In an era where environmental consciousness is at the forefront of consumer concerns, sustainable packaging has become a battleground for packaging companies worldwide. At VIVO PACKAGING, we understand the importance of sustainable practices and are committed to delivering eco-friendly packaging solutions without compromising on quality or functionality. In this article, we will explore our dedication to sustainable packaging and highlight the three main types we specialize in: recyclable, recycled, and compostable.
At VIVO PACKAGING, we firmly believe that sustainable packaging is not just a trend but a responsibility. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our packaging solutions throughout their lifecycle, from design and production to disposal. Our sustainability efforts are driven by our deep understanding of the importance of protecting our planet for future generations.
We offer three main types of sustainable packaging: recyclable, recycled, and compostable.
Types of Sustainable Packaging
Sustainable Packaging Solutions
a. Understanding Recyclable Packaging:
Recyclable packaging refers to materials that can be sorted, processed, and transformed into new products through recycling programs. VIVO PACKAGING prioritises the use of recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, and certain types of plastic, which are widely accepted in recycling systems. By adopting a holistic approach to recyclability, we aim to minimise the amount of packaging waste ending up in landfills, contributing to a sustainable and circular economy.
b. Innovation in Recyclable Packaging:
VIVO PACKAGING’s commitment to recyclable packaging is driven by innovation. We constantly explore new materials, technologies, and design principles that enhance the recyclability of our packaging solutions. By staying at the forefront of industry trends and collaborating with recycling facilities and organisations, we ensure that our packaging aligns with the latest recycling standards and practices.
c. Collaboration for Effective Recycling:
At VIVO PACKAGING, we understand that effective recycling requires a collaborative effort. We actively collaborate with recycling facilities, waste management companies, and industry experts to optimise the recyclability of our packaging materials. By engaging in partnerships and sharing best practices, we contribute to the development of a robust recycling infrastructure that enables our packaging to be efficiently processed and reused.
d. Consumer Education and Engagement:
In addition to our internal efforts, VIVO PACKAGING is committed to educating and engaging consumers about the importance of recycling. We provide clear labelling and instructions on our packaging to guide consumers in proper disposal and recycling practices. By empowering consumers with the knowledge and tools needed to participate in recycling initiatives, we aim to create a collective impact in reducing waste and promoting sustainability.
e. Closing the Loop:
VIVO PACKAGING is dedicated to closing the loop on recyclable packaging. We actively participate in the recovery and repurposing of recyclable materials, ensuring they are transformed into new products. By incorporating recycled content into our packaging solutions, we further strengthen the circular economy and demonstrate our commitment to a sustainable future.
f. Custom Printed Recyclable Packaging:
At VIVO PACKAGING, we offer Custom Printed Recyclable Packaging that’s perfect for businesses seeking to make a sustainable impression. Our unique, personalisable packaging allows you to display your brand proudly, while demonstrating a commitment to the environment. Made from recyclable materials, our packaging solutions align with a greener future, helping your business meet the demands of eco-conscious consumers. With VIVO PACKAGING, eco-friendliness meets effective branding.
a. Understanding Recycled Packaging:
Recycled packaging refers to packaging materials that are made from post-consumer or post-industrial recycled content. VIVO PACKAGING recognises the importance of reducing the demand for virgin materials and minimising the extraction of natural resources. By incorporating recycled content into our packaging, we contribute to the circular economy and support a more sustainable approach to resource management.
b. Sourcing Trusted Recycled Materials:
At VIVO PACKAGING, we prioritise sourcing recycled materials from trusted suppliers. We collaborate with suppliers who specialise in providing high-quality post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content. These materials undergo stringent quality control measures to ensure they meet the necessary standards for packaging applications. By utilising trusted recycled materials, we ensure that our packaging solutions maintain the desired levels of performance and functionality.
c. Benefits of Recycled Packaging:
Recycled packaging offers numerous benefits that align with sustainability goals. By utilising recycled materials, VIVO PACKAGING reduces the demand for virgin resources, conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with the extraction and production of new materials. Moreover, the use of recycled packaging helps divert waste from landfills, reducing the overall environmental footprint.
