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These guides represent administrative interpretations of laws administered by the Federal Trade Commission for the guidance of the public in conducting its affairs in conformity with legal requirements. These guides specifically address the application of Section 5 of the FTC Act to environmental advertising and marketing practices. They provide the basis for voluntary compliance with such laws by members of industry.
An industry working group led by environmental scientists and composed of suppliers and end users working together to further the goals of sustainable packaging.
The Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) is a research organization in the U.K. that draws together an influential group of companies that share a vision of a future where all production, distribution, and consumption are sustainable.
The calculator is a free, Web-based resource for ascertaining the environmental impacts of individual papers or groups of papers. The calculator helps companies and individuals measure the environmental benefits of making more sustainable decisions.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners created the U.S. Life-Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database to help life-cycle assessment (LCA) experts answer their questions about environmental impact. This database provides a cradle-to-grave accounting of the energy and material flows into and out of the environment that are associated with producing a material, component, or assembly. It's an online storeroom of data collected on commonly used materials, products, and processes. The LCI data are consistent with a common research protocol and with international standards. The LCI data support efforts to develop product LCAs, support systems, and LCA tools.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator is designed to enable public- and private-sector organizations and individuals to quickly and easily translate greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions into terms that are easy to understand. Applications of this calculator might include developing a GHG-reduction strategy, communicating reduction targets to the public or stakeholders, and supporting other initiatives aimed at reducing GHG emissions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Recycled Content Tool is designed to help companies and individuals to evaluate greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions when recycled content is incorporated into a product or package.
In Australia, the Sustainable Packaging Alliance (SPA) aims to be an international focal point for knowledge, tools, and expertise that facilitate continuous improvement in the environmental performance and sustainability of packaging systems. The SPA has developed its Web-based Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool (PIQET). This scientifically based tool was designed to enable total life-cycle evaluations of packaging design.
European Bioplastics represents industrial manufacturers, processors, and users of bioplastics and biodegradable polymers and their derivative products.
The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) is a multistakeholder association of key individuals and groups from government, industry, and academia. This organization promotes the use and recycling of biodegradable polymeric materials (via composting). The organization is receptive to materials and products that meet the requirements of ASTM D6400 or D6868. On the site, you will find a list of approved products and a logo program.
The 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance (RPA-100%) is an independent, nonprofit trade alliance headquartered in Washington, DC. RPA-100% brings together leading 100-percent recycled paperboard manufacturers to analyze the benefits and promote the use of 100-percent recycled paperboard.
Conservatree is a one-stop source for information about more environmentally friendly paper. The site also has information on making large purchases.
The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is the authoritative packaging association serving the educational needs of the packaging community. IoPP's Sustainable Packaging Technical Committee (SPTC) was formed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, promote education, and foster networking among IoPP members and the packaging community.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Green Power Partnership encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. The site provides an introduction to buying green power, along with listings of suppliers and of companies buying green power.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Municipal Solid Waste Site provides information and numerous links on the topic of solid waste. There is background information on Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, as well as on source reduction. This is a good site for foundational information.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic, and ecological needs of present and future generations.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) began in 1994 as a code of conduct for the forest products industry. Today the initiative has become one of the world's largest sustainable-forest certification programs.
The American Tree Farm System (ATFS), under the oversight of the American Forest Foundation (AFF), is the oldest and largest voluntary, third-party verification process for forests in the U.S. Since 1941, ATFS has been certifying the practice of sustainable forestry.
Founded in 1989, Green Seal provides science-based environmental certification standards. Green Seal certification helps manufacturers, purchasers, and end users alike make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life. In developing environmental standards and certifying products, Green Seal follows the Guiding Principles and Procedures for Type I Environmental Labeling adopted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14024).
The Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA) is a nonprofit trade organization devoted to market development, standard setting, product certification, and public education. The CFPA helps identify Totally Chlorine Free and Processed Chlorine Free products in order to encourage and enable consumers to purchase products that reduce the impact on air, water, and earth.