What The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Means For Your Business


The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to reduce the environmental impact of packaging in Australia. Since its establishment in 1999, APCO has worked with industry, government and communities to develop and implement sustainable packaging solutions. At Upac, we support the use of recyclable packing from paper tape to 100% recyclable plastic bags. We offer expert advice to a wide range of businesses on how they can meet their obligations and goals under the APCO program.

APCO works with industry members, including Upac, to design, deliver and promote effective and efficient sustainable packaging solutions. These initiatives include the introduction of recycling symbols on DURAPLAS plastic bags. These symbols are designed to make recycling easier for end user customers. We are also pleased to have launched duraplasbags.com.au to help our customers educate consumers and connect them with local recycling services.

If you’re open to thinking beyond traditional packaging, do the environment a favour and consider a zero waste strategy. Packaging is an area where almost every retailer can reduce waste entering landfill. Implementing eco-friendly packaging isn’t tricky, but it’s essential to research and ensure you have the right packaging for your customers.
What is a zero-waste packaging system? A zero-waste packaging system means you use only recyclable or reusable packaging materials. The key to a zero-waste packaging system is reducing unnecessary waste. Switching to greener packaging options doesn’t have to increase costs. Zero-waste packaging options can include:
• recycled cardboard boxes,
• 100% recyclable DURAPLAS bags and satchels, and
• 100% biodegradable E-Tape Fibre adhesive packaging tapes.

DURAPLAS bags are also free from oxo-degradable plastics.
APCO and Upac are actively working towards a future where all packaging will be made from sustainable materials that can be reused, recycled or composted. Together, we can help reach a target of 70% of plastic packaging either recycled or composted by 2025.

Selvator from Nana Food made the move from 32um LDPE bags to DURAPLAS 28um 100% recyclable bags in 2020. Making this move not only provided a consistent high quality product but gave Nana Food the environmental edge that supported the bakeries support of APCO. The reduction of thickness by using DURAPLAS 28um bags means a reduction in plastic used by a massive 996kg a year, and additionally, taking advantage of these bags being 100% recyclable, means more bags go into Australia’s soft plastic recycling systems and are re-used to make new plastic park furniture, bollards and Agricultural products, right here in Australia.

Chat to Upac today about how we can help your business switch to cost-effective, environmentally friendly packaging today. Don’t hesitate to contact sales@upac.com.au for expert support and advice.

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