The Future of Plastics and Packaging

October 11 October 12

This two-day business conference will bring together key industry players to debate practical packaging solutions that work for consumers, the environment and business reality. Attendees will assess what progress has been made towards corporate packaging targets and highlight the leading business practices, product innovations and emerging technologies that will deliver a reduced packaging footprint.

Material dilemmas and product design
How to navigate conflicting data points and avoid unintended consequences to design real world solutions to sustainable packaging

Closed loop packaging
How business can break down the barriers to circular packaging and develop the solutions to implement programs at scale

Innovation and technology
The role of business to deliver advances in recycling infrastructure and the technologies that will enable the future of packaging production

Consumer engagement and behaviour change
How to genuinely engage consumers in sustainable packaging and translate consumer trends and demands into effective corporate strategy

September 29, 2021 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm Washington, DC

Over 99% of plastic is made from fossil fuels, and greenhouse gases are emitted at every stage of the plastics life cycle. Yet, even as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that “climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying,” big brands like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé (including BlueTriton, formerly Nestlé Waters North America) are increasing their production of single-use plastics and packaging—driving a petrochemical expansion that threatens the global climate as well as communities and ecosystems around the world.

This webinar will feature Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, who will discuss the nexus between plastic production and climate change, including the immense environmental justice impacts, and Graham Forbes, Global Project Leader of the Plastic-Free Future campaign at Greenpeace, who will discuss how consumer goods companies’ reliance on single-use plastic packaging is providing a lifeline for Big Oil. This important conversation is especially relevant ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 in November, where world leaders are scheduled to gather in Glasgow, Scotland, with the goal to accelerate action on climate change.

DATE: Wed., September 29
TIME: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Judith Enck
President
Beyond Plastics

Judith founded Beyond Plastics in 2019 to end plastic pollution through education, advocacy, and institutional change. Passionate about protecting public health and the environment, she teaches classes on plastic pollution as a Senior Fellow and visiting faculty member at Bennington College, and was recently a Visiting Scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

Judith has held top influential positions in state and federal government. Appointed by President Obama, she served as the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, overseeing environmental protections in NY, NJ, eight Indian Nations, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – in addition to managing a staff of 800 and a $700M budget.

Previously, Judith served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the New York Governor’s Office, and Policy Advisor to the New York State Attorney General. She was Senior Environmental Associate with the New York Public Interest Research Group, served as Executive Director for Environmental Advocates of New York and the Non-Profit Resource Center, and is a past President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Judith appears on a weekly public affairs radio show on a local NPR affiliate, the Roundtable on WAMC in Albany, NY. 

Judith lives in upstate New York with her husband, where they built their passive solar home with their own hands and with lots of support from friends and family. She designed her town’s rural recycling program. She is a proud parent and enjoys reading and following the news in her spare time.


Graham Forbes
Global Project Leader, Plastic-Free Future campaign
Greenpeace USA

Graham Forbes leads the Greenpeace global plastics campaign, which aims to stem the flow of plastic pollution into our oceans, waterways and communities by empowering people to hold corporations accountable. He has over 15 years of experience leading successful campaigns on environmental, human rights, labor and social justice issues. 

Beginning his career as a union organizer with UNITE HERE, Graham has focused his professional life on bringing the environmental and labor movements together to win political and corporate victories that protect natural places and secure rights for workers. Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in political economy from San Diego State University. He has a lifelong passion for the ocean and spends as much time as he can in the Pacific.

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The Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard is a new online resource to help concert and sports venues, restaurants, and other businesses choose plastic free and sustainable packaging for food and drinks. Trying to do the right thing can be confusing in today’s market: Is reusable stainless steel a better choice than reusable plastic for cold cups at concert venues and stadiums? Are aluminum cans better than bioplastic bottles for soft drinks at restaurants? 

Sustainably minded buyers can be overwhelmed by competing products claiming to be compostable, recyclable, low-carbon, non-toxic, etc. These choices are further complicated by the large number of materials and material combinations in food packaging and their various environmental and health impacts.

