Sustainability

Schneider Electric has reached a new record by being listed for the 11th year in a row on the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, reflecting the company’s repeated progress and achievements in the space.

Nine single-use plastic items have been phased out in WA as of 1 January, with plastic bowls, cups, plates, cutlery, stirrers, straws, food containers, thick plastic bags and helium balloons banned in the state.

Tasmanian-based Cadbury Australia is trialling a recycled soft plastic packaging breakthrough to wrap 50 million family-sized chocolate blocks.

In the four years since its establishment, container deposit scheme Return and Earn has seen 650 billion containers returned for recycling through its network of collection points in NSW.

As the packaging industry works towards aligning to the circular economy, PKN takes a closer look at how Planet Ark is helping.

Suntory Group has produced a prototype PET bottle made from 100% plant-based materials for its Orangina and Suntory Tennensui bottled mineral water brands in Europe and Japan.

A new circular economy metrics platform launched by NSW Circular will help councils, precincts, industry and communities track their transition to zero waste.

A new SAI Global report has revealed that sustainability will be a major focus of Australia’s post-pandemic recovery, and all businesses will be looking to their suppliers to reduce their environmental footprint.

Cling-wrap brand Glad has partnered with Oceanworks, to create Australia’s first recycled bin liner made with plastics that they say would likely have ended up in the ocean.

Stora Enso has improved the recycling qualities of its new fibre-based Trayforma tray material range, which now contains less than 10 per cent plastic.

APCO and Planet Ark have released a new guide to provide a consistent framework for industry, brands and marketing professionals to better communicate sustainability to its consumers.

Licella, supported by Amcor, Coles, iQ Renew, LyondellBasell and Nestle, has released a report showing the feasibility of establishing a local circular economy for flexible plastic in Australia.

Key findings from a new Amcor survey of 12,000 consumers across six countries shows that 76% would like to recycle more, and want more and easier recycling options.

Victorian startup Great Wrap, which manufactures home-compostable products, including cling wrap made from food waste, has been recognised at the 2021 FoodBytes! Pitch competition.

The NSW government has passed its Plastics and Circular Economy Act 2021, meaning single-use plastics will be phased out from June 2022 in the state.

Nextek founder and acclaimed innovator behind NextLooPP, Prof Ed Kosior gave his views on the future of plastics at SPE's Plastics and the Circular Economy virtual conference held this week.