Packaging company wins gold at Banksia awards

Banksia awards

An organisation on a mission to eliminate polystyrene plastic from the world’s supply chains has won gold at Australia’s longest-running sustainability awards.

Planet Protector Packaging, which is developing sustainable packaging alternatives that do not harm the planet, took out the highest Banksia accolade, at the 33rd annual Banksia National Sustainability Awards.

Planet Protector Packaging received both the Agriculture and Regional Development Award, and the Gold Banksia Award, for its unique product WOOLPACK. WOOLPACK is already being used for temperature-sensitive foods, seafood, wine and pharmaceuticals. The product is successfully removing polystyrene products from the market, while also diverting wool waste from landfill.

Ecologiq, a company that rethinks waste to build purposely greener transport infrastructure for Victoria, won the Circular Transition Award.

Other award winners include a company that has developed a revolutionary enzyme-based technology that can infinitely recycle plastic waste and a marine research institute which is creating living seawalls using 3D printing technology to revive marine life.

There are 15 categories in the awards. The winners were announced at a gala event attended by more than 350 guests, finalists and winners at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre.

Guest speaker, Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley shared her insights into the opportunities for sustainable development in Australia.

Established more than 30 years ago, the Banksia National Sustainability Awards recognise individuals, communities, businesses and government for innovation and excellence in environmental and social stewardship.

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