The UP Scorecard is an authoritative, free resource for businesses as well as environmental and human health advocates, which simplifies sustainable purchasing decisions. The online tool measures commonly used foodware and food packaging products with a single yardstick. Scores are provided for plastic pollution, chemicals of concern, climate, water use, sustainable sourcing, and recoverability

What’s the Most Sustainable Cold Cup to Use at a Concert Venue or Stadium?

The example below compares reusable stainless steel and reusable polypropylene (plastic) cups using the UP Scorecard tool. 

The UP Scorecard analysis makes it clear that stainless steel reusable cups are a far better choice than reusable polypropylene cups, so sustainability professionals at concert venues and stadiums would be wise to choose stainless steel. Of course, no packaging is always the best option whenever possible! There are many great initiatives venues can join like BYOBottle and the Refill Revolution, where water refill stations are provided to fans to fill their own bottles, and discounts or incentives are given on paid drink refills for those who bring their own reusable cups.

Photo by Brandise Danesewich.

What’s the Most Sustainable Soft Drink Bottle for Restaurants to Sell?

In another example using the UP Scorecard (see below), several different types of drink bottles are compared. Reusable stainless steel comes out again as the clear winner, followed by glass and aluminum. In what may come as a surprise to some, bioPET bottles come in slightly worse than regular PET bottles, with slightly higher climate impacts and water use (not to mention that bioplastics are not recyclable in most places and can contaminate regular PET plastic recycling if they are mixed in).

Transforming the Food Service Industry

The UP Scorecard has enormous potential for helping food industry professionals and others make informed decisions about the sustainability and human health impacts of foodware and food packaging products they buy. The beta version of the UP Scorecard is available now and includes data for cold cups and bottles, and when the tool launches officially on August 19, it will include many other types of packaging, including take-out containers, utensils, lids, straws, plates and trays, and more.

With its huge purchasing power, the food service industry could provide a transformative market signal to foodware and packaging manufacturers for more sustainable products that will:

  • support the development of a clean circular economy,
  • build consumer loyalty, and
  • manage against financial and reputational risks by demonstrating the industry’s commitment to protecting human and environmental health.

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.

When we ask companies not to use single-use plastic because it is toxic to human health and pollutes the environment, the first question they ask is what are they supposed to use instead? Now there is a tool to help companies better ‘understand packaging’ and how to choose the most sustainable option. The UP Scorecard is really exciting and could be transformative for the food service industry. It will be a huge help as we begin the cultural shift away from single-use materials to more sustainable ways to package and deliver food.”

Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition

Join the UP Scorecard Launch Event on August 19th!

More information about the UP Scorecard and SUM’D is available on UPscorecard.org, including the opportunity to register for an online launch event on Thursday, August 19th at 9:00am PDT, 12:00pm EDT, 6:00pm CEST. 

We look forward to jump-starting a more sustainable future free of plastic pollution with you! Join our global Coalition.

Header photo: Ben Harper at Bonnaroo Music Festival, by Danny Clinch.

Back to school season is almost upon us, and while returning to the classroom might not be possible for all students, two things remain the same in this time of uncertainty: the importance of educating our youth and protecting the planet for their futures. 

This year’s plastic-free back to school not only features a variety of sustainable products for eco-minded students and parents, we also include a number of educational resources to compliment your child’s learning, whether it takes place at home or in the classroom.

#NOTPLASTIC

#NOTPLASTIC is an online store with a variety of reusable alternatives to single-use plastic. They even have carbon neutral delivery through reforestation.

Reusable Cutlery for Kids – A safe and healthy alternative to plastic cutlery, these adorable reusable forks and spoons are perfect for packing into school lunches. They are specifically designed for small hands and mouths and they are made from USDA certified organic bamboo.

Abeego

Abeego picks up where the peel leaves off. Their beeswax food wraps protect and breathe like nature’s peel and preserve food.

Beeswax Wrap – Abeego offers plastic-free wraps in a variety of sizes, so they are any eco-minded lunch-packing parent’s dream come true. They are great for sandwiches, partial or whole fruits, veggies, and more.

BeeBagz

Bee Bagz is an innovative manufacturer of sustainably produced and environmentally friendly food storage solutions. Their mission is to contribute to the zero waste movement by providing customers with socially responsible alternatives that result in a notable reduction in overall single-use plastic.

