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A guide to the new ban on oxo-degradable plastics

The climate crisis continues to be a big concern across the globe with many countries taking action to cut their carbon footprint. The New Zealand government and the general public are working towards a cleaner, greener solution to our waste management. In 2019, the ban on single-use plastic bags was a resounding success and highlighted how important it is to reduce our waste and find...

Difference between recyclable, biodegradable & compostable packaging

Innovations in eco-friendly packaging have come a long way in recent years as single-use items become less popular with customers and businesses alike, due to the environmental damage they cause. That leaves business owners like you with a decision to make, which sustainable packaging alternative is best for you? We have put together some tips below which will help you understand the range of...

Why sustainable packaging is important for New Zealand exporters

Global sustainability trends are leading to many countries reassessing the sustainability and recyclability of their packaging waste. Tough new restrictions and regulations have been introduced by key New Zealand export markets to increase the use of recyclable and reusable packaging, with the hope that distributors will move away from hard-to-recycle packaging materials.

The impact of COVID-19 on packaging

Almost every industry has felt the effects of COVID-19 in some form or another – the packaging industry is no different. In early 2020 no one could have predicted what was to come, and just how much of an impact COVID-19 would have on our day-to-day lives. For the first time ever for many of us, social distancing was a behaviour that had to be followed to try and reduce the spread of the virus....

How to improve your packaging to make it easier to recycle

Did you know that here in New Zealand we generate 17.49 million tonnes of waste per year, of which approximately 12.59 million tonnes are sent to landfill? It’s no secret that packaging can play a big part in contributing to the amount of waste heading to our landfills each year. According to the Packaging Council of NZ, New Zealanders consume around 735 thousand tonnes of packaging every year;...

Easy ways to switch from plastic to paper packaging

Reducing or eliminating the quantities of plastic your business uses doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the level of strength, durability, and protective capacity your packaging provides. It’s quite the contrary with numerous paper packaging alternatives being able to provide equal, if not better, protection than existing plastic packaging options.

What are corrugated boxes and can they be recycled?

In a world packed with consumer goods, we are also spoiled for choice with the range of packaging materials available to us. Reusable, recyclable, compostable and more – we now have almost any type of packaging that we want or require, at our fingertips.

Regulated product stewardship & what this means for plastic packaging

As part of the New Zealand government’s long-term plan to reduce the amount of rubbish heading to our landfills, or causing pollution to our environment, six products have been declared for regulated product stewardship, including plastic packaging. This declaration falls under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, and puts more responsibility on companies like manufacturers, to work towards more...

Is custom packaging a sustainable option?

Packaging – it’s an essential part of any e-commerce or online store. Without it, we couldn't easily ship anything without it suffering a great deal of damage. Items like cardboard cartons and boxes, protective packaging and even the humble roll of tape are all essential items that ensure our packages stay nice and secure on the way to their destination.

Packaging tips for small businesses

As many businesses make the shift online and look for even more creative ways to promote their business and their products, it’s important that you find a way to stand out. For smaller businesses, in particular, making sure that you delight your customers at every part of the purchase process so that they keep coming back is important. A key part of this process, and something that shouldn’t be...

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