The Unpackit Awards are run by Wanaka Wastebusters, a community enterprise set up by the Wanaka community in 2000. Wanaka Wastebusters’ work includes recycling, reuse and education for sustainability services.
The Unpackit Awards were launched in 2010 with the over overall goal of raising awareness about the issue of packaging waste in New Zealand.
In 2011 we travelled far and wide on the Unpackit Roadshow of Joy, delivering our message in 37 cities and towns from Bluff to Kaitaia. 8,743 votes decided the winners of the Best Packaging Awards to be PotatoPak and the Worst Packaging Award went to Sunsweet Ones, individually wrapped prunes. Read more about the result from the 2011 Awards.
In 2012 we had 250 nominations for the best and worst packaging and 10,013 votes gathered from all over New Zealand. The winner of the Best Packaging Award was Bin Inn and the Worst Packaging Award went to Foodstuffs for their practice of putting vegetables on polystyrene meat trays and wrapping them in plastic. Read more about the results of the 2012 awards.
The 2013 Unpackit Awards have received financial support from the Waste Minimisation Fund, which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment. The Ministry for the Environment does not necessarily endorse or support the content of this website.
Our sister Smart Packaging
We have a sister website all about smart packaging with a wealth of information for consumers and businesses. We think it’s smart to use less packaging. Where packaging is necessary, smart packaging is minimal, and easy to recycle, reuse or compost. It is not dumped in a landfill. Smart packaging adds value to a smart company’s brand and attracts smart consumers.
It contains detailed information about common packaging materials and their end of life scenarios in NZ and also a whole section on the newer area of bioplastics. There is information about what can be recycled and where all our recycling ends up and a a stack of great reports for people who just can’t get enough information about packaging.
The Project team is made up of Wanaka Wastebusters staff who all bring their various talents to the table.
General project enquiries
- (03) 443 8606 ext 9
All media enquiries to Gina Dempster
- (03) 443 8606 ext 8
- 027 443 7116 or
School education enquiries to Simon Williams
- 03 443 8606 ext 6
- 027 201 4484
Or come and see us at our place
- Corner Ballantyne and Riverbank Roads, Wanaka
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