The future of packaging

Target uses packaging to protect our products for distribution, storage, sale and use, but two unintended consequences of packaging are resource-use and waste.

We aim to reduce these environmental impacts through smarter packaging design, recycling initiatives and waste to landfill reduction.

To help make this happen we’re an active member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, which is a co-regulatory, not-for-profit organisation partnering with government and industry to reduce the environmental impacts of packaging.

Our Progress

  • We have developed sustainable packaging standards and principles, and trained our team and suppliers in their application.
  • Following extensive work to develop data collection and validation systems, we have started submitting packaging for Australian Recycling Label (ARL) approval. The first 10 products featuring the ARL will be in-store soon.

*Compostable (and biodegradable) plastics can be decomposed by the action of living organisms, usually microbes, into water, carbon dioxide, and biomass. Biodegradable plastics are commonly produced with renewable raw materials, micro-organisms, petrochemicals, or combinations of all three.

**Problematic and unnecessary plastic is defined using the following criteria:

  1. It is not reusable, recyclable or compostable (as per the definitions below)
  2. It contains, or its manufacturing requires, hazardous chemicals that pose a significant risk to human health or the environment
  3. It can be avoided (or replaced by a reuse model) while maintaining utility
  4. It hinders or disrupts the recyclability or compostability of other items
  5. It has a high likelihood of being littered or ending up in the natural environment.

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