Sustainability

Never before have so many spoken so much (and had so many misguided opinions) about packaging. And indeed, never before have we needed to develop this dialogue as much as we do now, writes PKN Publisher Lindy Hughson.

Stora Enso has introduced a new renewable paperboard for both hot and cold drinking cups, as well as ice cream.

The circular economy is rapidly moving from being the preserve of green activists and investors out into the mainstream - but packaging print needs to jump aboard, writes Laurel Brunner.

The bioplastics industry has hit back at what it describes as “misleading” headlines around a study of biodegradable and compostable plastic bags.

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) continues its push to improve manufacturing sustainability after announcing it was on track to source 60 per cent of its energy from low-carbon and renewables by next year.

Qantas has flown the world’s first commercial flight to send zero waste to landfill.

Amcor has launched the first packaging product made from its recyclable high-barrier polyolefin film.

Etihad has become the first airline in the world to fly an ultra-long-haul flight completely free of single-use plastics.

The Sustainable Packaging Design Award is a special category in the PIDAs and this year had the highest number of submissions, with winners awarded in two categories.

In the lead-up to the federal election on 18 May, environmental lobby group Boomerang Alliance has called on all political parties to support policies that will save recycling and phase-out single-use plastic takeaway products.

The world's biggest plastics show, K 2019, will present a variety of proposals and solutions relating to the circular economy, as it recognises that plastic is under fire and gaining an increasingly negative perception.

The Australian Food Cold Chain Council (AFCCC) is partnering with the Australian Institute of Packaging to tackle the problem of food loss.

Nestlé has partnered with waste management giant Veolia to improve waste collection, sorting, and recycling of plastic to divert waste from the environment and landfill.

Visy has opened a new office in Essendon Fields, Victoria, with carpet tiles containing more than 50,000 recycled plastic bottles.

Labor has pledged to spend $290 million on cutting waste and fighting pollution if elected in May, as well as banning single-use plastic bags and microbeads – but the Boomerang Alliance argues that the party should go further.