Sustainable packaging design - designing the circular economy

The sustainable packaging design principles focus on:

  • Fit-for-Purpose: protection, accessibility, transport, information
  • Low-impact materials: responsibly sourced, recycled, renewable
  • Resource efficiency: lean manufacturing and transport
  • Resource recovery: reusable, recyclable, end-of-life solutions

We have worked to integrate these principles into everything from sourcing raw materials to final disposal, contributing to the creation of the Circular Economy.

Our Botany Paper Mill or B9, in NSW, uses over 450,000 tonnes of old corrugated cardboard (“OCC”), each year to produce over 400,000 tonnes of 100% recycled paper, which is used in our fibre packaging businesses in Australia, New Zealand and North America.

The recycling of this material, from commercial and industrial sources, is an important contributor to reducing OCC going to landfill, making Orora one of the largest cardboard recyclers in Australia.

B9 is also FSC® Certified (FSC-C113466).

Our glass manufacturing plant near Gawler, South Australia, is a significant user of recycled glass, called cullet, in Australia.

The plant currently consumes about 80% of cullet derived from the South Australian container deposit scheme, equating to about 98 million wine bottles being removed from the waste stream each year. This makes a large contribution to avoiding cullet going to landfill and reduces the need for virgin glass material used in the production process.

We are also actively engaged in examining ways to increase our use of cullet from across the rest of Australia, including being part of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Working Group on Glass, which is developing new solutions to increase glass recycling rates in Australia.

Supporting the Australian Packaging Covenant

In Australia, we are a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, which supports collaboration between brand owners, packaging manufacturers, government and others in the value chain to deliver on the Covenant’s three strategic goals.

  1. Resource efficiency
      - Optimising resource use
      - Closed loop economics
  2. Landfill minimisation
      -  Consumer behaviour
      -  Packaging stewardship
  3. Leadership
      -  Reducing environmental harm
      -  Sharing knowledge

We are actively working towards these goals via the APCO Annual Report and Action Plan.

Find out more about Orora's innovations in packaging: