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Day 2 - SGP - Jodi Sawyer & Panel Discussion

Written by Hasti Hojjatzadeh

Jodi Sawyer from SGP

Jodi Sawyer is the director supplier of an organization called Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP). She is also a business unit manager for a company called Flexcon which creates materials that are used in label packaging graphics in different types of applications.

SGP is an independent non-profits accreditation for the printing industry that's focused on sustainability and print. SGP is a young organization that advocates for best practices innovation. It aligns the print industry, its customers, and suppliers in the pursuit of more accountable transparency in validating supply chains. The impact tracker is an online dashboard that was developed specifically for the accredited facilities and it is an all-in-one tool for metrics and efficiency. SGP has 58 certified printers and 33 new applicants just this year. They are going to be growing and their goal is to increase their certified printers in the next five years.

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion featured Jodi Sawyer from SGP, Andrew Macdonald from PAC Next, Amanda Galusha from Goldfin Consulting, Steph and Amanda from Hemlock. The panelists dived into questions and topics all about sustainability initiatives, packaging and more.

Questions asked during the panel:

  • How long could COVID-19 affect sustainability initiatives?

  • Would it be safe to say that we might become too dependent on compostable materials and then the composting system could become like the current recycling system?

  • Is PAC planning a doing a post-mortem of the explosion of packaging that has been used during the pandemic?

  • I have noticed that a lot of CPGs (consumer packaged goods) are setting scope three reduction targets. How do you plan to measure packaging suppliers’ impact to their scope three emissions?

  • What are the client’s reactions to seeing their carbon footprint quotes in your zero-carbon neutral printing program?

  • Sustainability is often seen as excessively expensive, but could you encourage brands to switch their print and packaging to be more financially and environmentally sustainable?


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