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Many business owners are surprised to learn that waste materials are not treated equally around the world. 


Each country has different laws, recommendations, recycling facilities and capabilities to treat different waste materials. There are even regional differences within Australia and New Zealand. This makes it even more complicated to select the best sustainable packaging for your needs.

As a packaging specialist, AWEN is a trusted consultant to businesses in Australia and New Zealand. We have a working knowledge of which materials can be recycled or fed back into productive use in these countries. We also have strong relationships with a wide range of sustainable designers and suppliers.

Enabling a circular economy

The current linear economic system of ‘take-make-waste’ is no longer viable for businesses, people or nature. With our extensive understanding of packaging materials, resources and design, AWEN believes that waste and pollution are design flaws. We draw on our extensive experience and knowledge to help business owners use innovative materials, thoughtful design and new technologies to create products that can remain in use or be reinvented. 

Our credentials AND APPROACH

AWEN adheres to industry-leading guidelines for sustainable packaging in Australasia. These include: 

  • The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Sustainable Packaging Guidelines to develop a circular economy for packaging

  • The Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) guidelines for clear labelling

  • The Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal (PREP) standards for recyclability

  • The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) as a member of professional body for packaging in Australasia.

We hold official accreditation and registration with APCO, ARL, PREP and AIP.

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Our initial consultation is free. Please get in touch to discuss your current packaging practices and sustainability goals.

We tailor recommendations and a way forward to suit your unique needs.

We consult relevant local guidelines including APCO and ARL as we work alongside you to design and implement the best solutions for your business.

We share our preferred supplier and designer list with you, including businesses such as Opal who offer sustainable fibre packaging and paper solutions.

We encourage regular reflection and review, to maintain the highest environmental standards and stay aligned to leading industry practice.

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