Orora has teamed up with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) to create 1300 Christmas hampers for food relief organisation Foodbank.
The 300 ladies’ hampers and 1000 family hampers were packed in boxes supplied by Orora. “We received a request from Foodbank at the AIP conference in May to do a premium glossy-look Christmas pack for them. It was a simple thing we did up, a gesture to help out in a little way,” said George Ganzenmuller, innovation director at Orora.
Ganzenmuller told PKN the boxes were white waterproof SureFresh packs typically used for premium chilled products like seafood. “It was a premium glossy pack printed with water-based inks,” he said.
“The pack was an extension of Project Shine, where we’re learning how to print with high-solid water-based inks on a waterproof substrate using traditional flexographic printing processes for corrugated packaging.”
Nerida Kelton, executive director of the AIP, thanked everyone who volunteered to pack the hampers. “More than 200 people, some as young as two volunteered from as far as South Australia to be a part of the AIP's favourite day of the year.
“The AIP is proud that we have played a major role in helping pack hampers to the value of $170,000 this year, and that over the last eight years the team has packed close to 8000 hampers to the value of $900,000 for Foodbank to be able to give to people at Christmas time,” she said.
Kelton is welcoming feedback from companies around Australia on how to improve the program for 2019.
“While the packing day is held in Queensland, we encourage everyone across Australia and NZ to get behind this program, either by collecting items with your staff during the year, fundraising, donating much-needed items for the hampers, or just volunteering on the day,” she said.
The AIP acknowledges long-terms partners Kimberly Clark, Colgate, Ego Pharmaceuticals and OfficeMax who donated goods for both hampers. New partners Unilever and Wins Up Australia donated personal hygiene products for the ladies hampers. SMC Australia|New Zealand, Fromm Packaging, Fibre King, AGITO and APPMA donated towards the purchase of items for the family packs.