Thanks to those who are actively engaging in ensuring we can move to a New Plastics Economy by 2025. Collaboration across the packaging sectors is essential for this to happen.
There is no one silver bullet and it’s essential we engage in cross-sector co-ordinated collaboration if NZ is going to meet 2025 packaging commitments.
Key learnings for business on reducing problematic packaging starts:
– Starting with design, we must simplify. Reduce the complexity of plastics and fit with the most efficient collection/ recovery/ reuse systems.
– Be cautious! It can be tricky finding materials which are functionally suited to a product and have good end of life solutions.
– Be willing to trial new materials and systems.
– There are new materials coming. Exciting technologies/ materials are on the horizon and innovation needs to be supported (tested) by business to enable scale through NZ.
– Compostable materials still have many challenges – there are currently few scenarios where they are truly in closed loop systems.
– Biomaterials (not made from fossil fuels) have tremendous potential for Aotearoa. There are exciting drop-in solutions which uses renewable feedstocks to create recyclable plastics that fit within our current recycling system.
– Support legislation! We must support government investment into public education & infrastructure and critical legislation around product stewardship and take back schemes.
Our final masterclass – Eliminate – Designing out problematic packaging and move towards reuse and other models – is coming up on 20 November. If your organisation would like to be involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, tickets are limited!