2.2 Packaging Material Efficiency Optimisation

Objective

To reduce material consumption and associated environmental impacts in the packaging life cycle by optimising the volume and weight of packaging.

Description
This criteria considers actions taken to reduce the amount of material used in packaging, or to ensure that packaging has been ‘optimised’ within current constraints. Optimisation must be reviewed regularly as changes in commercial arrangements, materials and technologies may present new opportunities to improve. These actions may have been taken as a result of a Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPG) review, or in response to another business driver (e.g. business efficiency, supply chain review etc.).
Scoring
Core:  this criteria must be attempted by all Members.

Conditional: must satisfactorily meet the conditions of one question before progressing to the next.

Sector Variations
  • Packaging suppliers:The scope of this criteria is the packaging used to distribute your products.i.e. to transport packaging materials and components to customers.
  • Retailers: The scope of this criteria includes packaging for own-brand products, any packaging given out in store (e.g. carry bags, fresh produce bags, tissue paper etc.), and any packaging used for online sales to consumers.
  • Global companies:This criteria applies to all products put on the market in Australia, regardless of where they were designed or manufactured.
  • Importers/distributors with limited control over packaging:Focus on any packaging that you source within Australia, e.g. distribution packaging.

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