Innovative sustainable packaging designs recognised

The 2025 National Packaging Targets enables brands to clearly understand what outcomes they need to achieve to ensure that the packaging put into the market is sustainable and circular by design by the year 2025.

The targets include that the packaging is 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable; 70 per cent of plastic packaging is being recycled or composted; packaging includes 50 per cent of average recycled content and there is a phase out of problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics packaging in Australia.

A number of companies across the food and beverage industries are set to achieve these targets and are evident through the 2020 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards for Australia and New Zealand.

The Sustainable Packaging Design Award is the most coveted category of the awards and the quantity of entries this year was a clear indication that brands are actively engaged in meeting the 2025 targets. The hardest part for the judges was selecting the winners from a high-quality shortlist of finalists.

The Sustainable Packaging Design Award has been designed to recognise companies that have developed innovative packaging or processing solutions that incorporates sustainability considerations. Elements include efficient use of materials, source reduction, energy, recovery and recyclability, sustainable packaging design considerations, packaging changes to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets and benefits to society.

Due to the range of packaging design innovations, which covered everything from milk cartons to e-commerce solutions, the winners were split into two sub-categories – Retail Pack and Product Protection.

2020 Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award – Retail Pack
The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year category – Retail Pack was Coca-Cola Amatil for the 100 per cent recyclable post-consumer recycled rPET bottles.

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has provided key industry leadership and assisted the drive to the circular economy by making and delivering on a commitment to convert all of their single serve PET bottles to 100 per cent post-consumer recycled PET resin (rPET).

Many other bottlers both in Australia and around the world have converted their water bottles to 100 per cent rPET, however CCA is the first to achieve this on the technically difficult carbonated soft drink (CSD) bottles, sensitive warm filled bottles and aseptic dairy bottles. By converting all of these SKU’s to 100 per cent rPET, seven out of every 10 bottles CCA sells in Australia are now made from recycled post-consumer resin. This equates to over 55 per cent of CCA’s total PET tonnage or a reduction of CCA’s use of virgin plastics in Australia by around 16,000 tonnes a year.

Even more technically remarkable after the bottle weight reductions undertaken over the last decade, the conversion to rPET was achieved without increasing the weights of any packs. In the case of the preform used for warm fill and aseptic dairy, the company successfully light weighted these bottles by a further 8.5 per cent during the conversion to rPET.

CCA’s commitment to increased use of recycled PET has created important demand in Australia, which will encourage further investment in this area so that all recycled
PET used in Australia is sourced from Australia.

Following the launch of the rPET conversion program CCA recognised their need to source local rPET and they now have announced a joint venture with Veolia to develop the business case around building an rPET plant in Australia.

The winner of the Silver Retail Pack Award was Pact Group for New Zealand’s Earthwise brand of PCR 75 per cent rHDPE household cleaning range.

Earthwise has been pioneering eco-friendly products for more than 50 years. Sustainability is at the heart of everything it does and the company is always looking for ways to improve its environmental footprint.

Earthwise follows environmental practices that take into consideration the full life cycle of a product, from sourcing plant-based ingredients, use of recyclable packaging, and management of energy, water and waste to reduce their contribution to landfill.

Earthwise pledged support to the New Zealand Plastic Packaging Declaration and with packaging already recyclable, moving to bottles made from recycled content was the next step. Earthwise will have reused and diverted more than 320 tonnes of plastic packaging from landfills over the next 12 months.

The winner of the Bronze Retail Pack Award was a tie between Brownes Dairy, for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton, and UPM Raflatac & Kiwi Labels for the Custom-Pak rPET Cherry Punnet with self-adhesive label, a permanent adhesive that is also washable at the PET recycling plant.

Brownes Dairy identified that to be truly sustainable it must focus on both end-of-life management and recycling, considering the full end-to-end environmental impact its products and packaging have on  the environment.

After considering different packaging options, Brownes decided to progress the Tetra Rex bio-based carton, from Tetra Pak. These packages are the world’s first fully renewable carton packages made entirely from bio-based, fully renewable materials. The paperboard used is certified by the FSC and is recyclable.

The Cherry Punnet Label applied to the Custom-Pak rPET container has been manufactured on UPM Raflatac Label Stock, printed by Kiwi Labels and has three features
to consider that are relevant to criteria one.

First, the label enables enhanced recyclability of the package once discarded; second the package is manufactured from 100 per cent rPET, rather than just virgin PET; and last, components of the label stock, namely the label liner, now contains 90 per cent post-consumer recycled (PCR) waste which has replaced virgin plastic.”

