Issue 47 – March 2013
The Packaging Council of New Zealand (PAC.NZ) published The Code of Practice for Packaging Design, Education and Procurement in December 2012. The code is underpinned by the fundamental principle that good packaging design prevents more waste than it creates.The objective of the code is to assist stakeholders in the design, manufacture, and end-of-life management of packaging to minimise its environmental impacts. The code is detailed enough for packaging decision makers without it being too technical to understand by non-experts.
- outlines key principles and considerations for the evaluation of packaging systems and materials for their environmental impact
- emphasises reducing both the actual amount of packaging waste in line with the objectives of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, and the environmental effects of packaging waste
- includes the elements of best practice in packaging design, as it applies to all packaging of goods in New Zealand, including imported goods
- includes an introduction to legal obligations to all industry stakeholders.
The updated code includes performance indicators from the Consumer Goods Forum's Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability, the new ISO Standards for packaging and the environment, and a selection of appropriate indicators from the Global Reporting Initiative.By including global best practice, the code meets the needs of the New Zealand market, including new challenges from the impact of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, but is also internationally aligned.
→ Read more on the new ISO Standards for packaging and the environment
Summarised from PAC.NZ's website.