The Sustainable Packaging Alliance is hosting round tables in Sydney and Melbourne during August, which will focus on sustainable packaging design and business strategy for companies in in the packaging supply chain.
The events are being driven by policy requirements in Australia, including the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC).
More importantly, it will provide companies with an opportunity to differentiate their products in the market by meeting consumer expectations for more sustainable packaging.
Design for sustainability requires information about the social and environmental impacts of a product or package so that these can be minimised, wherever possible, in the product development process.
Organisers says the round table will provide attendees with information on some of the tools that are available to help meet their obligations under the APC and to achieve other business goals. they will have the opportunity to work with one or more of these tools in interactive workshop sessions.
Participants will receive a resource kit including with a list of useful tools and websites; a simplified SPG worksheet and information on PIQET, Sustainability Victoria’s life cycle thinking tool, PACIA’s Quickstarts on life cycle thinking and packaging, and accessibility assessments by Arthritis Australia.
The SPA Roundtables align directly with the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) Future of Packaging White Paper which is aimed at driving more strategic and tangible action on packaging sustainability.
The paper is available at www.afgc.org.au
The White Paper identifies actions that will be taken by AFGC members and associated stakeholders to go ‘beyond compliance’ with the APC and to address broader waste and sustainability impacts and opportunities related to increasing sustainable packaging.