2020 Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award –  Product Protection
The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year – Product Protection category was a tie between Opal Packaging for its recyclable moulded paper inserts, and Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the TempGuard kerbside recyclable packaging for pre-packaged, temperature sensitive goods.

The Opal Packaging inserts provide protection and presentation for fresh produce inside the carton and offer a recyclable alternative to standard, non-recyclable PVC plastic inserts.

The recyclable moulded paper inserts are made from responsibly sourced fibre and can be customised with specific colours and branding for a range of products. The inserts are currently available for avocado and mango segments in multiple count sizes.

The individually moulded trays provide shock and vibration protection (no ringing on fruit) and offers ventilation and moisture control characteristics to ensure fresh produce integrity.

The inserts are recyclable and an alternative to the standard plastic inserts as they are a third lighter than the current industry PP/PVC insert, which weighs 24gm compared with the moulded paper inserts at 16gm. The inserts can also be reused and are space efficient for storage compared to the plastic inserts. They simplify the recycling process as there is no need to separate inserts from the cartons, saving time and reducing contamination within ‘bale press’ recycling.

Sealed Air’s TempGuard is a kerbside recyclable and ARL compliant paper pouch liner made from virgin kraft paper and is filled with 100 per cent recycled paper. It is used to line cartons that are used for distribution to deliver thermal insulation for chilled items including chilled meals, pharmaceuticals and chocolate.

TempGuard flexible liner pads are 14mm thick and provide cushioning and protection with greater space efficiency compared to EPS (wall thickness of 30mm), and allows the opportunity for customers to decrease the size of the outer carton. TempGuard’s flatpack format enables reduced warehousing costs (space and utilities) and efficiency improvements compared with EPS.

TempGuard virgin kraft fibres on the pouch exterior means that the pouch remains unaffected by product condensation, which is important for chilled applications such as seafood and for other chilled good processors who are looking for alternatives to EPS.
TempGuard is recyclable through PREP with on-pack communication providing information to consumers about what to do with the product at the end of life.
The judges also awarded a High Commendation for the Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year – Product Protection category to Omni Group for the PerformX 100 per cent recyclable stretch wrap. This reinforced film requires fewer wrapping rotations while giving higher holding force. PerformX uses over 50 per cent less film than conventional stretch film.

All of these sustainable packaging designs are now eligible for global peer- recognition through the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards.

The 2021 PIDA Awards will be open in late 2020 and the judges are excited to see what new innovative sustainable packaging is being designed to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Award winners announced

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) formally announced the winners of the 2020 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards ‘virtually’ with over 380 people registered for the two days. The PIDA Awards are an Australia and New Zealand program that is coordinated by the AIP, in conjunction with Packaging New Zealand.

The PIDA Awards have been established to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand.

The PIDA Awards are also the exclusive feeder program for Australian and New Zealand for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards run by the World Packaging Organisation. All 2020 PIDA winners will be automatically eligible for entry into the 2021 WorldStar Packaging Awards competition.

The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year company awards recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging within each of these five manufacturing categories:

  1. Food
  2. Beverage
  3. Health, Beauty & Wellness
  4. Domestic & Household
  5. Labelling & Decoration

The 2020 PIDA Awards also sees finalists in a number of special awards including:

  1. Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award
  2. Accessible Packaging Design Special Award
  3. Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Food Category
The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Food Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within food packaging and processing including fresh, frozen or other. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists were Arnott’s for the Cracker Chips unique split case innovation, BioBag World Australia for compostable cucumber wrap, Disruptive Packaging for Uniqcor for cold chain environments, OF Packaging for Local Legends novelty shaped pouches, Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector, Platypus Print Packaging for the Youfoodz Meal Kit and Primo Foods for the Red Range Slice Pack.

The winner of the Gold award for the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year – Food Category is Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector.

The uniquely designed Lobster Protector packaging is a flat-packed, recyclable, biodegradable, renewable and compostable solution made from 100% food safe materials. This is the first time this has ever been achieved in the seafood industry. The packaging design consists of three key components – that being a wool liner, a fibreboard insert and a corrugated carton with a unique coating to make the carton water resistant. The Lobster Protector is 100% certified food safe and is 100% recyclable and biodegradable, with the critical wool liner compostable (even home compostable). There are no plastic components in this solution.

