A for Effort: Are Our Sustainable Packaging Efforts Creating a Positive Impact?

Session I: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Sustainable Packaging

A panel of experts and organic food companies discuss sustainable packaging trends in the organic food trade. The workshop provides context to what sustainable packaging means and how to judge its sustainability. With demonstrations of emerging sustainable packaging products, panelists will speak to the challenges and successes they have had working with key supply chain partners to implement new packaging choices, social and environmental impacts, and the costs embedded when doing so.

Speakers: David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Reyna Bryan; Athena Petty, New Seasons Market; Gary Robinson, Synaptic Packaging; Myla Holmes; Tia Ross; Lisa Spicka, Sustainable Food Trade Association

Speaker Bios

David Allaway is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program. Since 1989, he has helped hundreds of businesses and communities reduce the environmental impacts of materials and wastes. David led efforts to develop and update the nation’s first sub-national consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventory, served as an invited science advisor to Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network, and served as an advisor to Paul Hawken’s Project DrawdownA member of the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum’s leadership team, David has a B.A. in physics from Carleton College.

Athena Petty is the Sustainability Program Manager for New Seasons Market, a privately-owned chain of grocery stores selling organic and locally produced products alongside conventional groceries operating in the Portland Metro area, SW Washington and Seattle. New Seasons was the world's first B Corp certified grocery store and strives to be the ultimate neighborhood grocery store by giving back to its staff, community and the environment. Athena works to integrate sustainability principles into all areas of business, from reporting systems and communication, to engagement and program implementation, she believes that in order to solve the most pressing issues of our time, we must prioritize making positive impacts in our communities and the planet in every decision we make. Athena brings over 10 years of work in sustainability and efficiency from her roles at Pacific Natural Foods, the Energy Trust of Oregon and the Northwest Earth Institute.

Gary Robinson is an advisor to start-up firms helping them commercialize novel technologies that will advance packaging sustainability.  From building solutions for global systemic issues, to finding micro keys to unlock new markets - Gary focuses on advancing disruptive innovations.  Gary has 25 years in leadership with major brands such as The Home Depot, Kraft Foods, Newell Rubbermaid, and Amway R&D.  In a consulting capacity Gary has also advanced major programs for some of the largest quick service restaurant chains and consumer brands that you know and love.  In one sentence, Gary believes the key to success for disruptive innovation lies in Synaptic Connections.  That is the ability to project forward trajectories and accelerate the connection of converging adjacencies.

 Lisa Spicka (Moderator) is the Associate Director of SFTA, and primary Education Director for its project the Climate Collaborative, Lisa uses her diverse background to develop educational and analytic tools that help companies uncover sustainability priorities, and learn about practical solutions to grow their triple-bottom-line practices. Lisa also uses these skills as CEO of Maracuja Solutions, where she helps clients integrate supply chain engagement initiatives and incorporate sustainability strategy and business planning to scale their business services and products with integrity.Lisa has worked extensively in the United States and Latin America since 1997 in the organic agriculture, food and dairy industry. She has held operations, supply chain integrity, education, and sustainability leadership roles for a spectrum of companies, including Cypress Grove Chevre, OCIA, and Amway-Nutrilite.  In her roles, Lisa has led domestic and global initiatives that focus on supply chain integrity, food safety, organic certification, and sustainability management. She holds a Spanish degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and graduated cum laude from Thunderbird School of Global Management, with a Global MBA in sustainable supply chain management.