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Sustaining our future
At Detpak, our approach to the environment is all encompassing. We are a company with an environmental focus, so we are constantly striving for improvements and innovations to sustain our environment, as well as guarantee our own future.
At Detpak, we only use paper and board from large, reputable raw material suppliers, which means no old growth forests are used. We keep the use of inks and adhesives to a minimum and prioritise the use of water-based and soy inks wherever possible. As part of our commitment to sustainable sourcing, we use ethically sourced raw materials in all our manufactured products, including recycled on FSC/PEFC paper and board, where possible.
Responsible Manufacturing Practices
We regularly assess and update our manufacturing practices to ensure our processing is as sustainable as possible, and is in line with, or ahead of industry standards. We are always aiming to reduce our inputs, including lowering our power and water usage, and minimising the use of solvent-based inks and adhesives.
At Detpak, we are also mindful of our own use of packaging, and we use the minimal amount of packaging when delivering our products to customers. Our waste is always disposed of in line with Environmental Protection Agency approved practices.
We maintain the most highly recognised global standards for food safety and quality consistency, including ISO 22000, ISO 9001 and BRC accreditation certifications. Our products are manufactured in a food packaging grade environment so our customers can be assured that they achieve the highest quality standards.
Detpak was one of the first signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant, a sustainable packaging initiative that encourages businesses to reduce the environmental impacts of consumer packaging. We promote sustainable packaging design, increased recycling rates and efforts to reduce packaging litter. As part of our membership we submit annual reports to demonstrate our progress against a rigorous set of environmental targets.
At Detpak, creating a packaging solution which aligns with your specific environmental goals and packaging needs is as simple as possible.
To help you make an educated decision, every product on our website has listed its raw or base material, the Environmental Checkpoint, which signifies whether it’s sustainable, compostable or recyclable, and its lining.
What is 'Sustainably Sourced'?
The paper or board materials used in our products are responsibly sourced, and the supplier has been audited for evidence of sustainable and ethical practices. Our range of Eco-Products® is made from either renewable resources or post-consumer recycled content.
What is 'compostable'?
Our compostable packaging is made from organic materials that break down naturally in optimal conditions, leaving no toxic residue. Microorganisms, humidity, and heat is required to break packaging down effectively and when combined with green waste and food scraps, can create a nutrient dense compost to improve our soils.
Detpak’s range of paper and unlined board products are readily compostable and for all other items, various global certification standards exist, enabling consumers to understand how to responsibly dispose of their packaging. Certain packaging requires commercial composting facilities with the right amount of heat and moisture to break down, and other items may be compostable in a home compost environment. We recommend you check with your local council re acceptance of food soiled compostable packaging through green waste collection.
What is 'recyclable'?
A product or material is recyclable if it can be collected and re-manufactured into a new product. If a Detpak product is listed as recyclable, it means this product can be readily recycled via kerbside recycling streams once food residue has been removed.
End of Life Disposal
Detpak works with waste management and resource recovery stakeholders to develop increasingly sustainable options for product disposal, including diverting products into new recycling streams. As part of our membership in the Australian Packaging Covenant, Detpak is proactive in meeting its obligations under the covenant and promotes resource efficient packaging design; the recovery and recycling of used packaging; and reducing the incidence and impact of litter. The Detpak team can advise you on the best packaging options to suit your disposal or recycling expectations.
Reducing and Offsetting our Carbon Emissions
As a business, it is important that we understand our total energy usage, so we can take steps to minimise our carbon footprint and do our part to stop climate change. Every time we take a flight, drive a car or turn on a light, we burn fossil fuels and release greenhouse gas emissions into the air, contributing to climate change.
Detpak has been working closely with the Carbon Reduction Institute on a Low Carbon Programme. We audit energy use across our business, and work to find new ways to reduce our energy use and greenhouse gas emisions, as well as putting practices in place to offset our current greenhouse gas emissions.
At Detpak, our purpose is to make a positive impact for our people, our partners and our planet. That's why we work closely with industry bodies, local and federal government, and leading industry associations, to bring you the best in sustainable packaging.
These key partnerships enable us to remain at the forefront of global packaging legislation, emerging industry trends and insights, and sustainability initiatives and guidelines, so you can feel confident we've got you covered.