The winner of the Silver award is actually a tie between Disruptive Packaging for Uniqcor for cold chain environments and Platypus Print Packaging for the Youfoodz Meal Kit.

A Special Commendation was awarded to Primo Foods for the Red Range Slice Pack.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Beverage Category
The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Beverage Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within packaging and processing for liquid or dry tea, coffee, water and soft drinks including wine, beer and spirits. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists were Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton, Coca-Cola Amatil for 100% recyclable rPET bottles, Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range, TetraPak for the JUST Water plant-based reusable water bottle and O-I Glass ANZ for the Millie fruit juice range.

The winner of the Gold award for the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year – Beverage Category was a tie between Coca-Cola Amatil and Ecolean.

Coca-Cola Amatil for 100 perc cemnt recyclable rPET bottles
Coca-Cola Amatil delivered a world-first by converting all of its single serve PET bottles from largely petroleum-based PET resin to 100% post-consumer recycled PET resin (rPET). Many other bottlers both in Australia and around the world have converted their water bottles to 100 per cent rPET, however CCA is the first to achieve this on carbonated soft drink (CSD) bottles, sensitive warmfilled bottles and aseptic dairy bottles. By converting all of these skus to 100 per cent rPET 7 out of every 10 bottles CCA sells in Australia are made from recycled post-consumer resin. This equates to over 55 per cent of CCA’s total PET tonnages.

Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range
This lightweight flexible packaging designed for liquid food products is designed to reduce its impact on the environment with convenience, innovative and eye-catching packaging. The unique designs and shapes of the packaging makes it stand out on shelf and present a quality product to consumer. Designed for chilled pasteurised beverages the packaging performs well in refrigerated and frozen requirements. The material is non-penetrable by UV light and maintains the products ‘coolness’ due to the ouch’s natural composition. When kept at, or below 4 Degrees your milk will stay fresh longer. It will also not leak when laid down on a fridge shelf, can be frozen when sealed and microwaved safely once the seal is broken.

The winner of the Silver award is Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness
The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within cosmetics, toiletries, personal hygiene, supplements, vitamins, perfumes, hair body and oral care. This award also covers packaging of all medicines including over the counter medicines, medical equipment packaging. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists were Pact Group for the New Zealand Earthwise Glow Labs brand of PCR 100% rPET bottle range and Kahuku Natural for the refillable stainless-steel range of cleansers and liquid soaps.

The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness is Pact Group for the New Zealand Earthwise Glow Labs brand of PCR 100 per cent rPET bottle range.

Pact Group worked with New Zealand’s Earthwise brand to launch a post-consumer sourced (PCR) 100% rPET bottle range for their Glow Labs brand. The new range (body wash, handwash, shampoo, conditioner) consisted of seven 100% rPET bottles and replaced the former virgin PET designs. Converting to recycled rPET Pact Group was able to further light weight Glow Lab’s amber bottles by an average of -27% (approx. 37 tonnes per annum). Based on Glow Lab’s volumes, this equates to approximately 130 tonnes of plastic that has been reused and diverted from landfill.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Domestic & Household
The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Domestic & Household Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, packaging within domestic and household items, toys, stationary, gifts, clothing, garden equipment, decorating. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists were Birdstone Collective & NCI Packaging for the DuluxGroup Cabot’s Ready Bucket, Birdstone Collective & Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly Orora Cartons) for the recyclable Telstra Sleeve, Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the Daisy Pool Covers, Gaprie for the P.C. Nets which are a re-usable, alternative for pallet containment, Outside the Box Caskets for an ecological solution to the traditional timber and MDF casket, Pact Group for New Zealand’s Earthwise brand of PCR 75% rHDPE household cleaning range and Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the Korrvu uncompromised product protection.

The winner of the Bronze award is Birdstone Collective & Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly Orora Cartons) for the recyclable Telstra Sleeve

The winner of the Silver award is Birdstone Collective & NCI Packaging for the DuluxGroup Cabot’s Ready Bucket.

The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Domestic & Household category is Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the Korrvu uncompromised product protection.

Korrvu delivers versatility, space efficiency, uncompromised product protection while delivering a unique customer brand experience using a package that is simply is fun and sustainable. Korrvu® packaging uses highly resilient low-slip film that suspends products in the centre of the package, reducing damage from shock and vibration while maximising the visual appearance. The product can be easily removed from the box without the need for additional protective shrink wrap which is hard to grasp and open, often requiring scissors or a knife. The efficient design enables packages to be easily opened, reused and recycled.

