PKN talks... paper-based packaging: The story behind Woolworths locally made paper recyclable shopping bags, with Tom Lunn of Detpak.
In this episode, Lindy Hughson, managing editor & publisher of PKN Packaging News and Tom Lunn, Detpak's GM of Marketing and Innovation, and head of Sustainability, discuss Woolworths' recyclable paper bags and Detpak's efforts to make them possible.
The episode starts with a discussion on the inspiration for this initiative and Woolworths' objectives for switching from single-use plastic to fibre-based bags. The material development and the requirements the bags must meet are reviewed along with the newly developed machinery used to produce them in Australia.
Lunn confirms that the fibre material for the bags is, itself, recycled from corrugated shipper packaging received by Woolworths, further improving the benefits through a reduction in waste and environmental impact. The discussion then moves on to the lessons learned from an initial trial in South Australia and how they are being applied to the national roll-out schedule.
We then move on to reviewing the larger market trends on recycling and fibre packaging, the impacts of Covid on the project and Detpak’s top trends in packaging. The episode wraps up with Lunn's views on the packaging industry moving towards the circular economy and the important issues that must be addressed to achieve this goal.
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MC: Grant McHerron
Host: Lindy Hughson
Producer: Steve Visscher
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