SustPack 2017 — A hub for innovation in packaging

If you’ve been to our office, spoken to someone from our team, or tried our products, you’ll know that we’re passionate about sustainable alternatives to traditional plastic packaging - especially when it comes to bottled water.

When we first heard about SustPack, we knew that it was the right fit for us. What could be better than a conference entirely dedicated to the sustainable packaging industry?

Taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona from April 24–26, this conference brings together brands, material manufacturers, experts in recycling and waste management, and other thought leaders who are making waves in this area.

Drop Water among other SustPack 2017 sponsors and exhibitors.

We came to this year’s conference with the main goal of becoming more educated about the sustainable packaging space — from manufacturing to end-of-life, but left with so many invaluable connections. Needless to say, the conference exceeded our expectations.

Group lunch at SustPack 2017.

Some of our learnings are as follows:

Compostable vs. Recyclable

As mentioned above, our mission has always been about reducing plastic waste. We know that even with the plethora of recyclable options available to us, much of the packaging we use still ends up in a landfill, or worse — in our oceans. That’s why we designed a bottle that was 100% compostable, and a process of filling and distributing that bottle that would mean it wouldn’t need to stand up to a shelf-life.

We stand by the idea that composting is, in many ways, better than recycling.. but we also realize that composting facilities are not available in a lot of the municipalities worldwide; and therefore, we are working to adapt our packaging so that a recyclable option can be distributed in place of a compostable one when facilities do not exist to support it.

Education

From all of the different groups we interacted with and sessions we attended at SustPack, we’ve reached a deeper understanding of the importance of education when it comes to packaging end-of-life. As a company that is supporting one of the newest end-of-life methods, we are committed to educating our consumers on what to do with the packaging when they’re done with the product.

This extends beyond just Drop Water.. we want education to be available for all different types of packaging and end-of-life options. With so many different materials utilized to create packages for our every-day goods (paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, etc), it’s necessary to break down the barriers for the consumer to do their part in keeping materials out of the landfill and our oceans.

Drop Water truck at The Scottsdale Resort for SustPack 2017.

Saving the date for SPC Impact (April 24–26, 2018) in San Francisco!