Anne Johnson

Principal and Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS)

Anne Johnson is a principal and vice president at RRS and co-leads the Global Corporate Sustainability service sector. She has more than 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience working with global consumer product brands and manufacturers on sustainable product and packaging design and recovery, as well as corporate sustainability strategy and goal setting. She also works on international solid waste and recycling issues, particularly in Europe and South America. Anne was key in developing RRS TruCycle, an assessment that analyzes product packaging recyclability or compostability. Her previous positions as director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, consultant at McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, and subcontractor for the US EPA have added to her expertise in life cycle thinking, packaging and waste management systems, and sustainable materials management. Anne is currently on the board of directors for Keep America Beautiful.

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Some exciting news coming out of the sustainability movement these days is that leading organizations are increasingly using their talent and purchasing power to help steward the health of “the commons”: shared resources that belong to no one but which we all depend on, such as clean water and air, fisheries, local workforces, and well-functioning markets. Organizations … read more >>


“Buying recycled” was the beginning of many sustainable purchasing programs and such provisions are baked in to many sustainable purchasing policies and specifications. Recycling has grown over the past 40 years into a large and global activity. However, recycling systems have been recently severely disrupted by China’ stopping accepting imports of used plastics and paper … read more >>

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