BPI Committees

Committees are open to employees of BPI Member Companies and are a fantastic way to get involved. Below is some basic info, including the Committee Charters and sample project lists.  Committees typically meet via conference call on a monthly basis.  To sign up for a Committee, or if you have questions about participation, give us a call at 888-BPI-LOGO or send us an email.


     Communications & Outreach      

Chair:  Solange Ackril, Club Coffee

Charter: Help facilitate growth in the awareness of the BPI name and certification program. Work across content platforms and specified audience groups to show that certified compostable products not only work in commercial compost facilities, but are crucial to the broader zero waste effort.  

Possible Projects:

  • Assist with the review and launch of the updated BPI Certification Logo
  • Participate in coordinated efforts to engage with media / press and highlight success stories of certified compostable packaging and zero waste programs
  • Communicate with membership on communication related regulatory topics like labeling and the marketing of compostable products
  • Create list of sister organizations for partnerships and collaboration
  • Continue to improve BPI’s website content 
  • Supply leads for more active social media presence

     Standards & Procedures      

Chair: Peg Hoks, Georgia Pacific

Charter: A technical committee overseeing the validation process associated with issuing the BPI Certified Logo. The committee will also act as a liaison between BPI, BPI member companies, and standards bodies such as ASTM. 

Possible Projects:

  • Develop "Certification Scheme" to document BPI procedures used to validate compliance with ASTM Standard Specifications D6400 and D6868 (completed February 2019).
  • Updates to Certification Scheme as needed, based on areas that need clarification or improvement.
  • Discuss the activities of ASTM D20.96 (Environmentally Degradable and BioBased Products Subcommittee), and create updates to membership.

Legislation & Advocacy

Chairs: Jeanette Hanna, BASF & Laurie Hansen Sheets, NatureWorks

Charter: A forum for discussing and collaborating on pending legislation that impacts compostable products and packaging, as well as the growth of the composting industry.  Identify projects and resources needed to better advocate for compostables withing zero waste systems.  

Possible Projects:

  • Discuss legislative threats/opportunities, identify actions BPI and its Members can take (e.g., labeling/identification bills, PFAS bans, foodservice product bans/restrictions, funding for composting infrastructure/incentives for compost use, etc.)
  • Coordinate field testing (e.g., with the CCREF open source database). 


     Membership      

Chair: Vineet Dalal, NTIC

Charter: To build the membership and resources to support the agenda established by BPI's mission statement. Specifically, to build value within the organization that connects with the interests of current and future member companies, and to identify effective methods for communicating the value of the BPI. 

Possible Projects:

  • Current member analysis; Identify segments
  • Membership survey to understand what is valued/not valued
  • Develop benefits statement and reasons to be a member
  • Identify and target undeserved segments with solicitations to join BPI




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