Australian companies at the forefront of sustainable packaging design and innovation were celebrated at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organization’s (APCO) annual awards night on Thursday 10 November.
Over 180 guests from the packaging and recycling industry gathered to celebrate the work of the 28 award-winning organizations over the past 12 months. The awards were presented to organizations representing a wide range of sectors, including agriculture and nurseries, electronics, healthcare, science and manufacturing.
APCO Awards recognize companies that have gone above and beyond to implement best practices in sustainable packaging design, demonstrate industry leadership and commit to development education sustainable.
Finalists and winners were selected based on their performance in sustainable packaging design, recycling initiatives and product stewardship programs to develop sustainable supply chains.
Arnott’s Group won the top prize, the Sustainable Packaging Excellence Award, for establishing a sustainable packaging strategy integrating initiatives across the packaging value chain, from design, production and use of packaging until disposal, recovery and use of recycled materials. The Arnott’s Group has succeeded in reducing the weight of its packaging, integrating recycled content and has begun the transition of its flexible plastic packaging from multi-layer films to a 100% recyclable single-layer film.
Other winners include Sarah Baylis, Head of Packaging Innovation, Fonterra Brands, who won the Sustainability Champion award.. Sarah won the Outstanding Individual Award of the Evening in recognition of leading the New Zealand ARL implementation program for the NZFGC with APCO.
This year’s event also included several new awards dedicated to small businesses championing sustainable packaging – with winners including JC & AT Searle, Australian Garlic Producers, COMSOL and Glow Consumer Products.
Chris Foley, CEO of APCO, said, “Each of the winners and finalists has demonstrated excellence and an incredible commitment to innovation, design and leadership in sustainable packaging. It is encouraging to see the progress being made by Australian industry, with more and more companies choosing to lead and champion change on this issue.
For a full list of winners visit: www.apco.org.au
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