The 2018 Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) awards took place in Sydney on 29 August, showcasing companies with outstanding achievements in recyclable packaging.
Companies from the telecommunications sector to the food and beverage sector came together on the day to discuss how each could reach the target of 100 per cent of Australian packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
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Two workshops were available on the day, with one exploring a sustainable packaging guidelines review and the other focusing on consumer education and behaviour change.
At the workshopping event, APCO Chief Executive Officer Brooke Donnelly said Australia was undergoing a sustainable packaging review to update the most recent, which took place in 2011.
“What we are trying to achieve is better material choices and better design,” said Ms Donnelly.
“Part of that achievement also included correct disposal of packaging and no packaging in landfill,” she said.
At the awards evening, Detmold Packaging won the top award – Sustainable Packaging Excellence.
Detmold Packaging manufacturers paper and board packaging products for the FMCG and industrial markets.
The company was founded in 1948 and is part of the Detmold Group. It has access to a global network, with seven factories and more than 20 sales offices through Australia, Asia, South Africa, the Middle East, America and Europe.
Food company Campbell Arnotts Australia won the award for Outstanding Achivement in Packaging Design, along with the award for the Food and Beverage sector.
Arnott’s is one of the largest food companies in the Asia Pacific region, with its ongoing growth supported by the Campbell Soup Company’s investment in the business.
Other winners for outstanding achievements were CHEP Australia for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Packaging Operations, and Australian Postal Organisation for Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership.
APCO Award Winners:
ACCO Brands Australia – Homewares Sector
Amgen Australia – Pharmaceutical Sector
Detmold Packaging – Packaging Manufacturer
Redback Boot Company – Clothing, Footwear and Fashion
Kyocera Document Solutions – Electronics Sector
LyondellBasel Australia – Chemicals and Agriculture
Qantas Airways – Airline Sector
SingTel Optus – Telecommunications
Telstra Corporation – Telecomunications
Super Retail Group – Large Retailer Sector
Tasman Sinkware – Machinery and Hardware
Integria Healthcare – Personal Care
CHEP Australia – Logistics Sector