Unlocking the Power of Mass Balance for Mechanical Recycling

By: Laura Thompson

May 17, 2022

Are your 2025 sustainability goals looming large? Worried about how you will get to 30% recycled material? GreenBlue’s Recycled Material Standard (RMS) was developed with you in mind. Currently focused on plastics, the standard has many empowering features for certified supply chain members including a mass balance accounting system. While many stakeholders see mass balance as a critical enabler for chemical recycling, the potential for mechanical recyclers has often been overlooked.

In this webinar, we’ll provide an overview of mass balance accounting along with several examples as to how this system can be used by recyclers and converters using mechanically processed materials. 30% target? Easy peasy! Join us and find out how to advance the use of recycled 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.