Fresh/ Table, New Zealand, Australia, Retail, Sustainability

A green leap forward: Australian company’s sustainable potato bag wins top packaging award

South Australian packaging company Detpak has been honoured with the prestigious APPMA Packaging Design Innovation Award for their groundbreaking Kerbside Recyclable Paper Bag for Fresh Potatoes.

“This recognition at the APPMA Awards of Excellence 2024 in Melbourne underscores our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and sustainability within the packaging industry,” the company says in a news release.

Detpak’s journey toward this groundbreaking packaging solution was marked by collaboration with Mitolo Family Farms and Coles, two industry giants equally committed to environmental stewardship. Together, they set out to transform the landscape of fresh produce packaging, aiming to reduce plastic usage and minimize environmental impact.

After three years of rigorous research and development, Detpak successfully launched Australia’s first kerbside recyclable paper bag for fresh potatoes. This innovative solution slashes plastic usage by an impressive 64%, equating to 8.2 tonnes less plastic each year, and maintains product quality, extends shelf life, and offers kerbside recyclability, perfectly aligning with Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation guidelines.

“This achievement resonates far beyond mere recognition; it signifies a shift toward sustainability within the grocery sector, fuelled by consumer demand for sustainable packaging,” the company says. “Detpak takes immense pride in leading this change, pioneering solutions that meet and surpass industry standards.”

Romano Bolzon, Detpak, Group General Manager of Sales, emphasised Detpak’s ongoing commitment to driving sustainable change across the packaging industry, and our dedication to evolving packaging solutions for the environment.

“This award stands as a testament to the dedication and hard work of every member of the Detpak team, as well as our invaluable collaboration with Mitolo Family Farms and Coles. Together, we have proven that sustainable innovation is achievable and essential in shaping a brighter, greener future for generations to come.”

Source: Detpak
Image: Credit Detpak

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