SEPTEMBER – 2023
The Environment and Sustainability
With a higher and higher importance being placed on the health of our environment, Oppenheimer NZ are fully committed to providing our customers and the market in general with sustainable, functional, cost effective and most importantly environmentally responsible alternatives in the packaging space.
There are a number of global initiatives that are now placing definitive protocols and actions into place, creating a roadmap for the industry in general to follow. These initiatives are designed to assist with achieving environmental goals and Oppenheimer NZ and our suppliers are helping to lead the way forward in these areas.
Many of these initiatives are working alongside directives from European, the American and in turn Australasian legislators to achieve sustainable and environmentally focused programmes and some of these initiatives are outlined below;
Sustainable Packaging Coalition www.sustainablepackaging.org
Soft Plastics Recycling www.recycling.kiwi.nz
The Packaging Forum www.packagingforum.org.nz
As the importance of this focus increases, the New Zealand Government’s 2025 Packaging Accord has been initiated, aligning with a global aim to create ‘a new normal’ for plastic packaging.
As part of this accord, there are targets that will be reviewed frequently, becoming increasingly ambitious over the coming years with targets to include;
Elimination: Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single use to reusable packaging models.
Innovation: Innovate to ensure 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025.
Circulation: To circulate the plastic produced, by significantly increasing the amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new packaging and/or products.
As part of this directive, Oppenheimer and our supply partners are looking forward to meeting with you to discuss suitable packaging options and your own environmentally focussed goals. These environmental and sustainability goals tied into the functionality required to get your products to market in the condition required/expected (at the right cost……..) is an exciting opportunity so please feel free to discuss these ideas with your local Account Manager or through the “Contact Us” link below for more information.
Please see below a list of relevant links that may be of some assistance or interest to you and your business;
Ministry of Primary Industries
Australian and New Zealand Foods Safety Authority
Australian and New Zealand Food Standards
Australian Food and Grocery Council – Product Information Forms
Westpac Exchange Rates
Modified Atmosphere Packaging Information
Maersk Shipping Information
European Food Safety Authority