This page provides a profile of the Wanaka Wastebusters' Unpackit Best and Worst Packaging Awards.
Wanaka Wastebusters was awarded funding of up to $150,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund to run the Unpackit Best and Worst Packaging Awards in 2013 and to engage New Zealanders in a conversation about packaging waste. Wanaka Wastebusters supports New Zealand householders and businesses to choose smarter packaging. The Waste Minimisation Fund also supported the awards in 2011 and 2012.
The 2013 Awards received more than 400 public nominations and 15,000 votes and featured in more than 350 media stories. This raised the profile of packaging waste as an issue in New Zealand.
Success stories from the awards
- After winning the 2013 worst packaging award, Progressive Enterprises switched from polystyrene to a recyclable tray for their pre-packaged courgettes.
- After being shortlisted for the worst packaging award, Sealord changed their snack packaging to recyclable cardboard.
- After winning the worst packaging award in 2012, Foodstuffs announced their intention to move towards 100 per cent kerbside recyclable packaging for both produce and private label products. In 2015 Foodstuffs introduced a fully recyclable tray for butchery products which also contained recycled material. This is the first time a supermarket has found an alternative to the 250 million polystyrene trays used for butchery products in New Zealand, all of which go to landfill.
- Online resources such as the Smartpackaging website have been created to help businesses make better packaging choices and provide them with information about packaging materials.
Sophie Ward and Gina Dempster with trophies for best and worst packaging awards 2013.
Source: Wanaka Wastebusters