Wilmar Sugar’s New Zealand team is working towards a transition to 100 per cent recyclable packaging by 2025.
The target is one of five sustainability goals aimed at the reducing the site’s environmental impact, with the others being centred around reducing energy and water use, CO2 output and waste by 2030.
Safety, Health & Environmental Manager Bob Russell is part of the Sustainable Packaging project team and said a trial of paper-only bags for 25kg white sugar is underway, with hopes the paper-only bags will replace the current plastic-lined packaging in the near future.
“Sustainable packaging has become a big focus in recent years, as we all become more aware of human impact on the environment,” said Russell.
“One of the first projects involved working with our packaging supplier to replace the plastic liner in our 25kg white sugar bags with a moisture proof paper-based coating that is easily dissolvable in the standard recycling process.”
Russell said the company had heard the calls from its consumers to start putting out more environmentally friendly products.
“We sent packed trial bags out to several key customers and have received favourable feedback,” said Russell.
“We are now planning a transition to the recyclable bag, which we expect to have completed by July this year.”