Black plastic is considered a problematic plastic material therefore does not get recycled. To prevent this from occurring we decided to address this issue by finding a better alternative that can be recycled at kerbside pickup to increase the likelihood of our packaging being recycled and reused.
Our lids and jars are now made with 100% post-consumer waste rPET – contains no virgin plastic and is recyclable. This in turns closes the loop on the use of virgin plastic being used.
Industry to deliver 4 National Packaging Targets by 2025, of which 2 concern recycling:
70% of plastic packaging being recycled or composted
50% of average recycled content included in packaging (20% for plastic packaging).
As a business we have exceeded both of these targets!
We have also become members of APCO https://apco.org.au/ and as par of our strategy we are looking at the following:
- Use recycled materials: We will include the highest possible percent of recycled material available to us, whilst maintaining product integrity and shelf life.
- Design to reduce product waste: By evaluating each product, we have identified areas that can be improved to allow the consumer complete use of the contents of the product, i.e. a bottle allows the consumer to completely empty a product, a tube leaves residue.
- Design for recovery (recyclable/compostable): We will improve packaging through a reduction in un-recyclable plastic and or increasing re-usable packaging components aiming to achieve the NPTs of having 100% recyclable or reusable material by 2025.