The winner of the Silver award is Birdstone Collective & NCI Packaging for the DuluxGroup Cabot’s Ready Bucket.

The winner of the Bronze award is Birdstone Collective & Orora Cartons for the recyclable Telstra Sleeve

During the judging for the Domestic and Household category a number of unique and innovative designs were also noted, and the judges decided to introduce a NEW category from this year into the PIDA Award program called ‘Outside of the Box’. This category is also eligible for a WorldStar Packaging Award.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Outside of the Box
The Gold winner of the inaugural 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Outside of the Box category is Outside the Box Caskets for an ecological solution to the traditional timber and MDF casket.

Outside The Box designs have a very different aesthetic and sustainable footprint to current solutions. The structural design has been developed to meet the strict requirements of the global green burial movement by being fully compostable, which leaves no footprint. While still being functional for its intended purpose, the solution has been rigorously weight tested and has 300 kg load bearing capabilities: all the while being cardboard. This unique innovation is also the first cardboard casket in NZ to meet Natural Burials requirements which means the carbon footprint is even lower compared to a traditional option. In partnership with Trees for Survival, the company also donates a native NZ tree back to the community.

The winner of the Silver award is Gaprie for the P.C. Nets which are a re-usable, alternative for pallet containment.

The winner of the Bronze award for this new category is Sealed Air for the Daisy Pool Covers.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Labelling & Decoration
The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Labelling & Decoration Category is designed to recognise the addition of content to a pack which creates a unique or innovative appearance, function or communication. This may include labels, sleeves, tags, coding/markings, etching, directly applied inks or by any other similar process. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Award Category.

Finalists were NCI Packaging & DuluxGroup for the Porter’s Paints superior crafted paint can range and UPM Raflatac & Kiwi Labels for the CUSTOM-PAK rPET Cherry Punnet with self-adhesive label, permanent adhesive that is also washable at the PET recycling plant.

The winner of the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Labelling & Decoration category is NCI Packaging & DuluxGroup for the Porter’s Paints superior crafted paint can range.

NCI Packaging worked with Porter’s Paints to produce a superior crafted paint can that showcased the brand’s premium quality and differentiated itself within Bunning’s stores. When shopping in paint or hardware stores consumers can be overcome by different paint brands, all fighting for attention using packaging screaming features and benefits, in overwhelmingly bright colours and glossy finishes. The Porter’s point of sale concept creates a store within a store approach within Bunning’s. Knowing that the paint can industry in Australia has never produced a matte can before has allowed Porter’s and NCI to set the tone and be very creative with how they went about using colours, fonts, dyes and materials against a matt finish. The Porter’s range sits together in the point of sale unit, simplifying the shopping experience. This differs to other brands, which are grouped in categories.

2020 Accessible Packaging Design Special Award
The Accessible Packaging Design Special Award is designed to recognise packaging that is accessible, intuitive, easy-to-open and innovative. Accessible Packaging Design needs to include measuring techniques, understanding injuries caused by packaging and consumer satisfaction levels with packaging accessibility. This award is sponsored by Arthritis Australia and Arthritis New Zealand.

Finalists were Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range and Reckitt Benckiser for Gaviscon Dual Action Sachets.

The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Accessible Packaging Design Special Category is Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range

Ecolean worked with Bannister Downs Dairy to design innovative and lightweight beverage packaging that is certified as easy-to-open and easy-to-use by people with reduced hand function.

The Bannister Downs Dairy range has been designed with obvious opening points and the packaging is intuitive to use and open. As the design is shaped like a standard jug, a format well-known for containing and pouring liquids it is intuitive with the ‘tear off’ instructions near the tip of the pack to open the package. The opening tear operates as indicated along the dotted line. The tear-off spout makes the packages easy to open and empty with no need for the use of tools.

The design is also easy to grip, control and manoeuvre with the ‘Firm’ grip Air-filled handle offering stability to hold the package regardless of whether the person is left or right-handed. Ecolean has considered the sustainable packaging design principles and chosen a lightweight flexible package, and the packaging is accepted through the REDcycle recycling program.

 

 

2020 Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year Special Award

The Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year Special Award is designed to recognise companies that have developed innovative packaging or processing solutions that incorporates sustainability considerations. Elements include Social, Material, Source Reduction, Energy and Recovery. One of the winners will be awarded the custom EcodEX packaging environmental assessment valued at $10,000. Selerant will implement its acclaimed EcodEX assessment and provide the winner a reputable third-party environmental evaluation of the product package or formulation. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards Category.

