As the peak professional body for packaging education & training in Australasia it is paramount that the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) offers professional designations that are internationally recognised and have the ability to raise the profession of packaging technologists and designers across the globe.
As a consumer you most probably would have read about the Waste Hierarchy and the 5R’s. From a consumer perspective they are:
1. Refuse: Don’t purchase unwanted items
2. Reduce: Eliminate single use packaging wherever possible e.g.: Decline coffee cups, shopping bags, straws and purchase products that are sustainable
3. Reuse: Use products more than once e.g.: Purchase re-usable water bottles, keep-a-cups, reusable and recyclable shopping bags.
4. 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.
5. Repurpose: Purchase products that are made from recycled materials e.g.: Consciously purchase bags, shoes, furniture, jewellery that you know is made from recycled content.
Mindsets have shifted over the last few years and consumers globally are now actively driving brands and their packaging departments to align their Sustainable Packaging Design to incorporate the 5R’s and to redesign with environmental impacts in mind. Packaging Technologists are being asked to reconsider the outcomes of their packaging design all the way across the supply chain from manufacturing to recycling and considering a closed loop and more circular approach. Packaging design can no longer be linear.
When discussing the waste hierarchy from a packaging design perspective Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are the three most important areas for significant and long-term changes; as they are the preventative measures with the highest level of impact.
Achievable steps for packaging technologists can include redesigning the shape and size of a product, reducing thickness and weight of materials, shifting to recyclable materials and even developing a closed loop system for products. Any adaptations to the packaging design, structure and form however must not compromise the ultimate purpose of packaging which is maintain the ability to protect, preserve, contain, communicate and transport a product all the way to the consumer. Packaging must remain Fit-For-Purpose first and foremost before any structural changes are made to a pack. The AIP encourages all packaging teams to undertake a lifecycle assessment where possible before any pack is altered.
Consumers are also driving the focus to what is really happening with packaging at the end of life. Designers can no longer incorporate a mobius loop on pack without asking themselves whether it is actually being recycled or landfilled in the country it is sold in. The answer may then determine a full re-design of their packaging and use of materials. The availability of the APCO Packaging Recycling Evaluation Portal (PREP) enables this decision making for all Packaging Technologists and Designers, as it reflects the true state-of-play in the recyclability of all packaging materials in this country.
If the material is capable of being recycled in the country in which it is sold, then consumer waste and GHG emissions will be significantly reduced across the lifespan of the product. Adding 30% recycled content into all of your packaging also ensures that we are moving towards a circular economy and taking responsibility for our own packaging waste. These steps in turn all go towards achieving the 2025 National Packaging Targets that brands are diligently working towards.
An effective re-design feature of packaging that consumers are slowly embracing is Reuse whereby a customer can Refill their products using the same packaging. It is important to note that reusable containers have a greater environmental impact than one that is single use, if not used correctly.
Whenever possible Packaging Technologists should try and design packaging for continued use and the ability to have multiple uses for the consumer over an extended period of time. Just like a reusable drink container, the more that a refillable pack can be used over a longer period of time the less impact the packaging will have on the environment.
A recent example of an innovative Reuse, Refill and Recycle concept that has considered the product all the way through the Supply Chain is Cif ecorefill. Unilever just announced on their global website the launch of Cif ecorefill, the new at-home technology that allows consumers to refill and reuse their Cif spray bottles for life. Cif has worked to create a powerful no-mess solution, becoming the first household cleaning brand to do so with this pioneering twist and click refill design.
Made with 75% less plastic, Cif ecorefill simply attaches to the current Cif Power & Shine bottles. Through its innovative technology, it seamlessly releases the super-concentrated product into the bottle, which is filled with water at home. The ecorefills are 100% recyclable once the plastic sleeves are removed and, by the end of 2020, the ambition is for all Cif ecorefills and spray bottles to be made from 100% recycled plastic. Going smaller is certainly better – the ecorefills are lightweight and save on storage space. Diluting the product at home means 97% less water is being transported, fewer trucks on the road and less greenhouse gas emissions. (*www.unilever.com/news/pressreleases)
Every day more and more companies are announcing refillable packaging solutions including cosmetics and beauty, toiletries like shampoo and soaps, cleaning products and even beverages. The journey to truly sustainable packaging is exciting and we encourage packaging technologists to take this opportunity to reimagine their packaging and actively work to designing better packaging that addresses Reduce, Reuse, Refill and Recycle. The AIP is here to help guide you with expert-led internationally approved training and education programs and courses available across Australasia.
Nerida Kelton MAIP
Executive Director - Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP)
ANZ Board Member – World Packaging Organisation
All too often Accessible Packaging is not considered when designing products which in turn leads to unnecessary frustration when opening & closing packs, reading the ingredients and opening instructions on packaging. It is important that Packaging Technologists consider how their packaging design could affect someone’s ability to eat, drink and the flow on of wasting food.
Let’s be truthful about Sustainable Packaging Claims on-pack
With the 2025 National Packaging Targets significantly shifting the packaging design landscape in Australia, a critical element that is coming up short is truthful and accurate environmental claims on-pack. More than ever consumers are demanding brands to be honest about their sustainability journey including the choice of wording and logos on-pack.
Entries now open for PIDA awards 2020
Entries are now open until 14 February for the 2020 Australasian Packaging & Innovation Awards for Australia and New Zealand. The AIP, in conjunction with Packaging New Zealand, have designed the PIDA awards to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field in Australia and New Zealand.
