In an article published on January 11, 2019 by news provider Greener Package, a new guidance document titled “Packaging Materials Management Definitions” released by the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) is presented. On their website, AMERIPEN explains that the report aims to “…improve clarity and alignment around definitions of packaging materials and management processes” given that, for example, “across the U.S., there are 18 different definitions of recycling – and even more globally.” It goes on to say that “understanding of what is meant by key terms – including “recyclable,” “reusable,” “compostable,” “renewable” and “recycled content” – informs how goals are set and results are measured, influences policy creation and drives the application of regulations. These terms also affect material and design strategies.”

The report itself provides a side-by-side comparison of such terms according to various existing frameworks including the International Organization for Standards (ISO) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), among others.

AMERIPEN is “a coalition of packaging producers, users and end-of-life materials managers dedicated to improving packaging and the environment.” The report can be accessed for free on AMERIPEN’s website.

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Greener Package (January 11, 2019). “New resource reviews global packaging frameworks, standards, and definitions.”

AMERIPEN. “Achieving Clarity in Defining Packaging Materials and Management Processes.”


AMERIPEN. “Packaging Materials Management Definitions: A Review of Varying Global Standards.” (pdf)