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  1. Photo of family

  2. Welcome & Agenda • Guest speaker – Hamish Pringle, Westpac Private Bank • Why are we here? • What is smartpackaging? • Common packaging materials • New materials - bioplastics • Questions and discussion • Packaging challenge

  3. What is the problem?

  4. Packaging Waste Statistics • We make 172 kg of packaging waste per person every year in New Zealand* • 100 kg is recycled • 72 kg is thrown out • *Packaging council 2008 mass balance data

  5. Photo of family

  6. Packing it all up

  7. Vote now

  8. Winners of 2011 Awards

  9. Consumer Expectations • 94% of consumers want to choose packaging recycled and reused. (Unpackit Survey 2011) • 86% of consumers are concerned with the amount of packaging they have to deal with.(Unpackit Survey 2011) • 88% of consumers want to buy environmentally or socially responsible products. (Colmar Brunton research in New Zealand, 2010) • But will they pay extra?

  10. What is smart packaging?

  11. Smartpackaging Where packaging is necessary, it needs to be easy to reuse, compost or recycle. Smart packaging doesn't frustrate you or harm our environment. It's smart to use less packaging.

  12. Reduce Reuse Recycle

  13. Reduce – no packaging?

  14. Reduce – fewer materials

  15. Reduce – lightweighting

  16. Reduce ReuseRecycle

  17. Reuse • Industrial reuse – whole system • Retail reuse – refilling • Home Reuse – limited, consumer dependant

  18. Reduce ReuseRecycle

  19. 97%

  20. Maximising Recyclability of Packaging • Closed loop recycling • Minimise contaminants • Choose materials with high recycling rates • Choose materials that are universally accepted for kerbside recycling

  21. Recycling and Collection Rates Paper/Cardboard 73% recycled Accepted by 99% of kerbside collections Glass 68% Steel 68% Aluminium 48% Plastics 24% 1-7 accepted by 72% of kerbside collections

  22. Not widely recycled • Polystyrene • Plastic and aluminium film • Composite packaging (eg TetraPaks) • Disposable Coffee Cups

  23. Where does it go? • In NZ some glass and paper is recycled at O-I and Full Circle plants in Auckland. • Auckland household paper & cardboard goes offshore • Some steel is recycled onshore into fencing wire and reinforcing rods • Most plastics and all aluminium is shipped offshore for recycling

  24. Using Recycled Content & FSC • FSC - forests with the highest social and environmental standards • Helps to create markets for recycling • Glass produced in NZ contains average 48% recycled content • Aluminium and steel – hard to know % of recycled content • Potential issues with food contact packaging

  25. Bioplastics

  26. What are Bioplastics • made from plants and/or biodegrade at the end of their life.

  27. Biodegradable vs Compostable • Biodegradable • Capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms and thereby avoiding pollution • Compostable • Standards • Industrial vs home compost

  28. End of life scenarios • How likely is it to be composted?

  29. Landfill

  30. Degradable Bags

  31. UK Department for Environment Study 2010 “We hope this research will discourage manufacturers and retailers from claiming that these materials are better for the environment than conventional plastics.” UK Environment Minister, Dan Norris

  32. Labelling and Making Green Claims

  33. Labelling • Need to be clear and accurate • Build brand value

  34. Plastics Identification Code

  35. New or uncommon materials • What is it? • Where to put it when you are finished

  36. Green Claims • Obligations under Fair Trading Act 1986 • NZ Commerce Commission – Guidelines for Green Marketing • Claims should be specific and accurate. • You should be able to substantiate any environmental claim. • Terra Choice – The 7 Sins of Green-Washing

  37. Making Smart Choices

  38. Where do you start? • Look at the requirements of your packaging • Set goals • Measure progress

  39. Things to consider • Minimal packaging to do the job • Which materials to use • Sourcing materials • End of life options • Clear and accurate labelling

  40. More information • NZ Packaging Council – voluntary product stewardship scheme • Sustainable Packaging Coalition – US • Smartpackaging.org.nz

  41. Questions?

  42. Packaging Challenge

  43. Need to think about • What does the product require? • What are the possible options that could work? • What are the end of life options for recovery? • Communication/instructions for consumer – how, what, where? • Make a recommendation..explain how it adds value

  44. Where packaging is necessary, it needs to be easy to reuse, compost or recycle. Smart packaging doesn't frustrate you or harm our environment. It's smart to use less packaging.

  45. Photo of family