PAC - The Packaging Association creates PAC NEXT to lead to zero packaging waste.
August 12, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff
On August 12, 2011, PAC – The Packaging Association announced it has created PAC NEXT to help the industry transition towards a world without packaging waste.
“To address this pressing need, a 31-member founding organization was established on August 3 to formalize this North American initiative by electing co-chairs and establishing a series of objectives,” states James D. Downham, president and chief executive officer of PAC.
The purpose of PAC NEXT is to facilitate the convergence of ideas and identify sustainable solutions that lead to zero packaging waste. This will be achieved through transparent process and active collaboration by leading industry, government agencies and NGOs (non-governmental organizations).
“We will explore all solutions to achieve economical recovery that leads to improved reduction, recycling, reuse, up-cycling, composting, energy-from-waste and other emerging solutions for discarded packaging,” notes Downham.
Following the Consumer Goods Forum model of co-chairs representing retailers and consumer packaged goods manufacturers, the PAC NEXT founding member chairs are Guy McGuffin, vice-president of sustainable packaging, with Walmart Canada and Kim Rapagna the manager of sustainability for Kraft Canada. As well, Nina Goodrich, a former innovation and sustainability executive with Alcan and Amcor has joined the team as PAC NEXT program director.
PAC NEXT founding members:
Consumer Packaged Goods
Discarded Material Management
Observer only – Non member
The PAC is a not-for-profit, material and package neutral association that has been a leading voice on packaging since 1950. PAC members are comprised of industry leaders and representatives throughout the supply chain. PAC is leveraging its rich history in environmental leadership, values, processes and influential members to guide industry through this changing era. For more information, contact James D. Downham, PAC president and chief executive officer at 416-646-4637, via e-mail at email@example.com or by visiting www.pac.ca/index.php/pac/packnext.