Organisations have a level of responsibility regarding the full life cycle of their product packaging. To encourage Australian Manufacturers to design and adopt sustainable packaging, the Australian Packaging Covenant which was developed in 1999 under the National Environmental Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure (NEPM).
Manufacturers interested in reducing the environmental impacts of their product packaging volunteer to become Signatories of the Covenant where they establish a five (5) Project Plan that will deliver three (3) primary performance goals:
- Design: to design their packaging to deliver resource efficiency to reduce environmental impacts by using recycled material where they can for packaging whilst maintaining the quality and safety of their product.
- Recycling: analyse and ensure that all packaging utilised within their production process is collected and recycled.
- Product Stewardship: Provide leadership and influence stakeholders to adopt sustainable packaging practices and to avoid packaging becoming litter. Signatories are also required to improve their overall environmental performance.
Signatories of the Australian Packaging Covenant are subject to audits of their action plans to ensure their commitment is maintained, in return Signatories are provided with resources, training and funding from the Australian Packaging Covenant to support their efforts.
Further information about the Australian Packaging Covenant, read: