labels & packaging play an important part of our everyday lives. They carry our food, beverages, medication and many other useful and important items. The relationship between labels and packaging and their impact on the environment can be complex. QLM has the expertise and supply chain to provide practical and easily accessible solutions that provide true results in achieving sustainability goals.
WHY do we need to change?
Exposure to considerable environmental issues, government commitments, changing consumer attitudes, global commitments and individual companies setting targets are all contributing to a change in mindset, behaviour and expectation.
We generate a lot of waste every year. Materials lost to landfill include plastics, paper, glass, metals, textiles, masonry, food and other organic materials, are resources that are going to waste. Even though the overall waste generated per person in Australia has actually declined and recovery rates have increased, overall waste generation overall continues to rise, driven by growing populations. AND our recycling rates are still way too low, even though there is considerable investment now being expended on recycling plants and infrastructure.
You will hear more and more about the ‘circular economy’ where we shift from take, make, use & dispose of society, to one that has a more circular approach that maintains the value of resources longer. You will also be exposed to terms like the new plastics economy, a global commitment on plastic waste where stakeholders rethink & redesign packaging, eliminate unnecessary packaging and innovate to reuse, recycle, compost. It is popularly called the “war on plastics” and is an extension of the circular economy where the goal is to keep plastics in the economy by recycling and reusing.
What is sustainability & how do YOU achieve it?
Sustainability goals should be set and achieved through a holistic approach that considers the overall impact we have on the environment. It is necessary to consider the role of each part of the process, from raw material supply, manufacturing and logistics, to brand owners and consumers. While many brands considered a ‘recycled’ or ‘compostable’ label to be the only or best choice, this is not accurate and should be considered amongst a range of factors. At QLM we work with the world’s leading suppliers of raw materials to ensure you get the best and most credible options to help you achieve your sustainability goals.
The 4 Rs of Sustainability
Note: there were 3 R’s: there is now an additional R as “recycling” becomes more complex and specific.
work with us to achieve your sustainability goals
It is easy to be confused with the many options, terms and materials available. We can all play a part in achieving a more sustainable planet. Talk to us today to evaluate which options work best to achieve your sustainability goals.