Sustainability Team Shares Inspiring Stories and Highlights From 2014 Cradle to Cradle Product Symposium & Innovation Celebration

New York, November 14, 2014 | Be Green Packaging sent several members of our Sustainability Team to New York City to celebrate alongside the suite of companies with Cradle to Cradle Certified™products at the 2014 Innovation Celebration & Product Symposium. Be Green feels proud to have sponsored the momentous Innovation Celebration event for the second year in a row. Our pursuit of the C2C Certification and participation in the Innovation Celebration events this weekend underscore’s our commitment to continuous improvement in product design, and support of a world of products that have a positive impact on people and planet.

Cradle to Cradle Innovation Celebration, Gotham Hall, New York City

Cradle to Cradle Innovation Celebration, Gotham Hall, New York City

Product Symposium & Marketing Association Meeting | Thursday’s events and activities marked the first-ever Cradle to Cradle Product Symposium, a full day dedicated to leaders in Cradle to Cradle product design, innovation, and certification. This year’s theme, “Learn, Share, Collaborate, Celebrate,” focused on Cradle to Cradle product innovation. The Be Green Team engaged directly with like-minded leaders: “We shared our commitment to best practices and discussed the importance of communicating the business benefits of the C2C Certified mark with the entire community of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ companies,” elated Robert Richman, Co-CEO of Be Green Packaging, who attended this weekend’s events. Tom Huntington VP of Sales also participated. The Symposium was held at Steelcase’s WorkLife Center in New York City.

Staff Members, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute 

Staff Members, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute 

On Friday the Be Green Team attended an exclusive Marketing Association Meeting, the invitation of which was extended only to companies with C2C Certified products. Our BGP Sustainability Team connected and collaborated with like-minded leaders in product innovation, and enjoyed a lively discussion on best practices, shared learning, and the importance of marketing and communicating the meaning and business benefits of the C2C Certified mark. “The Cradle to Cradle Certification Program is such a central part of our sustainability story here at Be Green Packaging, and this weekend gave us the opportunity to share our story with like-minded leaders. We’re committed to taking steps toward a sustainable, closed-loop circular economy, and our involvement in the Cradle to Cradle community helps accelerate our leadership in sustainability,” says Ron Blitzer, Co-Founder of Be Green Packaging.

Steelcase WorkLife Center, New York

Steelcase WorkLife Center, New York

Whole Foods Sponsors Innovation Celebration Awards Dinner | This year’s Innovation Celebration Award’s Dinner was held in one of Manhattan’s most exquisite locales, The Grand Ballroom at Gotham Hall. Whole Foods Market, one of many stand-out sponsors of this year’s Innovation Celebration, prepared an incredibly delicious and divine three course vegan dinner for guests dinner featuring fresh, locally sourced and organically grown ingredients. We want to recognize Whole Foods Market as an industry leader, for their commitments to doing sustainable business, community giving, and supporting eco-social causes.  Learn More about Whole Foods Market’s Commitment to Community Giving at: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/caring-communities/community-giving

Gotham Hall, New York City

Gotham Hall, New York City

Cory and Eva, Members of Be Green Sustainability Team

Cory and Eva, Members of Be Green Sustainability Team

Robert Richman, Co-Founder of Be Green Packaging, with Members of Be Green Sustainability Team

Robert Richman, Co-Founder of Be Green Packaging, with Members of Be Green Sustainability Team

Fashion Positive Program | Cradle to Cradle’s Fashion Positive initiative was among the major highlights of the weekend’s events. The Fashion Positive program is aimed at accelerating innovation in high-quality materials, products and processes to improve how clothes are made across the industry. Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world, and there is growing demand among consumers, investors and other fashion stakeholders for sustainable products. “Fashion Positive is Planet Positive,” says Eva Van Wingerden, Eco Social Director of Be Green. “This program is the first of its kind, and it’s going to make a seriously positive impact on the environment, the economy and society by helping fashion brands, designers, and suppliers continuously improve how clothes are made, what resources are used, and where it all goes after use.” Amber Valletta, Model and Eco Fashion Entrepreneur, spoke at the Innovation Celebration as a member of the Fashion Positive Advisory Council. Valletta believes that “what will carry fashion forward is rethinking the way we make clothing and accessories… What we will create now can truly change the future through beauty, innovation and common sense.” Amber Valletta’s remarks at the Innovation Celebration were truly inspirational. Learn more about Cradle to Cradle’s Fashion Positive initiative at: http://www.fashionpositive.org/

Fashion Positive, Cradle to Cradle

Fashion Positive, Cradle to Cradle

Model Amber Valletta, Fashion Positive, Cradle to Cradle Innovation Celebration

Model Amber Valletta, Fashion Positive, Cradle to Cradle Innovation Celebration

The Growing Community of C2C Certified Companies | The growing community of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ includes leaders, change agents, and tastemakers whose certified products represent a breakthrough in design, supply chain and production process to bring new consumer products to market that exhibit Cradle to Cradle principles.The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. A product receives an achievement level in each category — Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum — with the lowest achievement level representing the product’s overall mark. Be Green Packaging was the first food packaging company in the United States to achieve Cradle to Cradle Silver certification for our commitment to prosperity through sustainability.