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I want to believe – August 2022

Where are Mulder and Scully from The X-Files when you need them? Four years ago, I was invited to speak at the AIP Australasian...

Red herrings and white elephants – July 2022

When Morrisons recently decided to switch its milk packaging from HDPE bottles to cartons, the supermarket chain hailed savings of 100 tonnes of plastics...

Odour and out – June 2022

In today’s packaging industry, it is not uncommon to hear the term ‘closed loop’, and I created my own closed loop recently when I...

Not-so-progressive taxation – May 2022

As I write this column, someone just wished me a “Happy Plastic Tax Day!” From 1 April, companies that manufacture or import 10 or...

It’s semantics – April 2022

Have you ever wondered about the difference between the words ‘guarantee’ and ‘warranty’? Or between ‘regardless’ and ‘irregardless’? Or even between ‘between’ and ‘among’?...

Hard work ahead – March 2022

One of the biggest news stories of the past month saw a consortium of businesses, led by packaging manufacturers and brand owners, back a...

Ocean drive – February 2022

Christmas is traditionally deemed a period of excess, whether it be excess eating, drinking, present-buying, waste-generating or spending. While many of those traditions still...

Bacteria to the future – January 2022

The ultimate goal of the recycling industry is to achieve a circular economy, in which waste is converted back into its basic components and...

Fighting talk – December 2021

Former professional boxer Mike Tyson once said that you can have a plan, but that plan only works until you get punched in the...

Hyped up! – November 2021

Crossing my desk this past month was a couple of reports accusing sectors of the packaging industry of greenwashing and hype, whether it’s ‘eco-friendly’...

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