Snack Pack – If you like beeswax wraps then you will LOVE these beeswax bags. Reusable and biodegradable, these are a great alternative to single-use plastic bags.

BuyMeOnce

BuyMeOnce is an online store dedicated to selling quality products that really last. In a world where so many products are meant to break or wear out, BuyMeOnce is all about offering items that (you guessed it!) you only need to buy once.

Chalkboard – Revolutionize screentime with this wooden toy chalkboard tablet made by little miss workbench. Make learning fun and watch your child’s imagination come to life with this unique learning tool.

Chico Bag

Chico Bag offers a variety of reusable solutions to help prevent pollution from single-use plastic. With their partner brand To-Go Ware, they have saved an estimated 18 billion single-use items from entering the waste stream.

Snack Time Bags – Just one of these cute reusable bags can replace 1,825 single-use plastic bags throughout its life, and each set includes three. Reduce plastic pollution in style with these adjustable, reusable bags.

EcoBags

EcoBags is a Certified B Corporation that offers a variety of reusable bags that help prevent plastic pollution. All of their products are certified by the (GOTS), meaning their cotton not only meets high-level environmental and supply chain certifications, but also complies with social criteria. 

Organic Cotton Lunch Box – These reusable lunchboxes are made out of 100% organic cotton and are even customizable so your child can create their very own design.

ECOlunchbox

ECOlunchbox specializes in plastic-free food containers designed to help people reduce their dependence on plastics for health and environmental reasons.

Splash Box and Pods Set – Completely leak-proof and plastic-free, this terrific three-piece set of metal lunchbox containers includes one Splash Box and two coordinating Splash Pods.

Faherty

Faherty is a family business dedicated to crafting great products that last a lifetime. They produce quality products that honor both their customers and the planet. 

Masks – Make sure your kids suit up in style with one of these soft, lightweight face masks from Faherty. The accordion design and elastic bands make it easy to wear, even for the most finicky of kids.

Final

Final, the creator of the innovative FinalStraw, creates a range of ‘Foreverables’ that reduce the need for plastics, empower individuals to change their buying habits, and raise awareness of the impacts of our everyday decisions.

Final Fork – One of the newest offerings from Final is the Final Fork, a reusable, collapsable fork that is perfect for tucking into a lunchbox. Check out their Indiegogo to pre-order yours now.

Khala & Company

Khala & Company is a Colorado-based company that makes vegan and beeswax wraps for food on the go. They are also a Green America certified business and a member of 1% for the Planet.

Beeswax Wraps – Khala Cloths’ beeswax wraps are a great way to store and carry food without resorting to polluting plastic cling wrap. In addition to eliminating the need for single-use plastic wrap, you can feel great about using Khala Cloths because their beeswax is sourced from sustainable, bee-friendly apiaries in their local Colorado area.

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen is a family owned business that makes non-toxic, BPA-free stainless steel water bottles. They are also a certified B Corp and a member of 1% for the Planet, so you can feel great when you buy their high quality reusable water bottles.

Kid Classic Sport 12oz Water Bottle – This stainless steel water bottle was designed with active kids in mind. It features a spill proof sports cap with a dust cover, a soft silicone spout and loop so it can be easily attached to a bag or backpack. It comes in a variety of bright colors and fun graphics, and the chip-resistant finish is extra durable, making it safe for people and the planet.

Leafico

Lefico is a Vancouver-based business with one major goal: to save the world from plastic pollution. To that end, they make high quality, affordable reusable alternatives to common plastic items. 

Telescopic Straw With Carrying Case – This is another eco-friendly gadget that is a big hit with the kiddos. Small enough to fit on a keychain and made from dishwasher safe stainless steel, this telescopic straw is the perfect addition to any environmentally-friendly lunch box.

Life Without Plastic

Life Without Plastic is an online store with a large selection of items that help people eliminate plastic from their lives.

Adjustable Juco Sandwich Bag – This exclusive sandwich bag is made of juco, a new eco fabric composed of 75% jute and 25% cotton. It offers the best properties of jute, such as durability and water resistance, while having a finer weave and softer texture thanks to the presence of cotton. It is strong and reusable and its high jute content–the production of which has a low carbon and water footprint–makes its overall environmental impact very low. 

