Sustainable Packaging Indicators and Metrics


Sustainable Packaging Indicators and Metrics

Sustainable Packaging Indicators and Metrics Framework is designed to help companies measure progress toward the SPC Definition of Sustainable Packaging. The 55-page framework provides a wide-ranging palette of indicators and metrics that are organized into eight categories: material use, energy use, water use, material health, clean production and transport, cost and performance, community impact, and worker impact. Each module explains why the measurements are relevant to sustainability efforts, defines each indicator as it relates to packaging, specifies the metric to be used, and provides recommendations for what to measure and what not to measure.

The rigorous technical document, based on international standards and protocols, was jointly developed by a group of stakeholders representing leadership companies throughout the packaging supply chain. Selected metrics from the Metrics Framework served as the baseline for the Global Packaging Project, an initiative of the Consumer Goods Forum, which seeks to standardize packaging sustainability measurement by developing a globally recognized set of indicators and metrics with common data request and collection protocols.

Released December 2009


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Adam Gendell
Associate Director, Sustainable Packaging Coalition
434.817.1424 x321