d. Closing the Loop: Incorporating Post-Consumer Recycled Content:
VIVO PACKAGING goes beyond merely utilising post-industrial recycled content. We actively incorporate post-consumer recycled content into our packaging solutions, creating a closed-loop system. By incorporating post-consumer recycled content, we ensure that the packaging materials have already served their primary purpose and are given a new life, reducing waste and conserving resources.
e. Promoting Circular Economy:
VIVO PACKAGING’s recycled packaging solutions are an integral part of promoting a circular economy. By utilising recycled materials, we help create a market for post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content, incentivising the collection and processing of recyclable materials. This encourages the development of a robust recycling infrastructure, contributing to a more sustainable and efficient use of resources.
f. Educating and Inspiring:
VIVO PACKAGING believes in the power of education and inspiration. We actively engage with our customers and stakeholders to raise awareness about the benefits of recycled packaging and the importance of sustainability. By providing information and resources, we aim to inspire others to embrace recycled packaging and join us in creating a more sustainable future.
g. PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled): A Sustainable Revolution:
PCR, or Post-Consumer Recycled, is reshaping our approach to waste. Unlike traditional recycling that repurposes manufacturing scraps, PCR focuses on giving consumer-used items like plastics and metals a new lease of life. The advantages are manifold: conserving natural resources, reducing energy consumption, cutting down on landfill waste, and shrinking our carbon footprint. From packaging to fashion, construction, and electronics, industries are embracing PCR. For instance, the packaging sector now regularly uses PCR materials, meeting consumer demands for eco-friendly options. In essence, PCR isn’t just about reusing; it’s about innovatively reimagining a sustainable future. By championing PCR, we’re not just recycling; we’re reinventing.
a. Understanding Compostable Packaging:
Compostable packaging refers to materials that are designed to break down naturally and return to the earth, leaving behind no harmful residues. VIVO PACKAGING recognises the need for packaging that aligns with the principles of circularity and environmental compatibility. By utilising biodegradable materials, such as plant-based plastics and natural fibres, our compostable packaging undergoes microbial decomposition in industrial or home composting environments.
b. Investing in Research and Development:
VIVO PACKAGING is dedicated to driving innovation in compostable packaging solutions. We invest in extensive research and development efforts to identify and develop the most sustainable materials and production processes. Through collaboration with industry experts and ongoing experimentation, we continually strive to enhance the performance, durability, and usability of our compostable packaging.
c. Supporting Soil Health and Organic Waste Reduction:
Compostable packaging plays a vital role in supporting soil health and reducing organic waste. By designing packaging that can be composted, VIVO PACKAGING enables consumers to dispose of packaging materials in composting systems, where they can naturally break down and contribute to the creation of nutrient-rich compost. This not only diverts waste from landfills but also fosters the recycling of organic matter and helps build healthier soils for future agricultural use.
d. Certifications and Standards:
VIVO PACKAGING adheres to rigorous certifications and standards to ensure the authenticity and quality of our compostable packaging. We comply with recognised industry certifications, such as the AS 5810, ASTM D6400 and EN 13432, which validate the composability of our packaging materials. By meeting these standards, we provide assurance to our customers that our compostable packaging meets the highest environmental performance criteria.
e. Educating Consumers and Stakeholders:
VIVO PACKAGING recognises the importance of consumer education and stakeholder engagement in promoting the adoption of compostable packaging. We actively educate our customers and stakeholders about the benefits and proper disposal practices associated with compostable packaging. By providing clear labeling and informative resources, we empower consumers to make sustainable choices and actively participate in organic waste management.
f. Closing the Loop:
VIVO PACKAGING is committed to closing the loop on compostable packaging. We actively explore and collaborate with recycling facilities and organisations to develop systems that efficiently process compostable packaging waste. By creating a circular economy where compostable packaging is collected, composted, and reused, we contribute to a more sustainable and resource-efficient future.
g. Custom Printed Compostable Packaging:
VIVO PACKAGING offers custom printed, compostable packaging, crafted from renewable sources. Businesses can personalise their packaging with logos and unique designs, boosting brand recognition and providing an appealing unboxing experience. Our eco-friendly packaging aligns with consumer demands for sustainable choices, supports waste reduction, and appeals to eco-conscious customers. In essence, VIVO PACKAGING blends effective branding with eco-friendliness to meet current consumer expectations.
