APCO packaging resources launched


The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has announced two new resources for its members.

Working with governments, businesses and other organisations across the country, the not-for-profit organisation is leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia.

The first report, PFAS in Fibre-Based Packaging, outlines the results of a scientific study identifying the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in fibre-based food packaging, and pilots a methodology for their detection.

PFAS are often added to food packaging as a barrier to heat, grease and water. However, these properties also make them highly resistant to degradation in the environment, making them potential environmental pollutants.

APCO has also published Scaling up Reusable Packaging, a new resource that aims to provide a better understanding of reusable packaging and its many benefits for businesses and consumers.

The document outlines the many social, environmental and economic benefits of reusable packaging models for both business to consumer (B2C) and business to business (B2B) markets.

Drawing on success stories from Australia and around the world, the document also provides detailed case studies showing how businesses have successfully incorporated reusable packaging into their business structures.

Sustainability Manager at APCO, Jayne Paramor said there is an increasing appetite among consumers for sustainable and reusable packaging models, and highlighted the potential for growth in Australia, particularly ahead of the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

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