Finalists were Birdstone Collective & Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly Orora Cartons) for the recyclable Telstra Sleeve, Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton, Coca-Cola Amatil for the 100 per cent recyclable post-consumer recycled rPET bottles, ecostore Ltd for New Zealand’s first 100 per cent Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) limited edition hand wash, Nestlé Australia Ltd for the KITKAT Chocolatory recyclable e-commerce solution, Omni Group for the PerformX 100 per cent recyclable stretch wrap, between Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly ORORA Fibre Packaging) for the recyclable moulded paper inserts, Pact Group for New Zealand’s Earthwise brand of PCR 75 per cent rHDPE household cleaning range, Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector, Planet Protector Packaging for the home compostable mailer pouch, Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the TempGuard kerbside recyclable packaging for pre-packaged, temperature sensitive goods, UPM Raflatac & Kiwi Labels for the CUSTOM-PAK rPET Cherry Punnet with self-adhesive label, permanent adhesive that is also washable at the PET recycling plant.

The Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award is always the hardest category to judge as the volume of entries is so high each year and the judges have an extensive process just to narrow it down to a finalist list. This year was no exception.

This year the judges have decided to provide two sub-categories within the award 1. Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year – Retail Pack and 2. Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year – Product Protection.

2020 Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award – Retail Pack
The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year category – Retail Pack is Coca-Cola Amatil for the 100 per cent recyclable post-consumer recycled rPET bottles.

Many other bottlers both in Australia and around the world have converted their water bottles to 100% rPET, however CCA is the first to achieve this on the technical difficult carbonated soft drink (CSD) bottles, sensitive warm filled bottles and aseptic dairy bottles. By converting all of these skus to 100% rPET, seven out of every ten bottles CCA sells in Australia are now made from recycled post-consumer resin. This equates to over 55% of CCA’s total PET tonnage or a reduction of CCA’s use of virgin plastics in Australia by around 16,000 tonnes a year. Even more technically remarkable after the bottle weight reductions undertaken over the last decade, the conversion to rPET was achieved without increasing the weights of any packs and in the case of the preform used for warm fill and aseptic dairy, they successfully light weighted these bottles by a further 8.5% during the conversion to rPET.

 

The winner of the Silver Retail Pack award is Pact Group for New Zealand’s Earthwise brand of PCR 75% rHDPE household cleaning range.

The winner of the Bronze Retail Pack award is actually a tie between Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton and UPM Raflatac & Kiwi Labels for the CUSTOM-PAK rPET Cherry Punnet with self-adhesive label, permanent adhesive that is also washable at the PET recycling plant.

2020 Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award – Product Protection
The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year – Product Protection category is actually a tie between Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly ORORA Fibre Packaging) for the recyclable moulded paper inserts Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the TempGuard kerbside recyclable packaging for pre-packaged, temperature sensitive goods.

Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly ORORA Fibre Packaging) for the recyclable moulded paper inserts
The Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly ORORA Fibre Packaging) inserts provide superior protection and presentation for fresh produce inside the carton and offer a recyclable alternative to standard, non-recyclable PVC plastic inserts. The recyclable moulded paper inserts are made from responsibly sourced fibre and can be customised with specific colours and branding for a range of products. The individually moulded trays provide shock and vibration protection (no ringing on fruit) and offers ventilation and moisture control characteristics to ensure fresh produce integrity.

Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the TempGuard kerbside recyclable packaging for pre-packaged, temperature sensitive goods
Sealed Air’s TempGuard is a fully Kerbside recyclable and ARL compliant paper pouch liner made from virgin kraft paper and is filled with 100% recycled paper. It is used to line cartons that are used for distribution to deliver exceptional thermal insulation for chilled items including chilled meals, pharmaceuticals, and chocolate. TempGuard™ is fully recyclable through PREP with on pack communication providing clear information to consumers about what to do with the product at the end of life.

The judges awarded a High Commendation for the Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year – Product Protection category to Omni Group for the PerformX 100% recyclable stretch wrap.

2020 Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award
The purpose of the Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the Packaging industry.

Finalists were Alison Appleby, Member Resource & Program Coordinator, APCO, Christopher Moffatt AAIP, Quality Control Coordinator & Product Developer, Caspak Products and Kelly Wade, Scientist, Scion (New Zealand).

And the winner of the 2020 Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award is.Kelly Wade, Scientist, Scion in New Zealand.