As the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is often asked to simply provide a list of the exact substrates and materials that should be selected for every product on the market to meet the sustainable packaging targets. The answer unfortunately is never that simple.
The AIP is pleased to advise that the Semester 1 intake is now open for 2020 Master of Food & Packaging Innovation with applications closing 30 November 2019. The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation is an inter-disciplinary degree that explores food processing, entrepreneurship and innovation in product and packaging design at an advanced level.
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP); the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia; is pleased to once again be joining the official partner program for PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019 (Sept. 23-25, 2019; Las Vegas Convention Centre).
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.
Three Australian companies and one New Zealand company have achieved international recognition for their innovative and unique packaging designs in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards for 2019. The winning companies include Caps and Closures for Precise Pour, ILNAM Estate for 8 Kangaroos, Lactote for POLATOTE and Radix Nutrition for their Foil Packaging Breakfast Pouch and were across three categories, Beverage, Food and Domestic & Household.
On-pack date related label is one of the most direct information carriers used in food industry to communicate specific product attributes with consumers. On one hand, it is regarded as an effective tool which can help consumers to make informed consumption decisions. However, on the other hand, it has been identified as one of the major factors that contributes to the problem of consumer food waste.
Winners announced for 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards
The winners of the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) for Australia and New Zealand were announced at a gala dinner on the 30th of April at the SOFITEL Wentworth, Sydney. The PIDA Awards are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards run by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) with the 2019 PIDA winners automatically eligible for entry into the 2020 international competition.
Finalists announced for 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards
Finalists have been announced for the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) which has been designed to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has announced the winner of the tenth annual APPMA Scholarship program that entitles one lucky person to receive entry into a Diploma in Packaging Technology valued at $9,000. The winner is Janell Siek who sees that packaging is perhaps the most hard-working component of any product found in the retail space.
The use of life cycle assessment tools for sustainable packaging design
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has created a new training course on ‘The use of Life cycle Assessment Tools for Sustainable Packaging Design’. This is aimed at providing an introduction and learning framework for packaging industry professionals to apply lifecycle thinking to their working contexts and includes an understanding of the reasons why lifecycle thinking is critical.
AIP announces finalists for 2019 AOONA scholarship
The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), are pleased to announce that there are three finalists for the tenth annual Scholarship program which will enable one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in Australia the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000. The Diploma in Packaging Technology is a Level 5 qualification which is internationally recognised.
2019 AIP National Technical Forum Registrations are now open
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) confirms that on the 30th of April all of industry will have the opportunity to attend not one packaging educational event, but three. Starting the day with a Women in Packaging breakfast, followed by the biennial AIP National Technical Forum, then finishing with the gala Australasian Packaging & Innovation Design Awards dinner - this is a must-attend.
WPO Lifetime Achievement Award - Keith Chessell FAIP
The Australian Institute of Packaging is pleased to advise that one of its Life Members Keith Chessell FAIP has been recognised for his significant contribution to the packaging industry over the last 50 years with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Packaging Organisation.
2019 APPMA Scholarship now open: applications close 22 February 2019
The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging, are pleased to announce that submissions are open for the tenth annual Scholarship program which will enable one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in Australia the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000.
PIDA awards introduce new special award category for accessible packaging design
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and Packaging New Zealand are pleased to introduce a new Accessible Packaging Design category to the annual Packaging Innovation & Design Awards program. The Accessible Packaging Design Special Award is designed to recognise packaging that is accessible, intuitive, easy-to-open and innovative and is in partnership with Arthritis Australia and Arthritis New Zealand.
AIP helps educate Philippines packaging community
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) recently ran 3 new educational seminars on packaging for over 600 people at the inaugural ProPak Philippines trade show. Powered by ProPak Asia, ProPak Philippines was truly the first-of-its-kind food, drink and pharmaceutical focused international trade exhibition for the regions rapidly expanding processing & packaging industries.
One of the core objectives of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is to ensure that individuals are recognised for their significant contributions to the packaging industry. Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence PhD, FAIP, CPP, National President of the AIP had the opportunity at the gala awards night on the 2 May to present five AIP Special Awards. The AIP Special Awards are not given often and are designed to recognise inspirational individuals who have contributed significantly to the packaging industry over many years.
2019 Packaging New Zealand Scholarship now open
Packaging New Zealand are pleased to announce that entries are now open for their annual Scholarship program for 2019. The annual Packaging Scholarship enables one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in New Zealand the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000. The Diploma of Packaging Technology is offered through the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP); the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia.
Australia & NZ Packaging Innovations recognised in 2019 Worldstar Packaging Awards
Three Australian companies and one New Zealand company have achieved international recognition for their innovative and unique packaging designs in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards. The winning companies include Caps and Closures for Precise Pour, ILNAM Estate for 8 Kangaroos, Lactote for POLATOTE and Radix Nutrition for their Foil Packaging Breakfast Pouch and were across three categories.
2018 AIP Year in Review
With 2018 nearing an end, it is time to reflect on what was one of the most successful and action-packed years the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has ever had in its 55-year history. We started the year by hosting the 2018 AIP National Conference, 2018 Packaging Innovation & Design Awards, 2018 WorldStar Packaging Awards, the 100th World Packaging Organisation Board Meeting and the inaugural Women in Industry Forum and we just kept going for the rest of the year. We have tried to highlight some of the key events and initiatives that the AIP undertook this year in this our final newsletter for 2018.
- Jo Webb
- Company News
- Created 04 Oct 2019
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