Kellogg, Nestlé, Coles, BioPak, and Chep were among the headline winners in this year’s Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) Annual Awards.
In all, 22 awards were handed out to businesses in industry sectors spanning retail, electronics, manufacturing, healthcare, food and beverage, and agriculture. The finalists and winners were recognised for their approach to sustainable packaging design, industry leadership and sustainability education.
Kellogg Australia was awarded the main prize, the Sustainable Packaging Excellence Award, for the company’s work to optimise 99 per cent of packaging for material efficiency by converting it to a renewable packaging format. According to the APCO, more than 75 per cent of the company’s packaging is labelled as recyclable through the Australian kerbside or RedCycle system.
Richard Fine, the founder of BioPak, took home the coveted Sustainability Champion Award in recognition of his work championing compostable packaging and driving progress towards both the National Packaging Targets and the National Food Waste Strategy Targets.
Several high-profile FMCG companies won Our Packaging Future (OPF) Awards, which celebrate projects and initiatives designed specifically to help Australia reach the 2025 National Packaging Targets, counted several well-known companies among its winners.
Nestlé Australia was awarded the OPF Award for end-market leadership, for Australia’s first chemically recycled content soft food wrapper, along with the OPF Award for sustainability education (for consumers) for the KitKat “Give the Planet a Break” recycling campaign.
BioPak received an OPF Award for Improved Collection and Recycling Systems for Compost Connect, a food service focused organic recycling initiative and online platform, and Coles was recognised in the OPF Award for sustainability education (for industry) for its packaging data project across the Coles Own Brand supplier base.
Other awardees included Austcor (Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Packaging Outcomes), which has successfully optimised all of its packaging by developing stronger boxes with light-weighted paper, and Chep Australia (Outstanding Achievement in Leadership), for increasing the uptake of the company’s ‘Share and Reuse’ circular packaging solutions. Chep’s program has saved over 120 tonnes of carbon emissions through transportation optimisation, increasing pallet stacks, maximising loads and re-routing its journeys.
A High Performing New Member Award went to Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co.
Brooke Donnelly, the CEO of APCO, said that each and every finalist recognised has demonstrated “strong leadership and innovation” during the past year.
“We’ve witnessed many success stories that highlight the very essence of what Australia needs to achieve the 2025 National Packaging Targets – collaboration.”