Organised by the World Packaging Organisation, the annual WorldStar Packaging Awards recognise excellence in everything from safety to smart branding to sustainability.
So eco-friendly were this year’s 345 contenders that WPO president Pierre Pienaar, commenting on the high standard of the entries at the 2021 awards, declared, “It was notable how well the entries in general reflected the focus of packaging with sustainability in mind.”
At the latest incarnation of the awards, smart and sustainable food and beverage packaging from Down Under wrapped up some major wins, giving major players including Japan, China and the US a 100 per cent-recyclable run for their money.
The Australian contenders were selected from the winners of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP)’s most recent Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards program, the exclusive ‘feeder’ program for the WorldStar contest.
Top Aussie achiever was Planet Protector Packaging, recognised across a trio of categories: Food Packaging; Packaging Materials; and Components and Transit.
Planet Protector and the other Australian winners are also in the running for the WorldStar Special Awards, announced at the 2021 virtual WorldStar Awards ceremony, scheduled for May.
Australian food and beverage packaging 2021 WorldStar Packaging Award winners
Food category winners included:
- Sydney, NSW-based Planet Protector Packaging https://planetprotectorpackaging.com, for its super-sustainable ‘Seafood (aka Lobster) Protector’ https://planetprotectorpackaging.com/seafood-protector – which also netted awards in the ‘Packaging Materials’ and ‘Components and Transit’ categories;
- Sydney, NSW-based Disruptive Packaging https://disruptivepackaging.com.au for its sustainable, recyclable, customisable and cold-storage-friendly Uniqcor® packaging; https://youtu.be/WkURTTpFt8k?t=32
- Geebung, Queensland-based Platypus Print Packaging https://www.platys.com.au for the Youfoodz https://youfoodz.com Meal Kit packaging; https://youtu.be/vXI47BWFUGQ?t=21 and
- Sealed Air® brand Protective Packaging, Australia https://www.sealedair.com/products/protective-packaging for its TempGuard™ kerbside recyclable packaging, suitable for pre-packaged, temperature-sensitive goods.
Beverage category winners included:
- Coca-Cola Amatil Australia https://www.ccamatil.com/au for its 100 per cent recyclable drink bottles, made from recycled plastic packaging resins (known as rPET); https://www.ccamatil.com/au/news-and-insights/only-at-amatil/2020/06/leading-the-way-on-recycled-content
- Ecolean https://www.ecolean.com/sustainability – another global firm with an Australian office – for its Western Australia-based Bannister Downs Dairy https://bannisterdowns.com.au range of chilled, pasteurised, biodegradable chalk pouch packaging; and
- WA agribusiness Brownes Dairy https://brownesdairy.com.au/farm-to-fridge/our-packaging/ for Australia’s first renewable gable-top milk carton, made entirely from wood fibres and sugarcane, avoiding the need for a plastic membrane lining. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk9FcBaB2A0&feature=emb_logo
Apply for the 2021 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards
The deadline for this year’s Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) is 5 March 2021. To download entry forms and criteria, visit the AIPACK PIDA site http://aipack.com.au/2021-pida-awards/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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