A/NZ packaging companies shine at WorldStar Packaging Awards 2021

The A/NZ region has come in third in countries most awarded as it nabs wins across 13 categories in the WorldStar Packaging Awards 2021, run by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO).

Platypus Print Packaging won in the food category for its Youfoodz Meal Kit for the imposition of a two-piece construct which yields more than 30 per cent less raw material waste then a single piece carry case design of the same size.

When ready to use, the release of a notch in the handle allows the brief case style packaging to unfold. The packaging is then repurposed into a tent card that provides easy to follow cooking instructions.

Planet Protector Packaging won in the food category for its 100 per cent plastic-free, flat-packed, sustainable lobster protector that is made of materials that are either recyclable, compostable or biodegradable. The company’s solution also won in the packaging materials and components and transit categories.

Sealed Air won in the food category for its TempGuard solution, which aims to deliver thermal insulation for chilled items including chilled meals, chilled proteins and other temperature sensitive foods during distribution. Comprising of 100 per cent paper, TempGuard is fully recyclable and ARL compliant.

Disruptive Packaging also won in the food category for its Uniqcor Sustainable Produce Boxes, which is 100 per cent recyclable, reusable, and an alternative to environmentally harmful packaging products.

Birdstone Collective was awarded in the household category for its Cabot’s Ready Bucket solution, which replaces the need for a separate oil tin and application bucket, minimising mess, improving value and reducing waste. 

A/NZ had a number of wins within the beverages sector, with Brownes Foods Operations’ Brownes Dairy Renewable Cartons winning for introducing Oceania’s first fully renewable, plant-based cartons across over 25 products. 

Coca-Cola Amatil’s rPET Program was recognised for successfully converting all of its single serve beverage containers to 100 per cent rPET covering bottles used for water, CSD, Aseptic Dairy and warmfill sensitive beverages.

Ecolean Packaging for beverages won because of its lightweight flexible packaging for liquid food products is designed to reduce its impact on the environment with reduced plastics, convenience, innovative and eye-catching packaging. 

Within the labelling and decoration category, NCI Packaging won for its NCI Packaging and DuluxGroup solution, which showcases expertise in packaging decoration through introducing Australia’s first matt finished paint can.

Pact Group took home the win in the household category for its Earthwise solution which is made from at least 75 per cent recycled plastic. The company also won in the health and personal care category for its Glow Lab solution, which is a post-consumer sourced (PCR) 100 per cent rPET bottle range.

All winners will be recognised at an Awards Gala Ceremony in May 2021, where the winners for the special categories – President’s Award, Sustainability Award, Marketing Award and Packaging that Saves Food Award – will also be announced.

“The submissions were, again, of a significantly high standard, and to note was how well the submissions in general reflected the focus of packaging with sustainability in mind,” WPO president Pierre Pienaar said.

“Also of interest was the number of clever and unique ideas. I particularly was impressed with the number of submissions from countries that have in the past not partaken in any significant way. We received a good variety of entries covering all the categories. We will continue to review the categories thus ensuring due relevance is always maintained.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WPO turned to virtual judging for the WorldStar awards.

All of the 194 winners of the WorldStar Packaging Awards 2021 can be viewed here.

WPO also mentioned that further information on the ceremony will be communicated at a later date as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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