Jo Howarth, founder of Planet Protector Packaging, has been named a finalist in the Cartier Women’s Initiative, representing the South Asia and Oceania region.

BioGone has created what it says is the "world’s first” landfill-biodegradable dog waste bag. As the single-use plastic shopping bag has all but gone the way of the dodo in Australia, there has been an increase in demand for such bags in Australia.

A new, certified compostable and biodegradable stretch wrap made from plant-based products called Great Wrap was recently launched here in Australia.

Today is Global Recycling Day, a day when cities and organisations the world over take part in initiatives to raise awareness about the many ways to turn waste into a valuable resource.

The NSW government is moving forward with a plan to “tackle the use of plastics”. The plan includes a ban on lightweight plastic bags, making NSW the last state in Australia to ban such plastics.

Applications are open for Sustainability Victoria’s competitive grants programme to encourage organisations in the state to reduce packing waste disposed in landfill. Grants of up to $50,000 are available

Seabin, a system for capturing maritime waste – including plastics – has smashed its fundraising goal of $1m in four days. The goal is now to hit the $3m target before 19 March for full scaling of the company, operations and the technology.

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) will lead the development of the ANZPAC Plastic Pact, which will formally launch late this year. The announcement was made today at the federal government’s National Plastics Summit in Canberra.

At the summit today, Unilever said it is the first major consumer goods company in Australia and New Zealand to source high volumes of locally sourced, post-consumer recycled HDPE plastic for its locally made personal care bottles.

The Boomerang Alliance and the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia called on the federal government to mandate that all plastic packaging will be reusable, compostable, or recyclable by 2025 at today’s Plastics Summit in Canberra.

Pact Group will invest more than $500m in existing and new facilities, over the coming five years, in collaboration with government and partners, the company announced at the National Plastics Summit in Canberra.

Nestlé and iQ Renew will collect soft plastics from more than 100,000 homes through kerbside recycling in a trial. Announced at the National Plastics Summit, the trial aims to find a way to collect, sort, and process soft plastics.

Sustainability was the topic du jour at the recent Aerosol & Dispensing Forum in Paris, and Aerobal said tailor-made, closed-loop collection, sorting, and recycling systems are required.

CHEP Australia opened what it calls a “plant of the future” upgrade in Melbourne this week.

Victoria is to implement a container deposit scheme, and Coca-Cola Amatil said it supports "well-run, cost-effective container deposit schemes".