Australia’s pioneering salad manufacturer One Harvest has strengthened its commitment to shaping a sustainable future by announcing all plastic packaging is to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
As a member of ANZPAC Plastic Pact, One Harvest will work in collaboration with other key players to bring to life a shared vision of a circular economy for plastic. Together through shared knowledge, investment and industry lead innovation the Pact will implement solutions tailored to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands region.
As a member of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact, by 2025 One Harvest is committed to achieving four key goals set out by the Pact. These Include:
- Eliminating unnecessary and problematic packaging through redesign, innovation and alternative delivery models
- 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025
- Increase plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by at least 25 per cent for each geography within the ANZPAC region
- Averaging 25 per cent recycled content in plastic packaging across the region.
Stephen Humpage, General Manager Non-Produce stated, “While plastic has given us the opportunity to create new and innovative products and recipe formats for our customers that can stay fresh for days longer than before, we need to act now. Our products touch thousands of consumers each and every day, committing to a solution is an important milestone for One Harvest and our people”.
“In the past year, One Harvest have implemented a number of initiatives across our 4 sites to eliminate problematic plastics and have re-engineered through in house technologies to reduce and optimise our current packaging formats. The business continues to increase the level of post-consumer recycled packaging in numerous packaging designs. We do however, recognise that there is more work and innovation required to rethink the way we design, use and reuse plastic to ensure a better tomorrow.”
ANZPAC estimates that in Australia, only 18% of all plastic packaging is recovered for future use and that by 2040 if we fail to act, the volume of plastic in the market will double and the annual volume of plastic entering our oceans will almost triple. The solution begins with a consistent approach across global supply chains, moving from a linear approach to a circular economy for plastic in which it never becomes waste or pollution.
Justin Pennock, CEO of One Harvest said, “We are dedicated to our purpose in helping Australian’s live better lives through the food we produce. Our commitment to ANZPAC, was a simple decision for our business; sharing our knowledge, collaborating on issues we are facing is the key to ensuring that we are shaping a sustainable future for generations to come”.
For more information on the ANZPAC Plastic Pact and its initiatives click here.