Lunch Bag – This lunch bag really is the whole package: it is 100% plastic free (unlike most lunch bags), insulated, and it is washable! This bag is made from one of Life Without Plastic’s most trusted ethical manufacturers who strives to provide only the highest quality materials and finished product. The cotton is even GOTS certified.

Stainless Steel Folding Spork – This super handy and extra compact foldable spork is absolutely perfect for school lunches! It is small enough to be packed inside a lunch box or even kept in a pocket. Kids love this fun and practical alternative to single-use plastic utensils.

LunchBots

Founded by a mother of two sons, LunchBots offers zero waste food containers that are easy to pack and that last a lifetime. 

Bento Box – LunchBots offers stainless steel bento boxes in a range of sizes and with a variety of compartment options. These handy boxes are thoughtfully designed to make it easy to add variety to your child’s lunch without the need for tons of single-use plastic bags.

Made By Bees

Made By Bees is a producer of all-natural, Canadian-made honey and handmade beeswax products. They strive to save bees, the planet, and our food.

“Bee Kind” Buttoned Wrap – This adorable buttoned beeswax bag is a fun and reusable replacement for single-use plastic sandwich bags.

Rewilder

Rewilder is a sustainable fashion brand that finds beauty in discarded materials and upcycles them into products that highlight their strength and durability. This women-owned and operated fashion brand ethically manufactures their quality in their Los Angeles studio using only repurposed and upcycled materials. 

Backpack – Believe it or not, this stylish backpack was made entirely out of upcycled auto airbags and seatbelts! Durable and water resistant, this backpack features a 15-inch laptop sleeve and a dual-zip main compartment. Bonus: this product is PETA approved vegan.

Stasher

Stasher offers a range of reusable silicone bags that are better for you and better for the planet than single-use plastic baggies. Stasher is also a member of 1% for the Planet, which means that they donate 1% of their sales to environmental non-profits.

Sandwich Bag – Made with non-toxic, 100% pure platinum silicone, the Stasher sandwich bag is a total crowd pleaser and a lunchbox essential. These bags are endlessly reusable as they are both dishwasher and microwave safe.

To-Go Ware/Life Without Plastic

To-Go Ware provides sustainable solutions to the convenience of our “to-go” culture. Their goal is to make the “throw-away” mentality a thing of the past. Their products are innovative, safe, environmentally responsible, affordable and convenient. To-Go Ware makes it easy to choose to reuse. 

Bamboo Utensil Set – This handy bamboo utensil set features a fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks all conveniently tucked in a pouch with a carabiner so it is perfect for people on the go. Lightweight, strong, and heat & stain resistant, these utensils will last a lifetime without imparting or absorbing flavors. Even the holder is eco-friendly as it is made out of recycled PET plastic bottles.

U-Konserve

U-Konserve was started by two mothers who wanted to find environmentally conscious solutions to packed school lunches. They knew that common single-use baggies and drink cartons were destined for landfill, so they created a waste-free lunch kit, and shortly after U-Konserve was born! To this day they offer durable, long-lasting products that offer innovative solutions to eco-minded parents and kids. 

NEW Stainless Steel & Silicone To-Go Containers – U-Konserve’s trusted stainless steel containers now come with plastic-free, clear-as-glass silicone lids! These are the perfect waste-free solution for eco-friendly lunches. Leak-proof and dishwasher safe, these containers are popular with kids and parents alike. 

Wild Minimalist

Wild Minimalist is an online story for people who are striving to live a plastic-free, zero waste lifestyle. 

Organic Biodegradable Bandaids – Handy, eco-friendly and super cute, these organic and biodegradable bandaids are great for stashing in your kiddo’s backpack.  

Wisdom Supply Co.

Wisdom Supply Co. is a Certified B Corporation that believes that waste is a design flaw. It is this conviction that drives them to curate and create school supplies that prevent waste, for good.

3-Ring Binders – Decades upon decades worth of disposable vinyl binder contribute to the global plastic pollution crisis. These sturdy cardboard binders with removable covers are designed to stay out of the waste stream altogether. Should the need arise for a fresh cover, simply remove the tattered cover, place it in the recycling bin, and attach a new cover!

