Fifth AIP Virtual Training Course: How to Implement the New Sustainable Packaging Guidelines

Bookings are now open for the fifth Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) virtual training course ‘How to implement the New Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPG’s) into your business’ which will be held on 1 September 2020. This training course has been developed in collaboration with APCO and all participants will attain 12.5 Certified Professional Development points towards the Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) Designation.

The course trainer will be Ralph Moyle FAIP, CPP, Education Director, Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and is open to anyone to attend from anywhere in the world.

Overview of the course:
The ‘Implementing the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines Within Your Business’ Training course will enable companies to deep-dive into how to implement Sustainable Packaging Design into your existing and new packaging development processes to ensure that the business is reducing the environmental footprint of all packaging where possible, and at the same time meeting the 2025 National Packaging Targets. The Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPGs) have been established to assist the design and manufacture of packaging that meets the sometimes conflicting demands of the market, consumer protection and the environment. Sustainable Packaging ultimately ensures that the design provides the lowest possible environmental impact compared to existing or conventional packaging. Sometimes achieving the lowest possible environmental impact can be challenging, particularly when balancing various environmental criteria with other functional and commercial considerations.

Course objectives:
The training course will work through the 10 Sustainable Packaging Principles that have been developed with the highest priority principles being those that support the achievement of the four targets, i.e. design for recovery, design for efficiency, using recycled materials and design to minimise litter. During the course the 9 Packaging Smart Material Guides will be discussed which have been developed to work in collaboration with the SPG’s. Attendees will be asked to select in advance which materials are their design priorities or challenges so that the course is tailored to all attendees.

Through homework exercises and interactive components of the course attendees will learn to successfully integrate these principles within their business through design and procurement practices to achieve the optimal outcomes for packaging functionality, and to collectively work to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

From attending this course attendees will learn:

  • The steps to implement SPG’s in your business
  • Review the 10 guiding principles
  • Understand how the SPG’s link work with the 2025 National Packaging Targets
  • Review Existing Packaging
  • How to apply and implement the Sustainable Packaging Principles that underpin design
  • Understand how to use the SPG’s in conjunction with PREP to make the best selection for your products and packaging.
  • Be able to compare and understand different packaging materials
  • Track and Report Progress
  • Data collection and storage reviews
  • Mapping Document
  • How to develop a SPG Checklist


This course is ideally suited to packaging technologists, industrial designers, marketers, agencies, graphic designers, sustainability and environmental managers, procurement and anyone that is responsible for the 2025 National Packaging Targets, Sustainability Strategies and Plans, APCO reporting, PREP and Australasian Recycling Label programs within the business.

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