The Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative (ADFPI) was founded by Jack Cooper in November 2017; Jack serves as Executive Director of the Initiative. ADFPI is incorporated in Maryland. An application for federal 501(c)(3) status has been filed and received; approval is expected in early 2019.


Our vision is that animal digestible food packaging (ADFP) will be developed and widely used, along with compostable and recyclable packaging. By using ADFP, food waste and accompanying packaging could be diverted from landfills and become a resource by being manufactured into animal feed.


Our mission is to advance the national and international conversation about ADFP by bringing together key stakeholders. Stakeholders include representatives of grocers, restaurants, food manufacturers, food packaging manufacturers, renderers, animal feed manufacturers, trade associations, academics, non-profits, and government agencies.

Specifically, we aim to encourage the establishment of a public-private partnership for ADFP. Once the partnership is established, the next step would be for participants to seek funding for the partnership.

The partnership would research new food packaging materials that are digestible by animals. Once such materials are developed, partnership members would promote their widespread adoption throughout the food industry.