Australia Post satchels to be made of recycled plastic

By 2021 Australia Post’s plastic satchels for its delivery staff are all to be made of recycled plastic.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement at the National Plastics Summit in Canberra on Monday this week.

Nicole Sheffield, executive general manager community and consumer at Australia Post, said the commitment underlines the postal operator’s drive toward a sustainable future. “Australia Post continues to incorporate sustainable design principles in the development of our packaging, as we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, non-renewable resource use and water consumption. As online shopping grows, Australia Post is focused on reducing the quantity of non-recycled packaging that moves through our network,” Sheffield said.

The satchels were originally launched in December 2019 and the postal operator aims to provide a range of packaging options for its customers. This is the latest phase in Australia Post’s drive to reduce the use of plastic – in 2019 it supported REDCycle to supply more than 1,800 plastic recycling points at supermarkets across the country.