28th September 2021 Packaging
Packaging specialist Pakworld has had a bump in business as food firms look for local alternatives to importing materials because of Covid-19 disruption to global supply chains.
New Zealand is missing out on economic gains because it has been too slow to transition to a low carbon circular economy, according to a new report from the Sustainable Business Network.
Kiwi company saveBOARD has secured a A$1.74m grant from the Australian and New South Wales governments to set-up a A$5m facility that will turn packaging waste such as used beverage cartons and coffee cups into building materials.
Regulated product stewardship of plastic packaging, exploring compostable packaging options, and a potential container return scheme are part of the government’s new national plastics plan.
The Commerce Commission has warned paper packaging company Glopac New Zealand for making misleading claims about the ability to recycle its hot drink cups.
The company had to airfreight its new paper-recyclable bags to New Zealand after online lockdown sales skyrocketed.
Australasian brewer Lion is to reduce the two largest sources of plastic in its packaging – plastic shrink-wrap and plastic labels on beer bottles in Australia.
The transition starts with Nature’s Fresh loaves one day a week, but is soon to be followed by Molenberg, Vogel’s and Freya’s.
Wellington City Council’s recycling facility now has an optical sorter, capable of diverting over seven million meat and other clear plastic trays from the region’s landfills and overseas processors each year.
The Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust has partnered with packaging giant Tetra Pak to create a trial collection point for a recycling initiative.
Hawke’s Bay residents will be able to recycle their soft plastic packaging for the first time in Hastings, Napier and Waipukurau. The Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme will be MORE »
The Packaging Forum has welcomed the government’s move to phase-out difficult-to-recycle and some single-use plastics, but called for care when choosing alternatives.
The association welcomes government’s moves to phase out problem plastics and some single-use plastics within four years, but warns that a smooth transition by some food producers could be hindered by global freight issues.
The packaging and produce sectors were blindsided by government’s 2023 plastic fruit stickers deadline, warn on costs, complexity.
The government is banning difficult to recycle food and drink packaging and a raft of single-use plastics by 2025.
Leading packaging company JFS says government indecision and social pressures have driven food companies into a “holding pattern”.
A New Zealand packaging industry group has moved to galvanise action on compostable packaging by launching consultation on what it calls one of the sector’s most pressing issues.
A collection of businesses, NGOs and governments from across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands have joined together to back an ambitious range of targets to eliminate plastic waste from supply chains by 2025.
Pepsico says it will be the first large food FMCG business to move to 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging across its entire snacks range in Australasia.
New carbon-negative sugarcane-based packaging gives food manufacturers an alternative to plastic.
The KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic.
The US-based multinational manufacturer enters a partnership to develop biodegradable packing.