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Future of packaging white paper

The white paper was developed to support a more strategic and proactive role for industry in packaging sustainability 

The Sustainable Products and Packaging team at Centre for Design partnered with the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), Helen Lewis Research and Sustainable Business to develop this white paper to support a more strategic and proactive role for industry in packaging sustainability. It builds on existing achievements by AFGC members through the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) and the Packaging Stewardship Forum (PSF). The white paper considers past, current and future issues within a sustainability framework. It does not aim to critique or duplicate existing programs, including the APC and PSF. Rather, the intention was to identify actions that could be taken by AFGC and its stakeholders to go ‘beyond compliance’ with the APC and to address broader waste and sustainability impacts and opportunities related to packaging.

The white paper was developed in consultation with many of these stakeholders in a number of stages:.

• Establishment of a Project Leadership Group with representatives from AFGC, Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA), the Victorian Environment Protection Authority, Sustainability Victoria, Nestlé, Kraft, Arnotts, Visy, Amcor and Coles
• Distribution of a background paper to stakeholders on trends impacting packaging sustainability (November 2011)
• A stakeholder workshop (23 November 2011) with over 40 attendees
• Distribution of the draft white paper to stakeholders (February 2012)
• A stakeholder workshop

Research Team
Karli Verghese, Stephen Clune, Simon Lockrey
Research Collaborators
Helen Lewis, Patrick Crittenden
Industry Partners
Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), EPA Victoria, Sustainability Victoria
Date: 2011-2012
Status: Completed