WHY WE’RE PROUD MEMBERS OF APCO
Imagine, if, by 2025, 100% of packaging in Australia was reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
That is one of the many ambitious goals put forward by APCO, Australia’s leading organisation in the field of packaging sustainability.
WHO ARE APCO?
APCO stands for the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation. They are a non for profit organisation leading the way toward a circular packaging economy in Australia.
Their goals and strategies are focused on keeping as much packaging out of landfill as possible, and ensuring that packaging can be recycled or repurposed where possible.
WHO DO THEY WORK WITH?
APCO works with all relevant stakeholders in the packaging ecosystem, including: Government, Packaging Manufacturers, Product Manufacturers, Brand Owners, Legislators, and more.
HOW DO THEY IMPLEMENT CHANGE?
APCO works with all relevant stakeholders to focus on three areas to implement change and innovation:
1) Systems & Education
3) Materials Circularity
APCO implements change through a wide variety of initiatives. One big initiative they’ve taken is the introduction of the official Australian Recycling Label, a project they’ve rolled out with the help of Planet Ark and PREP to help consumers understand how to properly dispose of their waste.
They also set realistic goals for the industry to aim for, such as their 2025 national packaging targets.
WHAT ARE THEIR 2025 NATIONAL PACKAGING TARGETS?
WHAT DO CONSUMERS THINK OF THESE GOALS?
Monash University has found that:
-91% of customers want brands to use sustainable ingredients and materials
-92% of customers believe sustainable business practices should be standard (rather than the exception)
-Over 50% of people believe products should be made from fully recycled materials
WHERE DOES CCS PACKAGING FIT INTO THIS?
As a packaging manufacturer with a strong sustainability ethos, CCS Media have been an APCO signatory since 2018.
We have ranked strongly against other packaging manufacturers based in Australia over the last few years, and our sustainability efforts have only grown stronger over the years.
ARE OUR GOALS ALIGNED?
Yes! CCS Packaging is working hard to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, whilst recognising that packaging is an inevitable part of our modern lifestyle.
APCO provides us with an invaluable support system and framework to lead the way as a market leader in packaging sustainability.
You can view a case study here, outlining how we were able to reduce the environmental impact of our client Edible Beauty’s packaging. We were able to reduce their packaging materials by 40%, and switch to recyclable, FSC® certified materials.
At CCS Packaging, we strive to reduce our environmental impact each year. This is why we are proud members of APCO.