Australia’s Environment Ministers have committed to all packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, as part of the Toward 2025 initiative.
This global initiative, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, looks at the way resources, raw materials and packaging are currently being utilised. This initiative aims to make significant changes in current consumer use of packaging, which will impact manufacturers as well as other key stakeholders.
In Australia, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation has been tasked with rolling out the targets and actions that will support this aim. The United Kingdom and France have introduced similar aims.
The European Commission noted that increased scarcity of raw materials used to make various forms of packaging is leading to a real focus on recycling, and a larger use of recovered materials1. Significant pressure continues to be placed on sustainably sourced raw materials as consumers and brands become more conscious of the environmental impacts of the production of plastic, paper and board products.