Optima Nutricosmetics is a proud signatory to APCO

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a co-regulatory, not-for-profit organisation partnering with government and industry to reduce the environmental impact of packaging in Australia. APCO promotes sustainable packaging activities including sustainable design, recycling initiatives, waste-to-landfill reduction and circular economy projects. 

As an active, responsible signatory to APCO, Optima is committed to working with all stakeholders to meet key environmental protection obligations. Optima has implemented a program of continuous improvement to ensure we always use or aim for the most efficient and sustainable packaging available. We are required to report to APCO annually on how we have done this and we will share our progress with you via our website and social media channels.

Learn more about APCO here: www.packagingcovenant.org.au

Our packaging journey

APCO has set National Packaging Targets to have all packaging within Australia recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

We began our journey dedicated to launching with a compostable pack. Unfortunately, this technology is not yet suitable given the delicate nature of some of the phytoactive (plant-derived) ingredients in our product; however, we are working with our packaging suppliers to seek and test innovative compostable solutions as technological advancements evolve.

We are committed to reaching APCO’s 2025 goal well ahead of time with a three-stage approach:

Step 1: Recycle (with your help)
Step 2: Recycle (we’ll do it for you) and reuse
Step 3: Reuse and compost

Step 1: Recycle (with your help)

We believe product packaging is our responsibility and we are working to make packaging disposal easy and sustainable. To ensure product efficacy, Optima has chosen a safe, food-grade pack, recyclable under existing soft-plastics recycling programs.

Simply place your Optima bags in the soft-plastics recycling bins located at your local supermarket. These bins divert flexible plastics – the ones you can't put in your kerbside recycling bin – from landfill and turns them into a material used to manufacture new products.

The scoop is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified food-grade virgin timber.

Step 2: Recycle (we’ll do it for you) and reuse

Optima is testing new, innovative, kerbside-recyclable, food-grade packaging. We believe we’re 6 to 12 months away from a viable solution.

Concurrently, we are sourcing sleek and stylish, reusable benchtop canisters that will complement any kitchen decor. Transfer your Optima into these canisters then discard the original packaging as per the disposal directions.

Step 3: Reuse and compost

We are simultaneously testing food-grade packaging options for both home and industrial composting. These will be cradle-to-cradle or, more accurately, soil-to-soil. We believe we’re 12 to 18 months away from a viable solution.

Pioneering compostable solutions – the future of packaging

APCO identifies compostable options as a viable, sustainable packaging solution. These technologies are still energy intensive and most neighbourhoods don’t offer industrial composting facilities. The good news is new technologies are emerging every day.

We’re committed to staying abreast of these advancements and partnering with the Australian Government, APCO and other relevant parties to help ensure that all packaging in Australia is either reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Learn more about our commitment to manufacturing in an ethical, thoughtful, socially and environmentally responsible manner here