Packaging Accord: Statement of Intent
Foodstuffs is a signatory to the New Zealand Packaging Accord
2004: Brand Owners and Retailers Sector Action Plan.
The Packaging Accord is a joint initiative between the packaging
industry, local and central Government, and the recycling industry,
to reduce packaging waste.
The objective of The Accord is to improve the sustainability of
packaging used in New Zealand by:
• Better partnerships and
• Brand Owners and Retailers
taking the primary responsibility for product stewardship
throughout the package life cycle.
• Greater material and energy
efficiency in the production, use and recovery of packaging
• Supply chain initiatives
that foster markets for sustainably-made packaging, including more
use of recovered packaging material.
From time to time, Foodstuffs may impose terms and conditions of
supply related to its obligations and commitments in relation to
the Packaging Accord.
Foodstuffs encourage suppliers to become signatories to the
Packaging Accord in their own right and to observe its principles.
The Packaging Accord 2004 may be downloaded from the website of the
Packaging Council of New Zealand at http://www.packaging.org.nz.
Suppliers are also asked to adopt and comply with the Code of Practice for the Packaging of Consumer
Goods, a self-regulatory code of practice developed by the
Packaging Council of New Zealand. The Code seeks to promote
excellence in environmental design of packaging while preserving
its functionality (e.g. product integrity, public safety, consumer
In accordance with the Code, and in order to minimise the
environmental impact throughout its life cycle, packaging should be
designed such that:
• The pack volume and weight are
reduced to the minimum required to maintain the necessary safety
and hygiene of the packaged product.
• It should be able to be reused or
recovered, and the environmental impacts arising from the recovery
or disposal are minimised.
• Harmful or hazardous substances
and materials occurring in emissions, ash or leachate on disposal
Notwithstanding the above, packaging must be suitable to
withstand the rigors of the supply chain, preserve the integrity of
the product contained, and meet customer requirements for
A full copy of the Code of Practice may be downloaded from the
Packaging Council's website: http://www.packaging.org.nz/