MSU and Coca-Cola Partner on Packaging Innovation and Sustainability Center
Improving the global sustainability of product packaging took a meaningful step forward with a new collaboration proposed by the Coca-Cola Company and Michigan State University. Coca-Cola awarded $400,000 to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to help establish a Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability.
The center, to be housed in the School of Packaging, will serve as a think tank for packaging innovation and sustainability and a research and education hub to measure and reduce packaging’s environmental impact.
“The Coca-Cola Company is honored to collaborate with Michigan State University in its quest to bring corporate, academic and packaging professionals together to foster new ideas in sustainable packaging,” said Ingrid Saunders Jones, senior vice president of global community connections for the Coca-Cola Company.
“Our company has set ambitious environmental goals to not only deliver quality products but to also have minimal impact on the environment. Research and work generated through this collaboration with MSU will assist us in reaching our goals,” she said.
The College of Engineering and the Eli Broad College of Business also will be part of the center. It will provide a platform for both collaborative, nonproprietary research and proprietary work conducted by industry partners, both in partnership with and independent of MSU researchers, to develop innovative packaging solutions that reduce production costs and improve sustainability.
The center will include state-of-the-art technology for bench research and testing of packaging materials and will offer academic, outreach and continuing education programs. It is anticipated eventually to expand its reach internationally through research, development, education and training facilities in Dubai and Shanghai.
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