Educational Resources

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Can you believe it is already back to school season? Us either! We know this time of year can be stressful, but we’ve got you and your kid covered with all the coolest, eco-friendly back to school gear around. Keep reading to check out our Plastic-Free Back To School Guide!


Abeego - back to school.png

Abeego

Abeego picks up where the peel leaves off. Their beeswax food wraps protect and breathe like nature’s peel and preserve food.

Beeswax Wrap – Abeego offers plastic-free wraps in a variety of sizes, so they are any eco-minded lunch-packing parent’s dream come true. They are great for sandwiches, partial or whole fruits, veggies, and more.

ECOlunchbox

ECOlunchbox specializes in plastic-free food containers designed to help people reduce their dependence on plastics for health and environmental reasons.

Splash Box and Pods Set Completely leak-proof and plastic-free, this terrific three-piece set of metal lunchbox containers includes one Splash Box and two coordinating Splash Pods.


Khala - back to school.png

Khala Cloths

Khala Cloths is a Colorado-based company that makes vegan and beeswax wraps for food on the go. They are also a Green America certified business and a member of 1% for the Planet.

Beeswax Wraps – Khala Cloths’ beeswax wraps are a great way to store and carry food without resorting to polluting plastic cling wrap. In addition to eliminating the need for single-use plastic wrap, you can feel great about using Khala Cloths because their beeswax is sourced from sustainable, bee-friendly apiaries in their local Colorado area.


Klean Kanteen - back so school.png

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen is a family owned business that makes non-toxic, BPA-free stainless steel water bottles. They are also a certified B Corp and a member of 1% for the Planet, so you can feel great when you buy their high quality reusable water bottles.

Kid Classic Sport 12oz Water Bottle – This stainless steel water bottle was designed with active kids in mind. It features a spill proof sports cap with a dust cover, a soft silicone spout and loop so it can be easily attached to a bag or backpack. It comes in a variety of bright colors and fun graphics, and the chip-resistant finish is extra durable, making it safe for people and the planet.


Leafico - back to school.png

Leafico

Lefico is a Vancouver-based business with one major goal: to save the world from plastic pollution. To that end, they make high quality, affordable reusable alternatives to common plastic items.

Telescopic Straw With Carrying Case – This is another eco-friendly gadget that is a big hit with the kiddos. Small enough to fit on a keychain and made from dishwasher safe stainless steel, this telescopic straw is the perfect addition to any environmentally-friendly lunch box.

Life Without Plastic

Life Without Plastic is an online store with a large selection of items that help people eliminate plastic from their lives.

Adjustable Juco Sandwich Bag – This exclusive sandwich bag is made of juco, a new eco fabric composed of 75% jute and 25% cotton. It offers the best properties of jute, such as durability and water resistance, while having a finer weave and softer texture thanks to the presence of cotton. It is strong and reusable and its high jute content–the production of which has a low carbon and water footprint–makes its overall environmental impact very low.

Lunch Bag – This lunch bag really is the whole package: it is 100% plastic free (unlike most lunch bags), insulated, and it is washable! This bag is made from one of Life Without Plastic’s most trusted ethical manufacturers who strives to provide only the highest quality materials and finished product. The cotton is even GOTS certified

Stainless Steel Folding Spork – This super handy and extra compact foldable spork is absolutely perfect for school lunches! It is small enough to be packed inside a lunch box or even kept in a pocket. Kids love this fun and practical alternative to single-use plastic utensils.


LunchBots - back to school .png

LunchBots

Founded by a mother of two sons, LunchBots offers zero waste food containers that are easy to pack and that last a lifetime.

Bento Box – LunchBots offers stainless steel bento boxes in a range of sizes and with a variety of compartment options. These handy boxes are thoughtfully designed to make it easy to add variety to your child’s lunch without the need for tons of single-use plastic bags.


Stasher - back to school.png

Stasher

Stasher offers a range of reusable silicone bags that are better for you and better for the planet than single-use plastic baggies. Stasher is also a member of 1% for the Planet, which means that they donate 1% of their sales to environmental non-profits.

