• Pact has been recognised for its whole-of-life solution in response to the local government's decision to roll out new wheelie bins.
    Pact has been recognised for its whole-of-life solution in response to the local government's decision to roll out new wheelie bins.
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Pact Group has announced new paint packaging solutions that allow consumers to use more of the paint they purchase and reduce the environmental impact associated with residual paint.

As part of a new licensing agreement with LiquiGlide Inc, which specialises in permanently wet, liquid- impregnated surface technology, the manufacturer plans to partner with the coatings company to offer sustainable packaging solutions that add value to customers and end users.

LiquiGlide’s coatings are created by combining a textured solid with a liquid, resulting in a permanently wet slippery surface that enables viscous liquids to slide easily. As a result, consumers get more product out of the container, skin formation and flaking are hindered, and waste is reduced.

Packaging problems related to viscous liquids are also common among consumer packaged goods manufacturers, and LiquiGlide works to help companies eliminate waste and create better consumer experiences.

In other news for the manufacturer, Pact Group has been featured on BRW’s Australia’s Most Innovative Companies list of 2015 for the third time in three years. The list applies findings from psychology, management science and cognitive science to identify organisations which are growing through innovation.

This year, Pact was recognised for its whole-of-life solution in response to the local government's decision to roll out new wheelie bins. Almost 2000 tonnes (or 186,000 plastic bins) were potentially ending up as landfill, but Pact developed a system that involved buying back damaged or unserviceable wheelie bins from local councils, recycling them, and using the recycled resin in the manufacture of new bins. Pact established relationships with over 250 local councils who are now actively participating in the program and making sizeable improvements to the sustainability of renewing wheelie bins across Australia. Over the last year, Pact has diverted over 1675 tonnes of plastic from landfill and converted these into over 585,000 new bins.

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