This article is the second in a new series by Ferret.com.au focussing on practical ways manufacturers can reduce packaging use and embrace more environmentally sustainable packaging materials in warehouses, factories and distribution centres.
Part one, discussing an innovative new stretch film, can be found by clicking here.
The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a voluntary national initiative, but State Governments are also patently aware of the need to encourage the development of more environmentally sustainable products.
The NSW Government, for example, has recently announced finalists in its 13th Green Globe Awards. These awards recognise environmental excellence, leadership and innovation.
Pallet and packaging supplier CHEP Australia
has been named a finalist in the Environmental Innovation category of the awards for the deployment of its beverage tray equipment pool for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector.
The Environmental Innovation award recognises "new technology, design or research that results in significant resource savings, new approaches in sustainable practice or innovative change in environmental management."
The NSW Government notes that CHEP's beverage trays eliminate around 1,250 tonnes of one-way cardboard packaging waste each year from the beverage supply chain.
Designed as a 'one-touch' packaging solution, these trays can be used for storage, transportation and in-store retail displays, not only reducing the amount of packaging required at each point in the supply chain, but also significantly reducing transport fuel use and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
Commenting on the development of the innovative beverage trays, CHEP Australia's Business Development Manager Frank Vittoria explains that "CHEP led a collaborative project to 'imagine a more innovative beverage supply chain', that included reduced environmental impacts. The result was the pool of reusable multi-purpose beverage trays, which will hold either 1.25 litres carbonated soft drink bottles or 2 litre juice bottles."
As to the company's nomination for the Green Globe Awards, Frank says that CHEP is "delighted that the tray has reduced the environmental impact of the beverage supply chain."
The Green Globe Award winners will be announced on 3 September 2012.