Sandwich Bag – Made with non-toxic, 100% pure platinum silicone, the Stasher sandwich bag is a total crowd pleaser and a lunchbox essential. These bags are endlessly reusable as they are both dishwasher and microwave safe.


LWOP_ToGo Ware - back to school.png

To-Go Ware/Life Without Plastic

To-Go Ware provides sustainable solutions to the convenience of our “to-go” culture. Their goal is to make the “throw-away” mentality a thing of the past. Their products are innovative, safe, environmentally responsible, affordable and convenient. To-Go Ware makes it easy to choose to reuse.

Bamboo Utensil Set – This handy bamboo utensil set features a fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks all conveniently tucked in a pouch with a carabiner so it is perfect for people on the go. Lightweight, strong, and heat & stain resistant, these utensils will last a lifetime without imparting or absorbing flavors. Even the holder is eco-friendly as it is made out of recycled PET plastic bottles.

U-Konserve

U-Konserve was started by two mothers who wanted to find environmentally conscious solutions to packed school lunches. They knew that common single-use baggies and drink cartons were destined for landfill, so they created a waste-free lunch kit, and shortly after U-Konserve was born! To this day U-Konserve offers durable, long-lasting products that offer innovative solutions to eco-minded parents and kids.

Divided Stainless Steel Container  – These stainless steel bento-style lunch boxes feature a removable divider that makes it seem like you have several containers in one! Easy to clean and boasting a leak-resistant lid, these are great for school lunches.

Insulated Lunch Sack – Durable, machine washable, and featuring a strap made from non-toxic recycled water bottles, this lunch sack is the ultimate in recycling and reuse! With an inside pocket for an ice pack, this lunch sack can keep your food and drinks cold for 5-8 hours.

Wild Minimalist

Wild Minimalist is an online story for people who are striving to live a plastic-free, zero waste lifestyle.

Organic Biodegradable Bandaids – Handy, eco-friendly and super cute, these organic and biodegradable bandaids are great for stashing in your kiddo’s backpack.


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Wisdom Supply

Wisdom Supply Co. is a company “driven to address plastic pollution” and offers a range of plastic-free, sustainable school supplies from folders to pencils and more, so that young minds can enjoy a zero waste educational experience.

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Pictured: 4 organic bananas
Time to consume: 1 week
Material: wrapping = transparent stretch film (material undisclosed);
Tray = PS (polystyrene);
Labels = adhesive paper
Time to decompose: paper = 1 to 3 months; plastics = hundreds of years


Did you know: Organic produce is packaged in many times more plastic than conventional produce?

Yet, the consumers who are probably most aware of this dire situation—those making the effort and paying a premium to have a less-polluting, more organic/natural lifestyle—are the ones having to consume the most plastic when purchasing their food.

The labelling, transportation, traceability and shelf constraints imposed on organic produce, even more than regular produce, results in fruits and vegetables needing to carry labels and protection against the elements and fraud. This function is important, as it allows trust to build between organic producers, distributors and consumers.

However, most of the current materials used in organic packaging (polystyrene foam, polyethylene, aluminum, etc. are environmentally destructive. Beyond a certain scale, organic producers use packaging machines which have been designed to use specific types of plastic elastic bands/labels/meshes, etc., and have little leverage to change the status quo.

So, how can we act?


SIGN THE PETITION: Ban the Use of Plastic Packaging for Organic Produce


Faune Stevens, author of The Bare Necessities blog, created the “Ban the use of plastic packaging for organic produce” petition to concentrate efforts to get rid of extraneous plastic packaging of organic produce and to phase it out. The petition asks the organics industry to invest in truly compostable materials, and targets national organic produce policymakers.

In the United States, the production and handling of organic produce is regulated by the Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. This program follows the directions defined by the NOSB (National Organic Standards Board). 

The ongoing petition effort is pushing for more signatures before April 14. See the petition for latest updates. 

Stevens is the founder of Studio Habeas Corpus, a research and design studio advocating for gentler materiality in the everyday things we use. 

Remember that plastic never goes away. It spoils our groundwater, attracts other pollutants, and piles up in the environment. It poisons our food chain, affects human health, and threatens wildlife. And plastic costs billions to abate.


Photos: The Bare Necessities Blog