainable packaging
Make Better Choices
The Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard is a revolutionary free online resource that can help concert and sports venues, restaurants, and other businesses choose plastic-free and sustainable packaging for food and drinks.
The tool was developed through the Single-Use Materials Decelerator (SUM’D)—an unprecedented cross-industry collaboration of leading foodservice companies, environmental NGOs, and technical experts. The collaborators include Plastic Pollution Coalition and member organizations and businesses, like Food Packaging Forum, Footprint Foundation, and Vessel Works. Also part of the effort are some of the biggest players in the global food service industry, including Aramark (U.S.), Compass Group (UK), and Sodexo (France), along with the U.S. National Restaurant Association.
This free tool backed by sustainability and foodservice leaders brings consistency and transparency to the foodware and food packaging industry. Investigate and compare the health and environmental impacts of various food and drink packaging and containers to make positive decisions for your customers, your business, and our planet.
The Packaging You Choose Matters
With its huge purchasing power, the food service industry could provide a transformative market signal to foodware and packaging manufacturers for more sustainable products. This opportunity remains mostly unrealized today, because food service industry buyers often lack the technical expertise needed to evaluate the wide range of more sustainable solutions amid increasing green marketing claims, such as recyclable, compostable, non-toxic, and low carbon.
The UP Scorecard works by measuring commonly used foodware and food packaging products with a coherent method to provide companies with the information needed to make sustainable purchasing decisions.
After being launched in 2021, the UP Scorecard was updated in 2022. This new version features a strengthened methodology and improved user experience and features over 70 additional foodware and food packaging products to explore and compare.
Tips for Using the UP Scorecard
Do you have questions about how the UP Scorecard works or how it could help you? Be sure to take a look at the new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. An updated version of the methodology document has also been released that explains in detail all of the data sources and calculations used to calculate each score.
Implement Plastic-Free Changes
There’s so much plastic served along with food at restaurants and included with take-out orders, from plastic wrap to plastic forks. This is a big problem, because plastic is a substance the Earth cannot digest. Neither can people, nor other animals.
There are many reasons to implement plastic-free changes at your food-service business.
Find out how to replace single-use plastic products with healthier alternatives at your eatery or food service business, on our Plastic-Free Eateries page.
The Single-Use Materials Decelerator (SUM’D) team (of which Plastic Pollution Coalition is a part) would like to thank everyone who shared feedback with us on the first version of the UP Scorecard. Many of these suggestions have already been incorporated, and there are still others we are working to take on board in future versions. If you have any feedback to share on this new version, please do so using this online form.