The Unpackit Packaging Awards are given out every year for the best and worst examples of food packaging in NZ. For the 2013 awards, nominations opened in April and close Friday 5 July. Plenty of time still to nominate the best or worst food packaging you’ve come across lately. To nominate click here.
Next the public get to vote on which nomination they think should win, with voting opening on Friday 19 July 2013.
The Unpackit Packaging Awards are run by Wanaka Wastebusters a community organisation whose work includes recycling, reuse and education on sustainability. The awards, which receive financial support from the Waste Minimisation Fund, began in 2010 with the aim to raise awareness about packaging waste. The awards have proven a success with 250 nominations being received in 2012 and 10,013 votes cast from around the country.
Not only do Wanaka Wastebusters organise the awards every year they also offer a sister website, Smartpackaging, where anyone interested in learning more about food packaging can go and find out about, for example, what packaging materials are used in NZ and if they are recyclable. The website emphasises that smart packaging is minimal and easy to recycle, reuse or compost.
After hints on how to purchase less packaging when doing your grocery shop? Here’s some ideas: Don’t use packaging if it’s not needed, choose packaging which can be recycled or reused, use refill containers where possible and remember to use your reusable shopping bags to take your groceries home.
Another helpful tip is to avoid containers made from different materials: soft-drink cans made from plastic and metal can’t be recycled while Tetrapak (made from layers of plastic, metal and paper) is recyclable only in a few places.
Greenwashing? Heard of it? I hadn’t until doing this blog. The term relates to businesses who use green PR to promote their products which aren’t truly eco friendly. Check products for accreditation marks before you buy so you know what you’re buying is the real deal.
So check out the Unpackit Packaging Awards website for info and to nominate your fav or not so fav food packaging.