Spotlight on Circularity

Plastics NZ is currently developing a Design Advisory Service which will connect businesses with experts who can help them create pathways to achieve their circular plastics goals.

Plastic NZ’s mission is to create a more sustainable world with less waste by embracing circularity in the design of its systems, products, and packaging by helping businesses in Aotearoa move forward with more sustainable product and packaging solutions.

Over the past month, the organisation has been undertaking market analysis with brands and consultants to inform how the Design Advisory will work, who will be eligible to participate, as well as developing the criteria for subsidised funding.

Plastics NZ believes that businesses want to make good decisions for the environment, there is also mounting pressure from consumers wanting to support more sustainable products and packaging. The hard part is that there is so much information available, it becomes difficult for decision-makers to “do the right thing” as it can be problematic to even navigate the options.

The Design Advisory Service will provide businesses with expert advice (technical, design, sustainability/circular) to help businesses make sound, well-founded decisions in relation to their product development, packaging as well as wider systems initiatives.

The working model is that consultancy is broken down into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Discovery – Plastics NZ will be able to subsidise 50% of the cost of the consulting (up to $3,500)
  • Phase 2: Action Planning - Plastics NZ will be able to subsidise 50% of the cost of the consulting (up to $20,000)
  • Phase 3: Implementation - There is no subsidy available for this phase

The Design Advisory will be piloted in April/May. If you’d like to find out more, please contact Sandy Botterill, Circular Economy Manager on 027 535 3298 or sandy@plastics.org.nz.