Reducing the environmental impacts of excess packaging and single-use plastics and encouraging business to develop new alternatives is a strategic priority for Green Industries SA.
The state government’s national leadership to phase out certain single-use plastic products such as thicker plastic bags, straws and cutlery and plastic-lined takeaway coffee cups has seen strong community support in response to the release of the Turning the tide on single-use plastic products Discussion Paper.
This strategic priority recognises that investment in technology to develop alternatives can boost manufacturing capability in South Australia and stimulate new business opportunities.
One local manufacturer, Detmold Packaging Pty Ltd, is already harnessing the opportunities arising from developing new and alternative ‘green’ products. It’s this type of initiative which supports economic growth with investment in technology to develop markets for recyclable and/or recycled content products and materials.
Green Industries SA is engaging with industry and developing supporting strategies such as plastic-free retail precincts where alternative products which are recyclable and/or compostable are trialled. It’s an exciting time as we embark on this ground breaking initiative similar to the single-use plastic bag phase-out in 2009.