Sustainable packaging

The need for recycling is well understood these days – but even so, far too much of the packaging of our food and other products used in their manufacture is destined for landfill. Sanitarium strives to use packaging that supports reduce/reuse/recycle, and we're mindful of the environmental impact of packaging through its entire lifecycle when making decisions on which materials to use.

Our Action Plan supports the Corporate Environmental Policy, which in practice means (among other things):

  • Sanitarium will develop, implement and review the environmental standards that apply to our product packaging.

  • Our “whole-of-lifecycle” approach ensures all our employees are aware of, and take accountability for, minimising their environmental impact.

  • We engage with consumers through our website and product labelling, and with major suppliers through regular packaging reviews.

  • We ensure the proper handling and disposal of waste through segregation and collection of recycled material at our facilities, and supporting the creation of markets for material that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Supporting a Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging in New Zealand

Sanitarium is a member of the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme which provides a collection service for soft plastic packaging materials including cereal bags in selected stores around New Zealand. Look out for the soft plastic recycling bin pictured below!

The scheme is 100% funded by industry which pays for collection and the processing of soft plastics and the scheme has supported the development of onshore processing of post-consumer soft plastics in New Zealand with two North Island plants; Future Post in Waiuku and Second Life Plastics in Levin.

> Find your nearest soft plastic collection point here


 
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