ABOUT THE NEXTGEN CONSORTIUM
The NextGen Consortium is rooted in efforts to rethink foodservice packaging. The Consortium’s first initiative, NextGen Cup, was launched to advance recoverable solutions for the fiber, hot and cold, to-go cup system––a critical step to unlock wider innovations and overcome the global infrastructural challenges of single-use packaging.Show more
Through our NextGen Cup Challenge, a global design competition, and our NextGen Circular Business Accelerator, we identified innovative, alternative cup solutions to bring to scale, finding opportunities for reuse models that prolong a material’s lifespan, while simultaneously working to align new solutions with the broader cup recovery infrastructure. It’s critical that we know exactly what happens to cups at end-of-use so that we can better understand how to keep their valuable materials in circulation and out of landfills.
The Path Forward
Moving forward, the NextGen Consortium is expanding its impact beyond the to-go cup, now advancing the design, commercialization and recovery of a variety of foodservice packaging types, and the systems that support circularity.Show more
The Consortium draws upon the experience and expertise of brands, municipalities, material recovery facilities and manufactures to scale its impact. Beyond reimagining the life cycle of the fiber in to-go cups, the Consortium addresses the issues of packaging waste on multiple fronts: exploring a variety of packaging innovations, testing reuse & refill models to reduce the overall use of packaging materials, and strengthening the materials recovery & recycling systems to support this transition.
Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy manages the Consortium. Founding Partners Starbucks and McDonald’s lead the unprecedented pre-competitive collaboration amongst consumer brands committed to advancing foodservice packaging solutions, including the hot and cold fiber cup. The Coca-Cola Company is a Sector Lead Partner. JDE Peet’s, Wendy’s and Yum! Brands are Supporting Partners. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the Environmental Advisory Partner.
“The idea of environmental sustainability in packaging is not just a Starbucks issue. It’s a global issue. Anything that gets us closer to that goal is not something we want to keep to ourselves.”
Andy Corlett, Global Director, Global Packaging Solutions, Innovation & Sustainability, Starbucks
“McDonald’s is committed to using our scale for good. We are excited to join Starbucks and Closed Loop to help solve this pressing challenge, as collaboration is key to finding a scalable, lasting global solution.”
Marion Gross, Chief Supply Chain Officer, North America, McDonald’s
Our Value Chain Partners
Partnerships with suppliers, recyclers and composters help to ensure new cup solutions get successfully recovered at their highest value.
Kate Daly leads the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners, an innovation center for research, analysis and collaboration to accelerate the transition to a circular economy in which materials are shared, re-used and continuously cycled.
Bridget Croke leads external affairs including investor partnerships, industry partnerships, communications and special projects at Closed Loop Partners.
Daniel is a Senior Project Director at the Center for the Circular Economy where he manages the NextGen Consortium, a multi-year partnership of food-service industry leaders, founded by Starbucks and McDonald’s, to address single-use food packaging waste globally by advancing the design, commercialization, and recovery of food packaging alternatives.
Carol is a Senior Director at our Center for the Circular Economy. Prior to joining Closed Loop Partners, Carolina helped found and scale Loop by TerraCycle, a first-of-its-kind global platform for reuse.
Georgia works across platforms at Closed Loop Partners on strategic initiatives and partnerships, helping to connect the dots and facilitate the growth of the circular economy.
As the Project Innovation Director at the Center for the Circular Economy, Anh leads innovation pilots and consumer behavior labs across the NextGen Consortium and the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag. Her work spans the entire value chain to tackle infrastructure challenges to support the transition to a circular economy.
Madeleine is a Program Manager at Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy, where she supports the NextGen Consortium, a multi-year partnership of foodservice industry leaders, with Founding Partners Starbucks and McDonald’s, to address single-use foodservice packaging waste globally by advancing the design, commercialization, and recovery of food packaging alternatives.
Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni
Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni, the President of KoolEarth Solutions Inc., is currently supporting the NextGen Consortium as a technical advisor. He has over two decades of industry experience in the area of sustainable packaging, including paper and bioplastics-based packaging.