About RMS

The Recycled Material Standard

GreenBlue developed the RMS as a global standard with support from NSF International and the RMS Advisory Committee.


GreenBlue is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society. GreenBlue is the parent nonprofit of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), How2Recycle, and CleanGredients, among other projects.

NSF International is a leading global provider of public health and safety-based risk management solutions.  As an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, NSF has developed over 80 American National Standards under the scope of public health, safety, environment and sustainability assessment.

NSF served as a strategic partner to GreenBlue in the development of the RMS. In addition to co-developing the standard, NSF facilitated the RMS Advisory Group, pilot testing and the public comment phase. Throughout the process, a consensus driven approach was used to ensure that the RMS was developed based on input from diverse stakeholder groups.

The RMS Team

Ross Bergman

Director, Recycled Material Standard

Elizabeth Ritch

Senior Manager

Kim Holmes

Research Consultant

Advisory Committee

The RMS’s Advisory Committee provides independent perspectives and expertise in support of the RMS Program. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of supply chain members and other interested stakeholders including representatives from manufacturing, sustainability, government and academia. Current members of the committee include:

  • Tiffani Burt of Sealed Air Corporation
  • Edith Cecchini of Ocean Conservancy
  • Jennifer McCracken of HAVI
  • Tom McKay of BASF
  • Matthew Realff of Georgia Tech
  • Daniel Sanders of Printpack
  • Andy Smith of King County, Wash.
  • Emily Williams of TC Transcontinental

Former members include:

  • Kate Davenport of Eureka Recycling
  • Rachel Goldstein of Mars Inc.
  • Mickel Knight of Printpack
  • Jason Pierce of Eastman Chemical Company