With a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland, a PhD investigating intervertebral disc nucleus microstructure and biomechanics relationships Kelly was subsequently awarded a number of awards and postdoctoral research fellowships in spine research which found him studying overseas.

Kelly returned to New Zealand in 2018 to work in the Scion Biopolymers and Chemicals team – applying his background of microstructure and biomechanics relationships to innovative packaging solutions.

Kelly is responsible for managing and operating Scion’s WHITE room – an internationally unique facility designed to replicate the effects of humidity and temperature on boxes under stress in the chilled distribution chain. Knowing the conditions under which packaging is likely to fail allows manufacturers of packaging materials and packaging to design materials fit for purpose. Kelly is working with leading global box companies and leading exporters to make sure their products reach the market in perfect condition.

Kelly is now combining his previous knowledge around intervertebral disc structure-function relationships with characteristics of paperboard products and how their structure responds to loading and environment. Kelly and his team are targeting corrugated board boxes that fail in supply chains and cost New Zealand and international company’s billions of dollars in damaged goods – He is investigating solutions designed to strengthen boxes before they begin to fail. These solutions will be based on novel box designs incorporating biomimetic principles.

The Australian Institute of Packaging  (AIP), in conjunction with Packaging New Zealand, would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the finalists and the winners for once again showcasing the unique and innovative packaging designs that are created by amazing Packaging Technologists and Designers across Australia and New Zealand. All of the companies who were awarded a PIDA award are now eligible to enter the 2021 WorldStar Packaging Awards.

The AIP would also like to acknowledge the following award sponsors: Platinum – APCO, Viscotec and Wellman Packaging, Silver – Auspouch, Metalprint, Mosca, Platypus Print Packaging, Verix and Westrock, Bronze – Bio-lutions, Caps and Closures, Cemac, JL Lennard, KHS, Konica Minolta, OF Packaging, Planet Protector, Sealed Air, Taghleef Industries, TetraPak, Zipform Packaging, Esko, Supporters – Aeson Material and Ecolean. In addition, Arthritis Australia and Arthritis New Zealand have sponsored the Accessible Packaging Design Special Award and Selerant have generously donated a prize for the winner of the Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award.

Call for speakers at 2020 AIP Australasian Packaging Conference

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is currently at the planning stage of the 2020 AIP Australasian Packaging Conference that will be held at Crown Promenade on 1 & 2 April. The 2020 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards  (PIDA) and the Women in Packaging Breakfast Forum will also be held as a part of the largest industry-led technical packaging conference in Australia and New Zealand.

Following over two decades of highly successful technical conferences, the 2020 AIP Australasian Packaging Conference will be designed to deliver a two-day educational program that will cover a broad range of topics relating to the theme Packaging: Fit for the Future.

The packaging industry is facing many challenges at the moment with global plastic pollution and recycling issues and transformational changes to value and supply chain models, resulting in negative government and consumer perceptions. These challenges are requiring packaging companies, manufacturers and retailers to re-think their approaches and undertake strategic changes to address the challenges of meeting global and domestic Sustainable Packaging, 2025 National Packaging Targets, transform supply chains; all the while having clear parameters for driving the 4Rs.

The packaging industry globally is looking towards true circular value chains and ensuring that recyclability of packaging, recycled content, reducing packaging wherever possible, replacing problematic materials, designing with new materials, looking at how packaging can be reused and developing closed looped programs are the new normal for packaging design.

The additional challenge of ‘Halving Food Waste going to Landfill by 2030’ is also another target that Food Manufacturers need to recognise and designing Save Food Packaging is a challenge that packaging technologists and designers need to start incorporating into all product development. Packaging Design is also changing with new intuitive and innovative packaging being introduced every day. Now more than ever is the time to collaborate, share ideas and success stories, discuss the challenges and journeys the industry is facing openly and what we can do collectively to work towards the same targets.

The 2020 AIP Australasian Packaging Conference Packaging: Fit for the Future will attract delegates from all facets of food, beverage, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and packaging industries including packaging technologists, designers and engineers, sustainability managers, marketing, sales, production, design agencies to equipment suppliers, raw material providers, users of packaging, retailers and consumers, environmental managers, procurement, quality teams, government & councils and waste & recycling companies.

If you would like to submit a paper for consideration for the 2020 AIP Australasian Packaging Conference then email info@aipack.com.au requesting a Call for Speakers application form and list of recommended topics to suit the audience and the event.

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