Supporting Australia in Achieving the 2025 National Packaging Targets
The packaging industry plays a crucial role in achieving sustainability goals, and VIVO PACKAGING is committed to making a significant contribution. As Australia strives to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets, VIVO PACKAGING is dedicated to aligning its practices with these targets.
The 2025 National Packaging Targets:
The 2025 National Packaging Targets were established by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) as part of Australia’s commitment to creating a more sustainable packaging industry. The targets include:
- 1. 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging.
- 2. 70% of plastic packaging being recycled or composted.
- 3. 50% of average recycled content included in packaging.
- 4. The phase out of problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics packaging.
VIVO PACKAGING is fully committed to supporting Australia in achieving the 2025 National Packaging Targets. We recognise the importance of these targets in driving sustainable practices and reducing the environmental impact of packaging. Our company has implemented various initiatives and strategies to align with the targets and contribute to the overall goal of a circular economy.
1. Reusable, Recyclable, and Compostable Packaging:
To help achieve the first target of 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging, VIVO PACKAGING focuses on developing and promoting packaging solutions that meet these criteria. We prioritise the use of materials that can be easily recycled or composted, such as cardboard, paper, and specific types of plastic. By offering a wide range of reusable, recyclable, and compostable packaging options, we enable businesses to make sustainable choices without compromising functionality or quality.
2. Increasing Plastic Recycling and Composting Rates:
VIVO PACKAGING recognises the urgency in increasing plastic recycling and composting rates to achieve the second target. We actively collaborate with recycling facilities and organisations to ensure that our plastic packaging is designed for easy recyclability or compostability. By utilising materials that align with established recycling processes and standards, we contribute to the increased recovery and diversion of plastic packaging from landfills.
3. Promoting the Use of Recycled Materials:
To meet the third target of achieving 50% average recycled content across all packaging, VIVO PACKAGING is dedicated to promoting the use of recycled materials. We actively source and incorporate post-consumer recycled content into our packaging solutions. By prioritising the use of recycled materials, we reduce the demand for virgin resources, support the circular economy, and contribute to the achievement of the target.
4. Phase Out Single-Use Packaging:
VIVO PACKAGING is committed to addressing the fourth target by phasing out problematic and unnecessary single-use packaging. We actively work with our clients and stakeholders to identify alternative packaging solutions that minimise the use of single-use materials. Through education, innovation, and collaboration, we help businesses transition to sustainable packaging alternatives and reduce their reliance on single-use packaging.
VIVO PACKAGING recognises the significance of the 2025 National Packaging Targets and is dedicated to supporting Australia in achieving these goals. By offering reusable, recyclable, and compostable packaging, increasing plastic recycling and composting rates, promoting the use of recycled materials, and phasing out single-use packaging, VIVO PACKAGING is actively contributing to a more sustainable and circular packaging industry. As a responsible packaging provider, we strive to make a positive impact and help Australia create a greener future.
VIVO PACKAGING's Commitment:
VIVO PACKAGING’s commitment to sustainable packaging sets it apart as a leading player in the industry. Through its emphasis on recyclable, recycled, and compostable packaging solutions, the company actively reduces environmental impact and supports the transition towards a circular economy. Additionally, VIVO PACKAGING’s dedication to helping Australia achieve the 2025 National Packaging Targets demonstrates its role as a responsible industry leader. With sustainable packaging as its driving force, VIVO PACKAGING is revolutionising the packaging industry and paving the way for a greener and more sustainable future.