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Blackmores recognised for performance in packaging sustainability

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Blackmores announced as winner in Australian Packaging Covenant Awards - Medium Pharmacy and Personal Care category.

Blackmores has received an accolade for their high achievement in reducing the environmental impact of their packaging by the Australian Packaging Covenant last night.

Leading the company focus on continuous improvement, Chief Operating Officer, Richard Henfrey has thanked the leading natural health company’s suppliers and retailers for their support in finding ways to reduce the impact of product packaging, increase recycling rates and developing innovative sustainable packaging solutions. 

“One of our biggest achievements in the year was the introduction of a ‘closed loop’ process for deliveries to our packaging facility at Warriewood which resulted in the removal of more than 60 tonnes of cardboard and plastic waste as well as giving us improved handling time and operational efficiencies,” explained Richard Henfrey.  

“This project was initiated to help us deliver on our commitment to environmental sustainability, though we have since enjoyed the numerous operational and cost-savings benefits from the change and ultimately our customers will benefit.”

“We set high sustainability performance goals but none of them can be achieved without the support or enthusiasm of our suppliers, retailers and staff so we cannot receive this award without extending our thanks to them for their passion.”

Mr Henfrey paid tribute to the vision of Maurice Blackmore, Australia’s pioneering naturopath who founded Blackmores in the 1930s and had views on recycling that were ahead of their time: “Maurice Blackmore understood the link between healthy people and a healthy planet, which is still core to who we are today.” 

The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business. It is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues.

Blackmores was a founding signatory of the National Packaging Covenant (NPC) which is now called the Australian Packaging Covenant.

For further information, please contact:
Sally Townsend
Head of Communications
M: 0419 225 781

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