The goal of the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) is to be the recognized cross-sectional North American industry and trade organization that advocates and educates on environmental packaging issues related to legislation and regulation.
AMERIPEN represents the North American market, furthering the best use of the role, benefits and functions of packaging in society, such as protection of products and the environment and supplying information to and meeting the needs of consumers and customers. AMERIPEN strives to promote fact- and science-based decision-making in order to advocate for a future where all production, distribution, and consumption are sustainable.
Using sound science, AMERIPEN develops positions on issues related to packaging and the environment for purposes of stakeholder dialogue and governmental interaction. These issues include the environmental impact, marketing, sourcing, manufacture, and distribution of packaging throughout its lifecycle.
AMERIPEN engages and collaborates with existing industry organizations to leverage their expertise in areas of:
- analyzing the environmental and social effects of packaging
- creating a better understanding of the role of packaging
- minimizing the environmental impact of packaging
AMERIPEN carries out its activity through focused committees and projects, and sets direction at its annual meeting, which is attended by voting members of AMERIPEN. Affiliates and other interested parties may serve on committees (as appointed by the Board of Directors), participate in committee meetings, participate in project work and participate in project team meetings.
Relying on sound scientific principles and technical information, committees and project teams may develop recommendations, guidance documents, technical information, business proposals, or other information for consideration by the Board of Directors and the AMERIPEN voting membership. At the direction of the Board of Directors, they may also develop and implement operational projects.
AMERIPEN encourages members of other industry organizations to continue their support of those associations as they provide critical functions of research, study, education, and shaping the packaging discussion.