Digging Deep on Mass Balance for Chemical Recycling

By: Laura Thompson

July 28, 2022

Experts from GreenBlue’s RMS program team will unravel the mystery of the mass balance method for chemically recycled plastics. We’ll cover the basics of the accounting practice along with some of the differences between the RMS and other standards. Are you confused by terms like “free allocation” or “physical connectivity”? What about processes that create fuel along with recycled materials? We’ve got you covered! And we’ll also explain concepts such as “credit expiration” and allowing for “negative balances” (or not!). And because we know it’s top of mind for many stakeholders, we’ll clarify the important distinction of a recycled content claim vs a mass balance claim that might appear on-pack. Participants will be able to ask questions via chat and will also receive access to slides and other educational materials.

Presenter: Laura Thompson
Project Lead, Recycled Material Standard (RMS), GreenBlue

Since 1995, Laura has worked primarily in the pulp and paper industry in a wide variety of positions – from R&D to product development – including 12 years as Director of Sustainability for Sappi North America. In her role, Laura was Sappi’s point person for several industry wide collaborative organizations including The Recycling Partnership and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. As a result of her volunteer spirit and her accomplishments in various STEM roles, Laura was named as the 2018 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Maine. Laura’s educational background includes a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MS and PhD in paper science from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.  Laura will be using her technical skills and collaborative nature to lead the development of GreenBlue’s Recycled Material Standard. 

Presenter: Kim Holmes
Owner & Principal Consultant @4R Sustainability

Kim Holmes is the owner and principal consultant of 4R Sustainability, a consulting firm dedicated to working with industry to advance recycling and sustainability goals.  Kim works with clients to demonstrate innovative recovery solutions, develop sustainable communications and business development strategies, and serves as a technical expert.  In her free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking and biking with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.