A visiting academic from Sweden will be one of the speakers at the upcoming AIP Technical Dinner on Wednesday the 6th of March at the Box Hill Golf Club.
Organised by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), the event will feature Dr Helen Williams, senior lecturer in energy and environmental systems, Karlstad University, Sweden and visiting academic at RMIT, Robin Tuckerman FAIP, RT Consulting and Warwick Hall, Vice President, Australasian Bioplastics Association.
Dr Helen Williams
In order to develop better packaging from a sustainability perspective it is important to increase understanding about the service dimensions of packaging. The prerequisites for service that packaging function provide for influence environmental and social outcomes, both in the supply chain and households. It is often environmentally sound to invest in better packaging if food waste is reduced. Though packaging prevents food waste, the design can sometimes be a cause of food waste in the consumer user phase.
A key reporting obligation for signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant is to implement the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines, a reporting requirement that assists in the design, manufacture and end-of-life management of packaging. In addition to answering a series of up to 70 questions on each packaging type supplied to the market, a signatory must also address the issues of Design, Recycling, and Product Stewardship in relationship to its products over the life of the Covenant. Robin will explore the relationship between the requirements of the Australian Packaging Covenant and the ready availability of materials with appropriate environmental credentials.
Mr Hall will discuss the end of life opportunities for compostable bioplastics and provide an update on the Australasian Bioplastics Association verification schemes to the requirements of AS4736 - 2006 and AS5810 - 2010.