Redesigning packaging with reduce, reuse, recycle in mind

As a consumer, you might have heard about the “Waste Hierarchy” and the 5Rs. From a consumer perspective they are: Refuse – do not purchase unwanted items. Reduce – eliminate single-use packaging wherever possible. This means declining plastic coffee cups, shopping bags, straws and buying products that are sustainable. Reuse products more than once. Purchase reusable water bottles, keep-a-cups, and recyclable shopping bags Recycle – ensure that you place your products in the recycling bins and purchase products that are recyclable. Look for products that are using the new Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) to better understand the true recyclability of the materials.


AIP Save Food Packaging Consortium meets to discuss Food Waste CRC project

During FoodTech QLD this week the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) convened a meeting with the Save Food Packaging Consortium to discuss the next stage of their Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) project. Attendees included AIP, Sealed Air, ZipForm Packaging, Multivac, Result Packaging, Plantic and AFGC. (RMIT research team participated via Skype)


Plastic packaging debate: ‘Don’t go compostable… yet’

While consumers cry foul over plastic packaging, such as wrapping on fresh fruit and vegetables, SMEs are being urged to hold fire on switching to compostable alternatives, and instead embrace a two-pronged attack on the issue. Speaking at the APAC Food Safety Conference in Sydney on Thursday (22 August), the Australian Institute of Packaging’s Keith Chessell said that consumers’ negative view of packaging is largely driven by the fact that they are the end user — i.e. the one who has to dispose of it.


AIP Education Director appointed Professor Sichuan University

Pierre Pienaar, Education Director for the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and President of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), recently received an appointment as Professor to the Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. Chengdu is the fourth largest city in China with a population of 17 million and is the capital of Sichuan Province. Sichuan University was founded in 1896 and is one of the three oldest universities in China. It is one of the most prestigious national key universities in education, research and social impact in China. It is engaged with 248 global academic universities and research institutes in 42 countries.


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