Sustainability

The Queensland government is preparing to ban single-use plastics across the state following the success of its ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags, which saw 900 million bags saved in the first year.

The PREP tool used for the Australian Recycling Label (ARL) will be adopted for Singapore’s Label for Recycling (L4R).

A meeting on Friday between state and federal environment ministers to discuss Australia’s recycling and waste crisis has been disappointingly inconclusive, writes Trevor Thornton of Deakin University.

Beverage giant Lion has created a recycled bar at the Melbourne Cup Carnival to launch its Quincy sparkling alcoholic seltzer.

The Better Packaging Co. has launched its new #BeBetter campaign, which aims to pressure brands to switch to sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging.

Australia’s environment ministers will meet in Adelaide tomorrow to discuss the challenges of increasing the country’s plastic recycling rate amid Asian bans on waste imports.

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has launched its Food Services Packaging Sustainability Guidelines, which it says will help Australian food service businesses achieve the best sustainability outcomes for packaging.

Victoria’s plastic bag ban comes into force tomorrow, with thousands of retailers already having made the switch ahead of the deadline.

Iced tea franchise Chatime will eliminate single-use plastic from all 125 of its national locations by next year. Dubbed “Project Happy Turtle”, the scheme will see Chatime move from plastic to paper straws; introduce compostable cups and lids from BioPak; and sell reusable cups across the entire chain.

Sustainability has become a topic that no one can or should ignore. But this is not a new issue. From a packaging perspective, there has long been a drive to design and introduce materials and structures that are kinder to our planet, writes Stephen Marshman, business development director, SGK.

Tetra Pak has won the Product Footprinting Award at the Carbon Trust’s annual Corporate Sustainability Summit, in recognition of its role in reducing the carbon impact of its customers’ packaging.

Coca-Cola Amatil’s carbonated soft drink bottle made from 100 per cent recycled plastic has earned the company a finalist position in the 2019 Waste Management and Resource Recovery Awards.

KHS has unveiled what it says is the world’s first recyclable juice bottle made of 100 per cent recycled PET.

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has hosted Australia’s first single use plastic workshop in Adelaide, with more than 70 participants in attendance.

Unilever has set itself ambitious new environmental targets; the global consumer goods company says that by 2025 it will eliminate 100,000 tonnes of plastic packaging, and will collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells.