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Eco-packaging is made from compostable or recyclable materials. If disposed of correctly, it minimises the amount of packaging in landfills.

Costs and Benefits

If eco-packaging is disposed of correctly, i.e. in a commercial compost facility or recycled, it helps reduce the amount of packaging waste going to landfill.

Compostable packaging is made from renewable resources such as bamboo, corn and potato starch and sugar cane products. It is often produced with less environmental impact. For example, producing corn starch or sugar cane products uses 65% less energy than producing conventional plastics and also generates fewer greenhouse gases.

Eco-packaging products generally cost more than conventional packaging products

Accreditation Standards

To be awarded the badge, Retailers must:

  • only use disposable packaging that is recyclable or compostable* in the business's region**. For example: disposable/takeaway coffee cups, plates, food containers and cold drink containers.
  • inform customers (by way of signs in-store) how to dispose of the packaging correctly 

*The “compostable” packaging must:

  • Have been tested and proven to compost in a New Zealand commercial commercial facility; and/or
  • Be certified compostable and carry the Ok Compost, BPI, and/or Seedling logo.

**Currently “compostable” PLA products can only be accepted in Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton. In Auckland paper coffee cups that are accepted by VISY for recycling can be supplied. No compostable packaging products are currently accepted in Christchurch or Bay of Plenty. Contact us for more information.

To be awarded the badge, Suppliers must:

Sell one of the following compostable or recyclable packaging products

  • Compostable or recyclable* coffee cups and lids and/or,
  • Compostable or recyclable takeaway food containers and/or
  • Compostable or recyclable takeaway cold drink containers and/or
  • Compostable paper towels.

Compostable packaging suppliers:

To qualify as “compostable” packaging must be either:

  • Certified compostable under Ok Compost, BPI America or Seedling Logo; OR
  • Have been tested and proven to compost in a New Zealand commercial compost facility (please contact the Ethical Business Advisor for more details).

Currently “compostable” PLA products can only be supplied in Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton. In Auckland paper coffee cups that are accepted by VISY for recycling can be supplied. No compostable packaging products are currently accepted in Christchurch or the Bay of Plenty.

Recyclable packaging suppliers:

To qualify as a “recyclable” packaging supplier evidence must be provided that your products are recyclable in the Conscious Consumers regions they supply to.

*Currently recyclable coffee cups are permitted in Auckland only. Auckland based suppliers please contact the Auckland coordinator for further information. Other suppliers for more information contact the Ethical Business Advisor.

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Eco-packaging is made from compostable or recyclable materials & often with less environmental impact than other packaging. Each year it is estimated that Conscious Consumer businesses save

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