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ISTA's Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) Guide








The Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) Guide is now available. The RPbD Guide is a step-by-step process management standard for the design, testing and qualification of responsible packaging that meets industry, consumer and regulatory expectations. It has been developed by industry leaders and vetted by companies, NGO’s and government experts.

“Until now, there has not been one unified standard that would ensure that everyone is on the same page, meeting all of the applicable industry and package functional requirements while taking into consideration all the new sustainability initiatives that have been introduced in the past decade.”
Larry Dull, Chair, ISTA Vice President, Sustainable Solutions

The process provides a framework and guidance to evaluate two or more different packages to:
• provide appropriate packaging for protecting the product and perform all the other functions of a packaging system
• minimize product waste through the prevention of damage or spoilage
• optimize use of materials, energy, water in production, distribution and use
• maximize recovery of materials and energy from used packaging

The protocol provides a procedure for analyzing packaging systems—from broad to narrow—and is data-driven. Eight steps guide the packager in a Stage-Gate Process, with each stage accompanied by a template to help users gather data.

ISTA offers a Responsible Packaging by Design Training Program with a Professional Certificate of Training for people who are interested in learning how to implement the process in their company. Whether seeking to test the waters, training to implement the program, or obtain a professional certificate, the RPbD training program can help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to build your company’s reputation as an environmentally and socially conscious corporate citizen – and drive profitability. A full day in-person session followed by a half day web meeting is available. Contact ISTA Headquarters for available dates or to request that a Training Program be held at your company.

How to Get the RPbD Guide
ISTA Business Primary Members:
The RPbD Guide is available as a member benefit at no additional cost under a licensing agreement to ISTA members classified as a Business Primary Location. Individuals and university members are not eligible for this benefit. If you are unclear of your ISTA membership classification you may view your profile by logging into the Member Center. Login, then choose VIEW and EDIT USER PROFILE. Your Category must say Business and your Type must say Primary Location.

The DELEGATE of the BUSINESS PRIMARY LOCATION may download the RPbD Guide at no cost. Here’s how:
- Login to the ISTA Member Center
- Visit the ISTA E-Market
- Choose “Place An Order”
- Scroll down the page and add the RPbD Guide to your cart
- Proceed with the checkout process by choosing REQUEST CONTACT as payment
- Complete the checkout process
- ISTA will verify your information, process the order and send you a link to your digital download
- You must agree to the licensing agreement before your download is available

To Purchase the RPbD Guide:
The RPbD Guide is available to non-members for an annual license fee of $750. Simply visit the ISTA E-Market, choose “Place an order”, select INDIVIDUAL TEST PROCEDUES/PROJECTS/STANDARDS, scroll down the page and choose the RPbD Guide to add to your cart. Complete the Checkout process with your payment and contact information. ISTA will process your order and send you a link to your digital download. You must agree to the licensing agreement before your download is available.