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Let’s Talk Compostable Foodservice Packaging

Collaboration is one of everyone’s favorite words these days, and rightly so. With so many different organizations seemingly tackling similar topics, collaboration is crucial so that efficiencies are achieved, and redundancies are kept to a minimum, if not eliminated. This is especially true when the topic is one that impacts an entire supply chain, as is the case with designing, selling, using and disposing of compostable foodservice packaging.


For the last few years, I’ve been involved with several groups with similar initiatives related to compostable foodservice packaging – the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the U.S. Composting Council (USCC). While each has some great work going on, there seems to be some disconnects between the groups and their constituents.


For this reason, I am pleased to announce that FPI is hosting a webinar that will bring together industry partners to discuss various aspects of compostable foodservice packaging, including: critical labeling issues, common questions from the foodservice industry, education of consumers and challenges seen by the composting community.


During the 90-minute webinar to be held next Tuesday, September 24th at 2:00 Eastern Time, the following representatives from BPI, NRA and USCC will be our featured speakers:


  • BPI:  David Brooks, Certification Manager
  • NRA:  Jeff Clark, Conserve Sustainability Education Program Director
  • USCC:  Michele Young,  City of San Jose's Organics Manager and Co-Chair of USCC's Compostable Plastics TaskForce


    Each of the speakers will talk about their initiatives, then we'll open up the webinar to questions, concerns and ideas.  My hope is that participants - which we expect will include raw material suppliers, converters, foodservice operators, composters and government officials interested in composting - will come away with a better understanding of the issues and the roles that they play in the value chain.  And perhaps more important, will understand how working together will be the key to everyone's success.


    I hope you will join us. To participate in this webinar, simply register here.  There is no cost, but space is limited.  And, if you can't make it and have questions you'd like to ask the speakers, feel free to send them to me in advance.


  • Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 9/16/2013 4:22:07 PM